Royal Racing Matrix jacket review£99.99

Breathable, waterproof trail layer

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Matrix, by virtue of its mountain bike specific cut and strong style, is a successful combination of trail performance and street good looks. Yes, we’re shallow enough to be influenced by a handsome exterior, and the subtle pinstripe with red detail does it for us…

The shape is good – roomy but not overly so, with plenty of space for manoeuvre in the shoulders. Although the back is straight cut rather than obviously longer, it is long enough on the bike. 

The two-layer fabric is about as breathable as we’d expect at this cost, but because it has a mesh lining, the waterproof coating is protected and it does help wick sweat and keep you more comfortable when you get warm. It works because it’s a straightforward construction – at a not-too-out-there price.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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