Need a shirt for mountain biking? These two come tester approved.
If you’re like us, then you appreciate a good, thorough gear review. We’re talking about the kind of well thought-out review that includes specifics on technical features and how they performed and held up in the field through harsh conditions and a ton of wear. The folks at Blister Gear Review are the best at this kind of no-BS testing and reviewing. You’ll get the full truth on how that piece of gear did, with no sugar coating.
Which is why it’s always an honor (and sometimes humbling) when Blister reviews our gear. In this recent roundup of men’s mountain bike jerseys, Blister covered our men’s long-sleeved Shaw Shirt and short-sleeved Garrett Shirt.
Here’s what reviewer David Golay said about the Shaw: “Though it’s long-sleeved, the Shaw is definitely a piece for relatively warm weather — the long sleeves maybe make it a touch warmer than an otherwise identical short sleeve jersey would be, but the material used for the Shaw is quite light and breathable. On the other hand, on rides where I know I’ll be in direct sunlight much of the time, the added sun protection of the long sleeves can definitely help keep things more comfortable. I’ve worn the Shaw in temperatures ranging from about 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C) and it’s been perfectly serviceable throughout that range.”
And about the Garrett Shirt: “The Garrett Shirt is a bit like a short sleeve version of Flylow’s Shaw Shirt (above), though it uses slightly different fabric and features a longer body. The fabric in the Garrett is a bit less textured and not quite as soft as that in the Shaw, but breathes very well and is still plenty comfortable against the skin. As with the Shaw, the Garrett is on the roomier side through the body, but the Medium doesn’t feel unduly baggy on me at 6’, 165 lb / 183 cm, 74.8 kg — it’s just not a slim fit.”
Thanks to Blister for the feedback!
For mountain biking, you need a short-sleeve tech T built for active use. The Garrett Shirt is that and more.
Whether you’re a downhill biker, a cross-country rider, or someone who commutes to work on their bike, the Garrett Shirt has you covered. With Polygiene treatment for anti-stink, this wicking, stretchy fabric moves with you and could go multiple rides without a wash. It has mesh panels on the side and neck for air flow and breathability and streamlined style lines to work better with a pack. For the simplistic design of this shirt, we drew inspiration from the DH world to make it tough, durable, and ready to descend. Bonus: Check under the hem for a hidden, microfiber lens cloth to clean your glasses.
-Body fabric: 92% polyester, 8% spandex
-Mesh panels: 88% polyester, 12% spandex
-Polygiene for anti-stick
-Opaque mesh panels for air flow
-Drop tail for coverage
-Sunglasses wipe underneath wipe
-30.5-inch center back length
splitInspired by downhill bikers and enduro riders but perfectly suited to everyone else, the Shaw Shirt is a streamlined, long-sleeve tech T that offers a layer of fabric protection from the sun and those inevitable crashes. This shirt feels lightweight and airy. It’ll wick sweat off your back and save your arms from a farmer’s tan. Plus, it’s got Polygiene treatment to keep the stench of too many rides between washings away. Streamlined stitch lines were made to wear with a pack and it comes with a handy glasses wipe under the hem.
-92% polyester, 8% spandex
-155 g/m2 knit
-Polygiene for anti-stink
-Relaxed enduro Fit
-Sunglasses wipe underneath hem
-28.5-inch center back length