When considering bike jerseys, you’ve got to figure out where you stand in the old t-shirt to super-tight roadie jersey spectrum. So, where do you stand? What about me? I’ve stood right in the middle–looking for something that’s versatile enough to be kosher in a post-ride hangout, but technical enough to provide excellent comfort under pressure.

DaKine has typically produced freeride-style jerseys for the hucking and speed-demon crowds, but many of their pieces can crossover to everyday trail riders. New for this year is the DaKine MTN Shield short-sleeve bike jersey with enough style to keep you from being ridiculed wherever your pre or post-ride activities take you.

DaKine MTN Shield Bike Jersey Review

About the DaKine MTN Shield Bike Jersey

Made from moisture-wicking polyester fine mesh, the DaKine MTN Shield bike jersey is made for freeride and trail riding with extra-vented mesh underarms, a generous cut and a fancy little sunglasses chamois on the inside lower-left seam.

  • Fabric: Moisture-wicking polyester mesh/fine mesh combo
  • Colors: Olive, Black, Slate
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • MSRP: $44.95

DaKine MTN Shield Bike Jersey Review

DaKine MTN Shield Bike Jersey Review

Out of the box, the MTN Shield has a slightly generous fit, so be prepared to size down if you would like a little more athletic fit. As it stood, the Large fit me just fine, but I think I could have done well with the Medium for a little more racy fit and shorter sleeve lengths.

Speaking of the sleeves, the length is a tad long (may be better in a Medium), so when I got all sweaty, they stuck to the front of my biceps (I’m no Popeye) while on the trail, which was annoying.

The fabric is very comfortable and wears well underneath a hydration pack. But, I found the fabric to be a little thicker than I’d prefer for mid-summer rides. It breathes OK, but under the beat-down summer heat, the dark color (olive) and rather thick fabric didn’t expel moisture fast enough.

I did appreciate the underarm vents as they sped up the breathing process.

Styling is nice and casual–at home on a post-ride lounge wherever that may take you.

Good MTN Shield

  • Nice fit… not too large or too small
  • Mesh panels add to breathability
  • Built-in ultralight chamois for glasses/goggles
  • Subtle styling

Bad MTN Shield

  • Sleeve length is a tad long… they occasionally inhibit movement
  • Fabric weave is a little thick and doesn’t breathe as well as other jerseys

The Bottom Line: DaKine MTN Shield Jersey

A stylish and affordable option for the freerider or trail rider looking for a casual and functional jersey that’s suitable for all but the hottest weather, check out the MTN Shield jersey.

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About Author

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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