Hey everyone! As promised I am here to give a review of the new Answer Racing Frontier Vest.
We have been waiting (not patiently if I am honest) for the release of this vest for a few months now. I am a connoisseur of riding vests and this one looked great from the get-go. I have worn out both Ogio and TLD vests and both of them had things I loved and things I didn't. The Answer Frontier Vest proved to be better than both of them.
The Frontier Vest fits like a glove! It is very form fitting and doesn't slide around at all, even in the roughest terrain. The strap system that you use to compress the vest is very good and allows you to get it really snug. Even with it sinched down tight, you can move freely and ride like the wind! The vest is made to cover a size range from 33-44 (if you know jacket sizes?!?). What that means is that it fits me at 5'10" and 180lbs great but if you are a plus sized (or Man-sized) person then it will be tight and if you are really big then don't bother. Answer wasn't thinking of the "Heavy Belly" race class when they built this one.
The Storage on the Frontier Vest is great. It has just enough space to carry what you need but not so much that you end up taking more than you should. The tool pocket out back is perfect sized and includes a nice tool roll if you don't have your own. The "backpack" pocket is small-ish but big enough to put a lightweight rain jacket or a few other items for a long day. The hydration area is great but mine came without a loop to hold the bladder up. I am sure that was an oversight and they will fix it soon. The front pockets are great and easy to get into. There is a perfect one for your phone so you can snap pics on your awesome ride.
Overall comfort was great on the Frontier vest and it is much cooler than the Troy Lee vest. I can't speak to the durability of the Answer Frontier vest yet but so far I am very happy.
What's Hot: Fit is great and athletic. Doesn't move around while riding. Storage is big enough but not too big
What's Not: Expensive at $225. Doesn't come with a hydration bladder. Not made for bigger riders. No loop in bladder area to hold bladder up.
The Verdict: So far we LOVE the Frontier Vest! I don't think I'll be using my others any longer!