The brand makes everything from waterproof jackets and pants, which we have in review, to jerseys, shorts, socks, gloves and, well, pretty much everything really. It would be fair to say though that Propheus is a gravity mountain bike focused company and does not seem to cater to the XC end of the mountain bike spectrum.
The brand is clearly very value driven. Not that it’s outrageously cheap, but it represents much better value for money than many other brands. I’ve ridden over the pants and pants over the past few months and I think they’ve held up relatively well.
Shred Climax Rain Jacket
I noticed the jacket was not as breathable as some before looking at the spec sheet. Its 3k breathability rating is good, but there is a noticeable difference between that and a 10k jacket. It’s not a huge factor, but you will feel the difference.
• 2.5 layers and welded seams
• Water column 5,000 mm
• Breathability 3000mm
• Extended back
• Adjustable cuffs and hood
• Openings for increased air circulation
• Size XS to XL
I tested another spinning jacket and that may have made it a bit more obvious. In my experience, many breathable materials are not this great either way, regardless of brand or cost. That said, it’s worth noting. On colder days it was noticeably better – in the dead of winter the jacket worked well. However, during the fall it was a little too heavy for my taste.
The size of the Large jacket tested is quite generous. I’m 183cm and weigh 83kg and think I probably could have gone down in size for a slightly slimmer fit.
The hood fits easily over an open face helmet and you can adjust the fit with Velcro. For €150 I think it’s a reasonable price, and it doesn’t reach the sky-high costs of some high-end jackets, but ultimately it doesn’t feel quite as refined either. That said, if you want to spend twice as much on a garment you’re likely to crash into at some point, it comes down to your own priorities.
Location: Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 183cm / 6′
Inseam: 82cm / 32.5″
Weight: 79kg / 174lbs
Industry Affiliations/Sponsors: Any
+ Lots of adjustment
+ Useful features such as ski pass pocket
+ Large pockets
+ Reasonable price compared to some
– Not so breathable for pedaling
– Loose fit
The Race Pants are very thin, which I liked. For downhill pants that you can pedal in and stay comfortable in, these seem like exactly what you need. I think pants are great for protecting you from splashes, which can really help on colder winter rides, but I never find myself reaching for thicker ones when it’s cold.
• Unisex fit
• Two zipped pockets
• Flexible and light
• Adjustable belt
• 300g for a size 30
• Waist 26″ – 36″
For those living in colder climates they may not be thick enough but for me I prefer to have pants that are thin enough to wear any month of the year that happens to be wet , as opposed to thicker pants which might be great in the middle of winter but will be too hot for any other time.
The material is flexible enough to accommodate even large enough knee pads without much hassle. Propheus recommends sizing for large or bulkier pads, but I’ve never found this to be a problem. For my 82cm inseam, the 32 inch size worked well.
There is a ratchet closure at the waist as well as zipped pockets. There is also mesh on the back of the pants, as well as around the knee and calf.
+ Thin and flexible
+ Stretch panels where needed
– May be too thin for some
– Does not give much heat in winter