LEATT 7.5 ADV FLOWTOUR GEAR REVIEW | ULTIMATE FIT AND FUNCTION

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The Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour jacket in Stealth finish photographed in a white studio
Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour in a Stealth finish

Leatt has a long and envious reputation in the moto world which is rooted in motocross.
The South African company literally changed the gear game with the introduction of its first neck brace back in 2007.

I received one of the first Leatt GPX neck braces to reach Australia and after showing it to multiple-time Australian motocross/supercross champion, Craig Anderson, he asked to borrow it for a weekend to see how it felt.

In a wild coincidence, he would have one of his biggest crashes that weekend and the brace did what it was designed to do and fractured in the area that absorbed the most impact.

After sending the brace back to Leatt for analysis, they confirmed the GPX had most likely saved Ando from a pretty dire outcome.

While it’s widely known as the originator, Leatt is much more than a neck brace company in 2024

The early braces were good, but the later models benefited most from feedback and evolution. Leatt’s brace designs have progressed over the years and while other companies have since jumped into the brace market, Leatt still holds its place as the original and premiere name.

In 2016 Leatt began introducing apparel to the moto market, starting in the world it knew best, motocross. By 2020 you could buy head-to-toe Leatt gear to go cut motos in.

In 2024 we can gear up head to toe in Leatt adventure gear with the launch of the company’s adventure range.

I have been wearing a set of 7.5 ADV FlowTour gear for a few months now and here are my thoughts on a set of gear that looks to take a big chunk out of the competition.

Damo being thankful for the ventilation in the blistering Philippines heat during the CFMOTO 450MT launch

OUTSIDE DETAILS

Adventure gear has a tough job.

It has to be comfortable, resilient, and weatherproof but offer ventilation when the sun beats down. It needs to be functional beyond any other gear sets in the moto world.

At first glance, the 7.5 ADV FlowTour has a lot of bases covered.

For a starting point let’s take a look at the front of the jacket which is constructed using RipStop which is a nylon woven to be resistant to tearing and ripping.

There are 4 hip pockets, 2 are open-hand warmers while the other 2 are closeable, waterproof, larger storage pockets. There are also 2 zipped chest pockets.

To wrap up the pockets, there’s a phone pocket on the inside of the left side chest area.

On the right side of the chest, there’s a hydration tube clip for easy reach (the jacket has a bladder pocket at the back) and at each side on the waist, there are adjustment straps.

The highlight of the front section is the permanent X-Flow mesh ventilation panels that run from the shoulder panel to the top of the pockets.

This allows for maximum airflow, something I was very happy to feel while riding in the insanely hot and humid conditions of the Philippines recently.

Now, a permanent mesh front on an adventure jacket might raise a red flag heading into winter, but Leatt has made sure this isn’t an issue with a clever inner lining set-up which we’ll get to soon.

On the sleeves, the 7.5 ADV FlowTour has adjustment points at the bicep and the forearm and a ventilation mesh panel that stretches from the underarm down to the wrist.

As you could probably already ascertain, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better-ventilated jacket.

At the back, Leatt has included a hydration bladder pocket

On the left sleeve, there’s an information card window in which you can display health information which is helpful in an emergency.

The sleeves feature a YKK zipper opening for further ventilation as well as stretchable neoprene cuffs which are very comfortable and a good length.

There are also Velcro tabs that offer about an inch and a half of adjustment should you need to close the cuffs off to weather.

The neck collar is also neoprene finished which is soft on your neck.

Turning to the back of the jacket Leatt has cleverly included a hydration bladder pocket making it even more of an excellent choice for the hotter months.

The X-Flow ventilation mesh makes an appearance once again, running from the shoulders to around the mid back.

Underneath that, you have a large storage pocket which is handy for when you swap out inner liners.
So that’s a wrap on the jacket’s outer design and it’s time to take a look inside.

The waterproof layer can be worn inside or over the jacket

THE INSIDE STORY

As you can tell, it’s vent-heavy and clearly, it’s a no-brainer for a summer jacket.

