A straightforward technical jersey that performs well and won’t break the bank
Mar 21 2018
Features include a pocket and a glasses wipe
Wicking and breathable fabric
Sleeves could be a tad longer
you want a jersey that provides minimal fuss and maximum performance
The Edge jersey from Ride It Clothing is a robust mountain bike top that will keep you dry and comfortable whatever the weather. There are lots of features packaged in a well-built jersey, all for less than £40, making this jersey a winner.
Ride It Clothing is a small Scottish company where all the kit is designed by a talented graphic designer and mountain biker who is well immersed in the riding scene in which he lives. The result is a brand that knows its customer base well and has a great depth of market research making for a no-fuss jersey that performs well and looks great day in day out, just what mountain bikers want.
The material used for the Edge jersey is akin to your classic mountain bike jersey fabric, it has tiny waffle type holes throughout which means it breathes well and is hardwearing. I’ve ridden through many a bramble bush over the time of my testing and not snagged even one stitch. Under each arm is a small area of much more ventilated mesh material, get into your riding position and you can really feel the breeze through these panels, very refreshing!
The fit of the ladies Edge jersey is neither particularly fitted, nor loose but it's not a huge baggy garment by any means. I’m a dress size 8 and chose to wear an extra -small after trying on the small too, settling on the closer fit of the smaller size as the larger hung a little loose on me. I did sacrifice a bit of sleeve length in doing so but this only really mattered when I was outstretched on the bike. I thought the hem could be dropped slightly more to add coverage at the rear but being slightly between sizes and having the benefit of trying the next size up, I know this isn’t a big issue, just a size related one.
The stretchy collar sits nice and high at the base of the neck, it's enough to keep out drafts when combined with a buff and also hide whatever greying base layer you chose to wear without being too hot and restrictive when the weather is warmer. The cuffs are made of a similar material lying neatly at the wrist or also sufficiently elasticated so they can be shoved up the arms without either cutting off the blood supply or sliding down again.
Elsewhere the jersey features a small pocket on the right-hand side and a soft glasses wipe on the left, features that at £39 make the Edge jersey great value. For comparison, I’ve tested the dhb Trail jersey which falls into a similar price range (£35) but comes with none of these features and also uses a material which is a tad chilly once sweaty. There are no such problems here with the Ride It Edge top and the fact that is it designed and sold by a small UK company in smaller quantities make the low price all the more astonishing.
I’ve checked out some custom jersey designs from Ride It and seen some very cool, intricate and well thought out designs, I'm excited to see what the future has to hold for their mainstream jersey lines! For now, both ladies and gents can get a Ride It Clothing Edge jersey direct from their website in a multitude of colours and sizes. It’s a jersey that will let you get on and just ‘ride it’ with minimal fuss and maximum performance and will likely last you a good few years of hard abuse!
Previously Editor here at off-road.cc, Rachael is happiest on two wheels. Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. In the past Rachael has written for publications such as, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine, Mountain Biking UK, Bike Radar, New Zealand Mountain Biker and was also the online editor for Spoke magazine in New Zealand too. For as long as she's been riding, she has been equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories or doing the site admin. When she's not busy with all the above she's roasting coffee or coaching mountain biking in the Forest of Dean.