Machines for Freedom endurance cycling jersey review
I have already presented the Machines for Freedom summer long sleeve jersey, which I love. This time, I’m back to see their classic endurance short sleeve jersey again!
Machines offers its jerseys in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to XXXL. I initially tried the short sleeve jersey in XXS, the same as my long sleeve jerseys. Although it was generally well adjusted and compressive, it was a bit too tight and uncomfortable around my neck. I sent it back and ordered size XS again, which worked better for me. As you can see, it still fits well. In my experience, if you’re in between sizes, you might prefer the larger of your two sizes because of the neck. While the fit is compressive and snug, the fabric also stretches comfortably and moves with you across the body.
The jersey fits longer at the back to avoid creases on the front. In the XS, the cut is definitely suitable for the little ones. Taller riders may find it slightly short across the torso in the smaller sizes. There is a silicone band on the inside back hem to help keep it in place. Although it moves about an inch, it does not get on top of me.
One of the main differences between Machines short sleeve and long sleeve jerseys is the fabric. The short sleeve jersey is much more substantial and has a light texture. Although it is more robust, it is still not too thick for hot days. If you take a closer look, you can see the slight checkerboard texture, which gives it a squeezed feel. Like the long sleeve jersey, this fabric offers UPF protection so you don’t have to worry about sunscreen under your jersey. The jersey also features contrasting mesh panels under the arms for ventilation.
Like the Machines summer weight jersey, this one includes 3 back pockets for bottles and 1 secure zipped pocket. If you go for the XXS, you will only get 2 bottle pockets. The jersey also features mesh underarm vents in an accent color to complement the print.
In terms of performance, I was very happy to wear them on my outings and to own several different prints. They all withstood the challenge of my mountain biking trips and repeated washing very well.
Overall, I love this jersey as a staple in my mountain biking wardrobe and would recommend it to other riders. At $ 178, it’s far from the cheapest jersey on the market, but I was very happy with the quality. In addition, I really like the Machines brand and I am happy to support it. Machines are always offering great new printing options in their jerseys to suit a range of personal styles. You can find all their current prints in the endurance jersey on their website (best selection) or Backcountry.
Machines for Freedom endurance jersey in florazzo rose quartz
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