Once exclusively the domain of gravity-oriented riders, pants are increasing in popularity for riders of all disciplines.
Mons Royale Virage Pants
Based in beautiful Wanaka, Mons Royale have plenty of amazing New Zealand riding on their doorstep to test their products. The Mirage Pants are the only mountain bike specific pants in their line-up, and I tested a size medium in Dark Sage, one of three colours on offer.
Materials, fit and features
The point of difference with Mons is their use of Merino Wool, and in the case of the Mirage Pants they contain 14 percent Merino Wool, 81 percent recycled polyester, and 5 percent elastane. The idea behind the use of Merino Wool is that it removes moisture away from the body faster than other fabrics. This is beneficial in both hot and cold conditions, which makes it a handy material!
Alongside the Merino Wool, the polyester used in the Mirage Pants is recycled polyester from PET bottles. Mons claim the polyester sheds weight and adds durability, whilst the Merino ensures the pants are temperature regulated as well as anti-odour. Mons told us ‘Our goal is to shift riders from synthetics to natural fibres to better the planet through action and adventure sports.’
Other features include an elasticated waistband, two hand pockets at the front, a vertical zipped pocket on the right-hand side, cuffed ankles, and an articulated knee area to accommodate pads.
On the bike
I thoroughly enjoyed riding in the Mirage Pants. They were the lightest pants on test at 280 grams in a size medium, and this is noticeable when pedalling. The material blend has a great skin feel and was up there with the most breathable pants on test. Despite the Virage’s weight, I didn’t have any concerns about durability as the material feels quite sturdy. The zipped pocket on the right-hand side of the pants is perfect for your phone and doesn’t get in the way when pedalling. The cuffed ankles are also great, as they eliminate the chance of chain suck.
Who they suit?
These would suit a rider who’s after a set of lightweight and breathable pants for all seasons. They’re at the pricier end of the spectrum at $240, but this price is understandable considering Mons’ unique mix of materials and commitment to more eco-friendly manufacturing.
- Comfortable and breathable
- Recycled and sustainable materials