Back in the 90’s, when I first got into Motocross, AXO (pronounced akso) was a huge name in the gear market. Some names you may know who wore AXO in past include Bradshaw, Stanton, Huffman, Lusk, McGrath and Carmichael. In fact, what’s now the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team wore AXO throughout the 90’s. I know I probably missed a gazillion important racers who used to wear AXO, the truth of the matter is, I was very young back then and AXO was huge. Nowadays AXO has this guy in Europe you may have heard of named Antonio Cairoli wearing their gear – he’s been dominating GP Motocross for close to 10 years.
In the past few years AXO has had some weird designs, but they are coming out with some cleaner looking gear lately. I couldn’t believe how nice the gear was when I took it out of the package.
AXO Motion Jersey
Fit & Comfort I like a roomy jersey, but the AXO Motion jersey fits quite a bit larger than most jerseys – I’d say it’s at least one size up. Unless the size you usually wear fits tight, I’d recommend going down a size. As you can see in the picture, the XL jersey is really, really big on me. In the description it does say “generous pattern”, this must be what AXO means by that.
Design Man motocross gear has come a long way over the years. These gear companies seem to have the jerseys down. AXO, makes the Motion Jersey out of lightweight material, with light, soft cuffs that aren’t tight on your wrists and a well designed v-neck made of soft material that doesn’t rub you the wrong way
Ventilation This isn’t a super vented jersey designed for hot weather. For a normal jersey it is well vented though. As I said above it’s made of lightweight material. It also has extra ventilation on sides of jersey, this material is similar to what a highly vented jersey uses.
AXO Motion Pants
Price: $138.00 This is a great price for the AXO Motion Pants. They are among the best pants in the $100-$150 price range and aren’t outdone by pants in the $150+ price range.
Fit & Comfort I really couldn’t ask for anything different. These pants fit perfect, offer plenty of room, and don’t fall down. They are held up by tightening straps on the sides and a button closure on the front that I had no issue with. I prefer this set up over having elastic in the waistband, sometimes pants with elastic waistbands slide down during a moto. I never had anything bug me or stick out to me as an issue on the track, so I think they’re great.
Design The AXO Motion pants are a little different than your typical MX pants. They have no heavy rubber badging, the AXO logos on the legs appear to be sublimated and are backed with a little padding. I’m guessing the padding is for a little added roost protection. As you’ll read below they are very well made and offer unique ventilation.
Durability This is how pants are supposed to be made! The AXO Motion pants feature large leather knee panels and high quality materials. The leather knee panels are also very thick, I don’t think there are many (if any) pants out there that will outlast the AXO Motion pants in this area. They are really well made. I haven’t even had a snag or loose stitch!
Ventilation The AXO Motion pants aren’t really touted as ventilated pants, but they do vent well. The nylon panels are perforated to improve ventilation – this isn’t the most unique ventilation feature though… At the top of the knee, rather being attached, the pants are open. This allows air to flow through the opening and only be restricted by the pant’s liner. Check out the picture to help understand what I’m talking about.
Knee Braces Knee brace wearers will have no issues in these pants. There is plenty of room, plus they are designed to take abuse.
It may be over 15 years since AXO has had a top rider in U.S., but with the quality of gear they are putting out you’d be crazy not to consider AXO for your next set. The jersey was a bit too big, but the AXO motion pants are my new favorite (Although, I do really like Fox’s 360 pants too). I can’t say enough good about the AXO Motion pants.