Italian brand, Dainese, has been making protective gear since 1972. What started as a motorcycle brand has expanded in time as a premier manufacturer of apparel and protection for mountain biking. The Dainese HG Jersey 1 offers lightweight, stretchy, breathable protection for trail, enduro or DH riding.

Dainese HG Jersey 1 Features:

  • Lightweight performance knit fabric
  • Added elements for breathability
  • 4-way stretch for mobility
  • Fabric content: 65% polyester / 35% polyamide
  • MSRP: $89.99
Dainese HG Jersey 1 Review // Hawaiian-Ocean/High-Risk-Red/White

The HG Jersey 1 in Hawaiian Ocean.

HG Jersey 1 Delivers Stretchy Performance

It was a sunny, 85-degree day and what else did I grab but the Dainese HG Jersey 1. Usually, I wouldn’t be grabbing a long-sleeve shirt of any type for this kind of weather, but the HG Jersey 1 is unique. With its lightweight, stretchy fabric, the knit material breathes like a champ.

Honestly, I’ve been amazed at how well this jersey performs in warm weather. It provides excellent sun protection and feels so lightweight against the skin, I don’t mind it at all. On long climbs, it continues to breathe and at speed on the downhill, the air simply flows on through. When worn atop body armor, just know that this jersey will allow gobs of airflow to help keep you comfortable.

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Rolling on the Stumpjumper EVO with the Dainese HG Jersey 1.

Even without body armor, it fits well without any excess to flap around. It also has a good length for added coverage — something that was key for pairing with the HG Shorts 1. Fit and style is fantastic here as Dainese has done a great job staying true to their Italian, performance-oriented roots. I’m 5’11” and 170 lbs and the size large was just the ticket. Raglan sleeves and flat lock stitching continue the comfort theme here.

Thankfully, I haven’t tested the crash worthiness of the HG Jersey 1, but even though the knit material is porous, it’s proven durable thus far. The only hiccup is about an 8″ section of hem that came unstitched. I tacked it in place with my mad sewing skills, but keep an eye out on that hem. Also, I always wore the HG Jersey 1 with the Dainese HG Short 1.

The Good

  • Killer breathability
  • Added coverage with or without body armor
  • Stretchy comfort

The Bad

  • Hem arrived with an 8″ unstitched section

The Bottom Line: Dainese HG Jersey 1

This jersey is fair game on even the hottest of days. I confidently grab it regularly for mid-day mountain bike rides and it delivers comfort and coverage while breathing like a sieve.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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