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.
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
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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