The Woodsman is a technical softshell pant for enduro riding. It’s just as at home on tight Northwest woods singletrack as it is in the open desert or on extended ADV trips. The hybrid design puts a Schoeller waterproof/breathable material on the knees and seat for protection from wet brush, wet seats, and water crossings, while the DWR coated nylon oxford upper provides excellent breathability.
There are four vents on the thighs, two cargo pockets for your wallet, phone, trail map, or clip knife, and two hand pockets that are ‘handy’ when you’re off the bike. The pockets all zip closed, so you won’t lose your valuables if you bounce off the trail. The Woodsman is cut to fit inside your boot for durability and grip, and has ample stretchiness for maximum mobility. It’s either a ‘touring pant you can trail-ride in,’ or a ‘trail-riding pant you can tour in,’ depending on your perspective.
The Woodsman takes design inspiration from ski touring and alpine gear. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s ‘stretchy.’ Not just in a few small panels, but everywhere. To complement the stretchiness, we articulated the patterns for athletic riding, and for alternating between a seated and standing riding position. The Woodsman pants are so comfortable that you might not want to take them off when you’re done riding. Minimalists can use the Woodsman as their only pair of pants on a multi-day trip.
They work on the bike and off, around the fire, or even out for a beer. Dust and dirt are the only things that will give them away them as riding pants.The Woodsman’s in-boot design allows you to grip the bike directly with your boot – without pinching fabric in the middle – which is how the bike-makers and boot-makers intended it. That’s why you rarely see off-road racers in over-the-boot pants. Unlike most in-boot pants however, the Woodsman has a full-length inseam, so you won’t get that ‘moto-capri’ look when your boots come off.
With the Woodsman, we’re breaking free from the convention that you need to wear waterproof ADV gear all the time. In most sports, when the rain stops the rain gear comes off. With ADV, many riders wear waterproof gear in every type of weather regardless of whether it’s raining or not. Even in the desert with no chance of rain, we see ADVers in head-to-toe waterproof clothes, trying to manage their heat problems in all sorts of creative ways. With the Woodsman, when the rain stops you can take off your rain gear and continue your trip in a stretchy, more breathable, more comfortable pant.
The Woodsman takes a ‘hybrid’ approach to water management. The thighs and butt are fully waterproof with a 3-Layer Schoeller softshell, while the crotch and calves are membrane-free for maximum breathability. All the seams are taped, and the entire pant is treated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating, so light water beads up at the surface. There’s just enough water repellency for stream crossings, muddy puddles, dewy brush, and light rain, without causing heat problems on the rest of the ride.
We call the Woodsman a ‘90% pant,’ because 90% of the time it’s exactly what you need. In full-frontal rain, the Woodsman pairs with a packable over-the-boot rain layer like the Deluge.
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Product Creation at Mosko is an effort born of necessity. Everyone on our team rides – and time on the trail translates to an innovative, always improving product line. Crafting gear that will outperform in even the most harsh riding conditions means we make no compromise, ever.
Just took delivery of a the Woodsman Pants and right out of the box they really impress. They are very lightwieght at just over 2lbs. Beautifully made and cut with a seamed sealed on the inside. They look good enough to wear to dinner in a fancy restaurant. They fit perfect in full height motorcycle boots, or fit perfect over short height adventure boots such as Forma. The four pockets are really excellent....you can have a fat wallet in the top pocket while sitting riding the bike and not know its there....likewise a a phone in one of the lower pockets. I am 200lbs 5ft 10 inches and these days wear a size 34 or 35 jeans. The sizing chart would have had me get a size 40. I ordered a size 36. Surprised to find the 36 very roomy without armoured shorts on underneath...the fit and are not tight even with the waist straps pulled all the way in. But with a good belt on they stay up fine and look great. I think the fit will be good when I get some Leatt armoured shorts under them. The knees look good to go over knee protection provided its not too bulky. The pants are very comfortable standing or sitting on the bike. The four vents are exceptionally good. The pants material though thin and light is substantial and very strong. Considering the high level design and fabrication these pants are well worth the money. In comparison to equivalent high end ski pants they are actually inexpensive. Never again will I wear restrictive, hot, and heavy Goretex moto pants. Thanks Mosko Moto. Please consider doing a back country ski wear line !!
In the short time I've owned these pants I have grown to love them. They are super comfortable on and off the bike. The entire pant stretches which is a huge improvement over conventional stiff adventure gear. The venting is excellent, and can even be felt working effectively while walking around. The crotch area rides fairly high, making mounting and dismounting a tall bike easy when you have to lift your leg way up. My only gripe is with the sizing, I normally wear a 33 in jeans, and a 34 in klim pants. Mosko's size chart recommends I get a size 36. I ordered a 34 in the woodsman, and was unpleasantly surprised that it was far too big. So big that even with the waist straps fully tight, they were falling down while walking. I filed a return request and ordered a 32. The 32 fits snugly but still allows room for armor, base layers, etc. Other than that frustration and wasting over $60 on import fees getting them in to Canada, they are a good quality pant and I look forward to many years of use and abuse.
Hey Mosko, this pant could really use an accompanying lightweight enduro jacket (hint hint)!