Based out of Vancouver in Canada – home to mountain biking’s famous North Shore trails – it’s no surprise that Race Face’s kit is well-designed and aimed at the more extreme end of the sport, including this Trigger Ventura Tech Top.
Race Face Trigger Ventura Tech Top details
The Trigger Ventura Tech Top is a simple-looking jersey with no pockets or design features, such as inbuilt microfibre goggle wipes.
It’s made from 100 per cent polyester, and Race Face claims the fabric is breathable and quick drying.
The internal seams are flat but still protrude from the main portions of fabric. The collar’s size is generous, as are the short-sleeve arm openings.
The jersey’s cut is fairly straight, with little to no tapering around the waist, but isn’t loose-fitting. Instead it straddles the line between loose and fitted.
Race Face Trigger Ventura Tech Top jersey performance
The jersey felt soft and light against my skin, even on baking hot days – and despite its dark colour.
The fit is best-suited to trail or enduro riding. It’s too baggy for XC though, yet not quite baggy enough to fit body armour underneath, so might not be suitable for some riders’ DH requirements.
I found the jersey to be cool enough on hot days and reasonably breathable. When wearing a backpack or during long, hard efforts it did get soaked in sweat, though.
Like other synthetically-made riding tops, once it’s soaked in sweat it takes a long time to dry out – which also increases its weight – but it still remained comfortable to wear.
I was most impressed with the jersey’s sleeves, which refused to ride up even over tricky terrain. Some short-sleeve jerseys have a habit of riding up when it gets bumpy, but not the Trigger.
The same can’t be said about the rear of the jersey. Despite its smooth material and relaxed cut, I found myself constantly readjusting it, needing to pull it down every so often. This was frustrating and I couldn’t pinpoint why it was happening.
Race Face Trigger Ventura Tech Top jersey bottom line
The simple-looking Trigger is cool and comfortable on hot rides and when it inevitably gets saturated in sweat, it remains nice to wear.
The sleeves stayed put over rough terrain too, it’s just a shame the rear kept jumping up and needed readjusting.