But how are you supposed to deal with a downpour if the jacket is this open to the weather?
Leatt tackles these issues with an inner layer made from HydraDri Max.


The layer takes the form of a jacket that can be zipped into the main shell, worn loosely underneath (this is how I usually run it), worn over the jacket or worn casually at the campfire as a standalone piece.


The liner is incredibly light and thin so it barely registers as a second layer when you’re wearing it, but I have thrown it on in at least one biblical downpour (you can see in my Tenere World Raid video) and can attest to its effectiveness at stopping both the rain and wind.


That particular ride started in 41-degree heat, so it was a brilliant test day for the 7.5 ADV FlowTour. I definitely appreciated the ventilation throughout the day, but as I started to head towards a massive storm, I stopped to throw on the waterproof layer.

I admit I had doubts that the single light layer would handle what I was about to ride into and then stay in for an hour, but it absolutely did.


To bolster the safety factor, the 7.5 ADV FlowTour has CE-tested and certified back (level 2), elbow and shoulder (level 2) and chest (level 1) protectors, which are each removable.


And finally, at the bottom of the jacket, you’ll find a connection zipper for pants integration.

LEATT 7.5 ADV FLOWTOUR FIT AND FORM

The fit on the Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour feels quite different from a lot of other brands. It’s more of a form fit than most and in that way, it’s similar to the Alpinestars kit.

It doesn’t bulk out at the sides nor move about while you’re riding. I’m not used to this kind of fit, but it reminded me of enduro-style jackets and I definitely prefer the freedom it affords.

The shoulders in particular are well articulated so you don’t get the whole jacket raising up or shifting laterally when you move your arms.

The adjustment straps on the waist allow you to pull the sides.

I found the fit is a little bit small at the waist and has the straps running slack to offer maximum room. Less pies, beers and lamingtons should relieve the need to do this.

The Leatt doesn’t fold uncomfortably at the front in the sitting position and there’s never a need to pull it down when you initially stand up – it sits right all the time.

The gear is covered by a 5-year warranty and is available in sizes from small to 5XL. It’s, of course, ready to take a neck brace.

For those not keen on the Stealth (black) finish then there is a Desert livery which is pretty damn cool. Complementing the FlowTour Leatt also offers the DriTour and MultiTour ranges so you’re bound to find the right jacket for your application.

Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour retail price: $799.99

Stay tuned for the review on the matching 7.5 FlowTour pants.

LEATT 7.5 ADV FLOWTOUR PANTS

Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour pants and jacket combo

The Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour pants continue the theme of maximum ventilation with a removable waterproof layer.

They also continue the theme of comfort and function.

With a main shell made of Ripstop fabric, you’ll also find large mesh panels running from the waist to the top of the knee at the front. At the back, the mesh runs from the top of the thigh down to the cuff of the pants.

There are 4 pockets with two acting as zipped hand warmers at the front of the waist and two larger waterproof storage pockets down at the sides.

The pants are held in place by suspenders which, while many of you may not have tried, are absolutely brilliant at keeping your pants sitting just where you like them even if you alternate between sitting and standing a lot during a ride.

The suspenders are removable if they aren’t your flavour, and the waistband will take over from there with a ratchet closure buckle taking up the slack. There’s also a waist adjustment strap to accommodate the lunchtime sausage roll and chocky milk combo.


Down at the knees, there are leather pads which are complemented by heat-resistant panels on the lower leg.

There are several stretch panels too to which much is owed for the pants’ comfortable fit. They’re found at the knee, knee hollow, crotch and back yoke.

Inside the pants, there are level 2 knee protectors and level 1 hip protection.

The fit inside a boot is excellent with an adjustable calf strap and three separate Velcro tabs to pull the cuffs in tight.

The pants also fit knee braces easily.

I love the freedom of movement in these pants. There’s no snag or pressure point and no grabbing at the knees. I use the suspenders and don’t experience any downward slippage even if things are getting vigorous on the trails.

I have ridden most of the time without the weatherproof layer and can attest the airflow is outstanding.
The pants are also covered by a 5-year warranty.

Leatt 7.5 ADV FlowTour pants – $599.99