We’re going to ’fess up – the Pilgrim didn't jump out at us immediately. There's no ‘look at me!’ graphics, slouchy attitude or seductive slither of fabric. But when we pulled it on the fit felt good, neat around the shoulders and through the sleeves, with cuffs that stay up on command, but with the raglan construction providing plenty of movement.
Through the body it’s relaxed enough to feel easy without being flappy, and even on tall testers, the back was plenty long enough. But enough dwelling on our sleek(ish) reflection and on to the bike, where the Airbase fabric does sterling work wicking away any dampness and drying out quickly too. The extensive flat-lock seam construction does keep things smoother and more comfortable, especially under a pack – and is a mark of more expensive jerseys.
And it’s that sort of detail that makes the Pilgrim standout value for the price – every detail has been thought about. Zip guard? Check. Heat transfer label? Check. There’s even a hanging loop on the outside of the back neck so that it doesn’t irritate. We wouldn’t go for this in the heat of summer, but it’s versatile enough to see you good through a wide range of cool to warm days.
For us it just keeps turning in the same quietly good riding comfort before washing well to head out again. It may not have the refinement of some more expensive jerseys, but many at higher prices will find themselves outclassed by the Pilgrim because it's incredibly well specced for the money.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.