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The 7 Mountain Bike Jerseys of 2020 - Men's & Women's

Your mountain bike jersey is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bike-specific gear that makes your rides better, but it’s an important part of your riding system. Sure, many folks just ride in a t-shirt, but a good riding jersey will keep you more comfortable over long days on the bike.

The best bike jerseys have a fit tailored to the posture we assume on the bike, so the arms and hem don’t ride up, and the backside is longer to keep you covered when you’re in a riding position. Perhaps more important, mountain bike jerseys use technical fabrics to help them wick moisture away from your skin and keep you feeling good, without getting stinky. So we’ve put together this list of the best bike jerseys we’ve used to help you find a top that performs as well as the rest of your riding kit.


Sweet Protection Hunter Merino SS

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Sweet Protection’s Hunter Merino SS is about as simple as they come. No obnoxious branding, or useless “features.” Instead, it’s got a bike-tailored cut, and is made out of a merino wool blend that does a great job of staying dry and wicking, no matter how much you sweat. And it won’t start to stink if you miss a laundry day either. So, if you want the aesthetics of an understated t-shirt, with the function of a high-end bike jersey, the Hunter Merino SS is perfect for you, and it’s slightly slimmer fit means it layers well on colder days as well.

Material Features Original Price 
Merino wool Lightweight $69

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evo ¾ Length Merino Bike Jersey - Women’s

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With this piece, we tried to create the best women’s mountain bike jersey, combining the things we love from other jerseys into one package. Starting with the material, we choose a comfortable, light, and anti-odor merino wool combined with a more durable nylon. ¾ length sleeves give you a bit of extra protection, and small details like the zippered stash pocket and comfortable seams make it stand out from the field, while the colors will blend right into your wardrobe. Plus, we’ll donate 2% of proceeds to our non-profit charity partners.

Material Features Original Price 
Merino nylon blend Zippered stash pocket $59.95

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Fox Ranger Drirelease SS

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For those hot summer days there’s no better option than the Ranger. If you tend to run hot and sweat a lot on rides, Fox had you in mind when they designed the Ranger Drirelease SS. This jersey is focused around one thing: managing sweat. As a result, it wicks incredibly well. Beyond its incredible sweat-management skills, it’s also got a nice loose fit, so there’s no binding or chafing on the bike. Having your jersey stay cool and dry, no matter how much you perspire adds a lot of comfort to any day on the bike. If your climate or body creates a lot of sweat, check out the Ranger. There is a women’s version available, too.

Material Features Original Price 
Drirelease Polyester Loose fit $44.95

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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Air SS

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Traditionally, XC clothing has been higher-tech, while gravity riders have used repurpose motocross or skate style gear. Troy Lee Designs decided to turn that idea on its head with the Skyline Air SS jersey. They took the high-performance fabrics from XC gear, and used them to create a baggy, casually cut jersey that works for everything from short trail rides to days in the bike park.

The material has a high spandex content, so it stretches and moves easily with your body on the bike. It’s also got a special open mesh design that breathes incredibly well, cooling your body as you ride. So if you miss the comfort and features of your old XC kit, but don’t want to look like you just got done with a road ride, the Skyline Air is one of the best mountain bike jerseys for you. Plus, there is a version with a women’s-specific cut.

Material Features Original Price 
Polyester Open mesh fabric $60

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Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Bike Henley

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When Patagonia announced they were taking their functional and sustainable design philosophy and applying it to bike gear, we were excited. The Trail Henley is their take on a casual, but high-performance bike top - it certainly looks more like a mountain bike shirt than a moto-inspired jersey. It’s got the styling you’d expect in a lifestyle piece, and it won’t look out of place on a date after your ride, but it’s also got all the performance you’d expect from Patagonia. While it looks casual, it’s got an articulated fit, and longer hem to keep you comfortable on the bike. That, combined with its comfortable, fast-drying fabric means you’ll feel as good on your ride as you look.

Material Features Original Price 
Polyester Articulated seams $50

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Sweet Protection Hunter Merino LS

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If you dig the Hunter Merino SS, but want a little more warmth and protection, the Hunter LS, is a great option. It’s got the same light, wicking construction as the short sleeve version, and the same dropped tail and bike specific fit, but with longer sleeves. So if you’re looking for a jersey that can take the edge off a crisp fall morning, but won’t be too hot and sweaty as things warm up, the Hunter LS is a great choice. That’s why we think the Hunter is one of the best long sleeve mtb jerseys.

Material Features Original Price 
Merino wool Lightweight $89.95

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Dakine Thrillium L​/S Jersey - Women's

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This women’s mtb jersey is designed by the ripping Casey Brown. For those who know her, that should be all the endorsement you need. But we’ll go over the details anyways. The Thrillium features awesome realtor moto style with a loose freeride fit. The stretchy polyester material wicks moisture to keep you cool and includes Polygiene anti-odor treatment to keep things smelling fresh. Taken together, this mean the Thrillium functions as good as it looks.

Material Features Original Price 
Stretchy Polyester Sunglasses wipe, Polygiene $70

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