British-based Intrepid Apparel have been creating really well thought-out riding kit for some time. The slightly stretchy polyester of this jersey feels pleasant against the skin, wicking away sweat well and giving a good balance between breathability and windproofing. It does err on the side of warmth and on hot days can be a bit much, though the thinner fabric under the arms helps.
It can be used as an outer layer through at least three British seasons, and the sleeves are baggy enough to be rolled up without falling right back down or cutting off blood flow to your arms.
The fit is excellent, giving enough freedom to move without leaving excessive amounts of fabric to catch or irritate if worn under a jacket. The V-neck collar is soft and the cuffs have thumb loops. We’re really impressed with the zipped wrist pocket, which is ideal for carrying bank notes, lift passes and other lightweight items.
At the back there’s a neat zipped side-entry pocket with an internal pouch to hold a phone tightly, plus a neat carabiner to secure your keys. None of it interferes with a pack when the pocket’s empty.
The stitching and fabric have held up well to regular use, though unplanned visits to the brambles have pulled the odd thread, and the white fabric’s starting to stain in places. The black version is probably a better bet if you have to put up with filthy conditions a lot.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.