The Vibe uses our RideDryWear stretch fabric for style and cool functionality on the bike. Hidden back pocket with media port handles storage and your musical needs. Pair this up with the Zeal pant or our shorts and hit the town by bike.
- Lightweight RideDryWear wicking fabric – 87% Polyester, 13% Lycra
- Stretch fabric for movement
- Quick-dry for moisture control
- Rear zippered storage pocket
- Air2Flow hidden front zip system
- Chest Pocket
- Media port
- Measured size Small
- Weight – 185 g (6.6 oz)
- Pit to Pit – 54.2 cm (21.3 in)
- Center Back – 71.2 cm (28.0 in)
- Retail – $85
Club Ride is a younger brand that was started from an idea back in 2007. The concept was to have technical cycling clothing that would be able to look just as good when off the bike. The company eventually was started in Sun Valley in 2008 and has been growing since. Club Ride has a passion for the bike and the freedom of two wheels.
As I also have a passion for bikes and do not always want to be in my tight-fitting kit, I was interested to check out their gear. This was my first experience with Club Ride. Before the review, I had only seen the occasional ad on some of the cycling sites I tend to visit. I want to thank Club Ride for giving me the opportunity to review a jersey and shorts.
I primarily tested the Vibe Jersey with the Days-2-Short on my bike commute. My commute is 16 miles each way, and I like to ride my touring bike. It is not a ride that I try to crush but rather just get there and home in a reasonable time. The commute is normally a bit cool in the morning and hot in the afternoon, at least it was this summer. I was able to test them in both conditions and at the office in between.
The Club Ride Vibe Jersey is a technical bike jersey disguised as a short-sleeve button up shirt. I have to laugh as I am a blue, black, gray type of guy so when the jersey showed up, and it was Maize Yellow, I had a laugh. It was a little out of my comfort zone but after a couple rides, I became a fan of the color. The Vibe looks sharp and in the Maize, it definitely stands out. The Vibe Jersey is made of Club ride’s proprietary RideDryWear stretch fabric. This fabric is a mix of polyester and Lycra to give the fabric a light feel and good stretch. According to Club Ride, the RideDryWear fabric has exceptional wicking properties, is durable, resistant to bike grease, and is mixed with mesh in strategic locations. In the Vibe, the fabric is mixed with mesh for the pockets, around the neck, and behind the main zipper. Even though this top has buttons/snaps in the front it still also has a zipper. The zipper closure helps block wind as well as providing a securer closure. The zipper does not extend all the way to the top so you can wear the top snaps however you wish.
There are two pockets on the Vibe. On is a zippered chest pock and the other is a zipped hip pocket. Both pockets have small flaps to cover the zipper and present a cleaner look. The hip pocket also has an audio port so you can run the cable up the inside of the jersey. The jersey does not have any reflective elements, and the only branding is a small “Club Ride” on the sleeve. This keeps the jersey looking sharp so you are ready for the town after your ride.
I did have a hard time finding any information about Club ride and their sustainable efforts. There was no info on the fabrics and little about the company. I do appreciate that Club ride is a proponent of cycling and also give them credit for making items that work for both on and off the bike. This means that you need fewer items in your closet than before which saves energy and resources. For these reasons, I gave them a two rating in sustainability.
Arm Sizing (15%)
Ease of Movement (20%)
Torso Sizing (25%)
I tested a size small in the club Ride Vibe Jersey. In my dress shirts, I am normally a small, so I wanted a jersey that would fit like a normal shirt would for when I was off the bike. I am glad I went for the small as there was plenty of room in it for me. I felt like the jersey fit a little on the loose side. I think this is a bit by design, as a loose jersey let’s air circulate better and has a bit of a casual feel to it. I am just used to a tailored fit on my dress shirts, that is what I am comparing it to. It was not only the torso that had a little extra room but also the arms. I would say that the jersey fit about a half size bigger than typical shirt fits. That does not mean that it was uncomfortable in any way as I really liked the feel of the shirt. Even wearing it for 10 hours on days I would ride to work, work, and then ride home it was comfortable all day. I even wore it over a baselayer on a couple of rides when I needed more warmth and it could fit over the top easily.
The fabric is soft and has an excellent stretch to it. Between the looser fit and the stretch in the fabric, the Vibe is easy to move around in. It is not restrictive in anyway. One thing I do like about the Vibe is the longer length of the jersey. There is plenty for cover up as you ride, which is important to me. I never felt like my lower back was exposed. The one thing that will throw off the fit slightly is putting something too heavy in the back pocket. If I had my iPhone in there it was enough to slightly pull down on that section of the jersey, and then it would be a less comfortable in the shoulders and neck. I would end up twisting it back into place from time to time until it pulled again. I noticed this was more prevalent wearing the jersey alone. With a baselayer, it would stay in place better.
Drying Speed (15%)
Moisture Transport (15%)
The Vibe Jersey is made of a proprietary fabric called RideDryWear, which is a stretchy polyester fabric. The jersey has an excellent stretch and still breathes fairly well. When riding it feels like it blocks some of the wind from coming through, I am only guessing, but I would say about half the wind gets through. As I mentioned before the jersey fits a little on the loose side so air can circulate underneath well. The Vibe has a different closure system than most jerseys in order to look like a traditional button up shirt. The jersey first zips up and then buttons over the top of the zipper. This helps keep the structure of the jersey while wearing it and controlling the amount of wind that comes in through the opening.
The Vibe is comfortable to the touch and even though the seams are not flat locked, I had no comfort issues. I feel like the jersey did move moisture well when I did get sweaty and dried fairly quickly as well. Many of my rides home were very hot, and it was inevitable that I would get sweaty so the jersey got a good test. One thing that is missing from the jersey is reflective elements. The jersey is maize in color so it is easier to be seen but if this is going to be used for city wear as well as mountain biking, then you would expect it to have reflective something. It felt kind of odd that there is none. The jersey is, however, very versatile; it felt equally at home on the trails as it did commuting to work. One other drawback with the jersey is the pockets. I like them unless I get sweaty. Since they are made of mesh, things can get messy when you get sweaty. This means you just need to plan accordingly.
Overall, I liked the Vibe Jersey and with a couple tweaks it could be great. I felt like the fit was slightly on the large side as even in the small I had some extra room. I did like the fabric and how well it not only stretched, but it felt comfortable to wear it as well. The jersey looks good, not only did it ride well but was at home in the office as well. The jersey performs pretty well with a unique closure system that helps not only with the appearance but also keeps the airflow in the jersey regulated. I like how Club Ride was able to make the pockets blend in without being seen but since they are mesh, if you get sweaty, the stuff in the pockets will as well. The back pocket also pulls on the neck funny if you put too heavy of an item in there. This is not a big deal, but I did have to adjust it from time to time when it pulled too much. I would still recommend the Vibe and even more so the Days-2-Short that I tested with it. Just size it accordingly and know some of the things you learn along the way of using it. The Vibe Jersey retails for $85, which is a fair price. Take a look at the Days-2-Short as well if you want a short to go with the jersey. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Comfortable fabric
- Great stretch and easy movement
- Looks good on the bike and in the office
- Audio port in back pocket
- Mesh pockets can get sweaty
- Heavy object in back pocket pull on neck
- Runs slightly large
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