Club Ride apparel looks so good you hate to bike in it. Until you do. That’s what it’s made for, after all.
The New West was breezy lightweight with just the right amount of stretch, making it feel like I was wearing almost nothing on top (as opposed to a clingy jersey). Reflective accents enhanced nighttime visibility, while the mesh venting and wicking fabric helped keep me cool. And, honestly, I was amazed by how fast this shirt dried after hours of riding in the summer heat. A zip back storage pocket and media port were nice touches on longer outings.
The Mountain Surf is made from a similar flexible, reflective material, but what I really liked about it was the middleweight double-weave construction, which gave the short a confident strength and the rebound ability to go from touring to travel to epic leisure — back-to-back-to-back if necessary. The Velcro interior waistband allowed on-the-fly adjustment, and belt loops let me accessorize. Storage pockets on each leg are low-profile yet secure, so you won’t lose any gear on the trail or at the after party. $80 and $100, respectively. clubrideapparel.com