If Yoko was a movie it would be titled ‘Return of the King’ just because the amount of great riders that wore the kit in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s a brand that is close to my heart having spent much of my younger racing years wearing the gear in the hope that the kit would make me 2 seconds a lap faster because my hero’s wore it. Yoko is back in motocross mainly because of Technical Touch’s CEO & Founder Jan Berthols, who was instrumental in the return of the brand and even enlisted 10 times world champion Stefan Everts to advise and work on developing the products which offers the brand a lot of knowledge, promotion on top of it’s heritage.
Even Strokes was the first shop in the UK to sell Yoko on their return to motocross, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing it in stores all over the UK & Europe. If you have not seen the kit, check out some of the kits that have been worn by the Ice One Team and Liam Everts, they pretty much had a different style of kit each week throughout the 2019 MXGP season.
So as you can imagine I was very, very excited when I was sent a package from Yoko. The quality of the kit is fantastic and when talking to the head of products Diego Claessens at length you start to understand the level of knowledge that has been applied to developing the Yoko kit.
I will be honest and say I had my reservations on how this kit would turn out, I can still remember my 30 year old kit like yesterday, so I was keen to see if it would be true to the retro look whilst using the development and knowledge of motocross gear today. As you can see I wasn’t disappointed, they have managed to pull off a nice balance with the sublimation on the kit with the raised details on the gloves.
Have a look at the video below on my first impressions of the Yoko Retro kit.