Great fit, feel and quality, but it's on the expensive side for a simple jersey
Sep 7 2018
Quality wicking material and construction
The cut is a nice balance between baggy and form fitting
No lens wipe
You want a simple and well thought out jersey and don't mind paying for it
Gore's C5 Trail short sleeve jersey is a quality bit of kit made from lightweight wicking material and the cut just right side for a slim but loose fit that's ideal for mountain bike use. The fit and feel go a long way to justifying the high price tag, but it's still a lot for a basic jersey.
As you'd expect from Gore, the material the jersey is made from is of superb quality, with a really nice and silky feel against your skin. Gore says that it's an abrasion resistant material and despite not testing that properly by falling off - I know, lazy right - it's fended off scrapes and brambles well. It's survived the usual washing machine mistreatment merrily and it's excellent at wicking sweat away from your skin without getting too chilly when there's a breeze.
The cut is fairly trim without being paint-on tight, which I really like; there's enough space so that movement is unrestricted without it being pyjama-flappy when you're riding. There are no irritations from the neck, seams or hems either. As ever, styling is a hugely subjective thing but I quite like the simple pattern design, which also comes in black, orange, red and green as well as this blue.
In terms of features, there aren't many, which makes for a lightweight and simple jersey that works well with packs, but you don't get a lens wipe or little storage pocket, though there are some discreet but effective reflective accents stitched into the seam at either side of the jersey.
All in all, this is a nice jersey made from quality materials with a good cut, but the price is rather high considering the relatively simple construction.
Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.