Mission Workshop The District : MC review

A smart-looking Merino-based mountain bike top that’s just at home off the trails as it is on them

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £120.00 RRP | USD $139.00 | EUR €140.00 | AUD $225.00
Alex Evans wearing a Mission Workshop The District Henley top. Staunton, Forest of Dean. May 2019

Our review

The District : MC riding top elegantly bridges the gap between riding jersey and casual T-shirt with clean, simple styling and exceptional performance from the Merino wool
Pros: Fantastic fit and stretchy material; Merino wool performs as well as you’d expect; classy design means it can be worn in a host of locations
Cons: Sizes up quite small; expensive, but worth every penny in my eyes
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Mission Workshop’s District : MC riding top elegantly bridges the gap between riding jersey and casual T-shirt with its clean, simple styling and exceptional performance from the Merino wool.

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Mission Workshop The District : MC details and specifications

Made from a Merino wool and nylon blend to give the benefits of the famous wool – breathability, wicking, lightweight and anti-bacterial properties – and increased durability of a synthetic material, The District : MC has a relaxed fit, although sizes up quite small.

There is a three alloy-button opening and the crew-neck collar isn’t especially tight. The torso section is made from four pieces of material and there’s a panelled shoulder construction to help improve fit.

Mission Workshop The District : MC performance

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Out on the bike, the top’s very comfortable.
Steve Behr

Once I’d worked out how The District : MC sizes up, it became obvious that my 178cm tall, 73kg frame needed a size large rather than the medium I’d originally requested.

After you’ve got the right size and you pull it over your head, it’s incredibly light and airy to wear and has a fantastic amount of stretch, which lets you move around on the bike with ease.

The three-button collar opening is great for the climbs, letting me exhaust any excess heat I was producing. And when it’s buttoned up to the top, I didn’t find the aperture overly tight or constricting.

If it’s a particularly cold day, it’s tight enough to be worn as a base- or mid-layer but really excels when it’s worn on its own.

The performance offered by the Merino wool construction is, as expected, fantastic; it wicks sweat away, dries quickly, doesn’t get too heavy when it’s wet, keeps you warm or cool and takes a lot of punishment to get it to smell.

Washing it as per Mission Workshop’s instructions rejuvenated its feel, and after a summer and autumn of heavy abuse it remains unsoiled.

Alex Evans wearing a Mission Workshop The District Henley top. Staunton, Forest of Dean. May 2019 .
Pictured is the size medium top that I deemed too small.
Steve Behr

Not only does it work well out on the bike but it also looks great, and the simple design means it can be worn when you’re not riding too – I’ve worn mine as much off the bike as I have on it.

Mission Workshop The District : MC bottom line

I love wearing my The District : MC jersey in a whole host of conditions from dirt jumping to enduro to off the bike around town.

Given its price, it’s a good job it performs as well as it does and can be worn in so many places – it’s basically three jerseys in one.

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Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $225.00EUR €140.00GBP £120.00USD $139.00
Weight 198g (Large) – Size large
What we tested Mission Workshop The District : MC size large in navy
Year 2020
Brand Mission workshop

Features

Features 18.9 micron 190g/sm ultra fine Merino wool Custom made aluminium buttons Panelled shoulder construction 4 piece torso construction for improved fit and performance
Key features Thermal
Gender Men's