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The 9 Best Men's Mountain Bike Jerseys of 2021

When you hear the words “bike jersey” does it conjure up images of skin-tight tops, garishly emblazoned with sponsor logos, and adorned with weird, huge pockets on the back? It doesn't have to! Luckily, the best mountain bike jerseys have great technical features, and also look good.

We’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to men's mountain bike jerseys. We’ve got something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a subtle tech tee that you can wear casually around town as well, or something technical for the weekend DH race series at your local bike park. There’s a jersey for every type of rider on this list, and we’ve broken down which options will appeal to different styles. And no, there’s no skin-tight lycra or ¾ zips here, just comfort and style to spare.


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.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
Merino woolLightweight$69

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evo ¾ Length Merino Bike Jersey

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With this piece, we tried to create the best 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.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
Merino nylon blendZippered stash pocket$59.95

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Patagonia S​/S Merino

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At first glance, you could probably mistake Patagonia’s S/S Merino bike jersey for a stylish mountain tech tee. On the surface, nothing screams “bike jersey”. And that’s the point. Patagonia understands that if you’re laying down the cash for a nice bike jersey, you might as well get something that looks good off the bike too, so you can wear it whenever you’d like. The jersey is made out of a Merino wool and recycled polyester blend that makes it stretchy and light and keeps it from developing that signature bike gear stank when you forget to wash it after a sweaty ride.

And even though it’s styled like a casual shirt, Patagonia actually tweaked the S/S Merino’s fit to make it work better for mountain bikers. The back hem drops low to give you extra coverage when you’re pushed over the bars on descents, and all the seams are tailored to avoid chafing. This is a simple, stylish bike jersey that looks so good that you’ll find yourself wearing it all the time, even when you’re not planning on hitting the trails.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
Bike-Specific Fit3.4-oz 65% Merino Wool / 35% Recycled Polyester$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.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
PolyesterOpen 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.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
PolyesterArticulated 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.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
Merino woolLightweight$89.95

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DHaRCO Gravity

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DHaRCO does a great job of telling you what their product is made for with their names - The Gravity jersey is made for going downhill. In service of that goal, the long sleeves help protect you from trailside bushes and sunburn during long days at the bike park and mesh vents on the sides of the torso dump heat. The Gravity jersey is cut slim, but still has room for body armor underneath if you’re looking for extra protection.

DHaRCO really nailed the details with the Gravity jersey. It has a built-in stealth zippered pocket for valuables, and a carefully designed fit so that it doesn’t hang up on you when you’re throwing the bike sideways in the air. The styling is fun and casual, with floral prints that pop well on the trail or at the bar. This jersey is dialed for anyone who likes to take a lift or shuttle up, and then slap berms and whip jumps all the way back down.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
100% Quick Dry PolyesterZippered stash pocket$69.95

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Mons Royale Tarn Freeride

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Mons Royale knows how to do style with technical materials and features, and their Tarn Freeride jersey is no exception. From a distance, it just looks like a sweet retro-styled shirt, And it is. This is a good-looking shirt that doesn’t look like the piece of high-performing bike gear it is. But behind the slick color blocking and graphics, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. The Tarn Freeride jersey is made out of a light Merino/Polyester blend that breaths well, wicks moisture, and needs to be washed much less often than a typical cotton shirt.

And Mons Royale has included details mountain bikers will appreciate like a hidden goggle and glasses wipe, and a bike-specific fit. If you’re looking for a jersey to wear while you dig in the new jump line, while you’re sessioning it with your crew, and afterward at the celebratory BBQ, slip into the Tarn and only take it off to wash it.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
150 g/m² Merino Wool / Polyester Shift FabricHidden Sunglasses Wipe$90

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Fox Ranger DR S/S

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The Ranger DR is the ideal all-around bike jersey. It’s affordable, it looks good, and it performs even better. Like the TLD Skyline Air, this jersey strikes a nice balance between more casual tees and technical race jerseys. Like the Skyline the Ranger is designed for hot summertime rides. It won’t do much to keep you warm on brisk mornings because that’s just not the point of this style of jersey. The fitted shoulder panels are comfortable and won’t chafe under a pack, and the mesh back keeps things really cool. If you’re looking for a high performing jersey that doesn’t break the bank, look no further than the Ranger DR.

MaterialFeaturesOriginal Price 
85% Polyester / 15% CottonQuick-drying Drirelease® Yarns$49.95

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