Dakine Static Jersey Review
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Like a lot of mountain bikers these days, I don’t stick strictly to one style of riding. I bounce from cross country riding, all mountain riding, and downhilling on any given day. Many of the pieces in Dakine’s mountain bike line seem to easily transition from long days of pedaling to adrenaline-filled days riding lifts at the local resort and the women’s Static Jersey is a great example of one of those pieces.
The Static Jersey is styled more like an athletic t-shirt than a jersey merging the fit of a cross-country jersey with the styling of a downhill jersey. While many cross-country or trail specific jerseys have a zipped front and pockets on the back the Static Jersey has neither, but does have the slimmer, but not tight, fit of a traditional jersey. For me, I found the fact that it didn’t have any back pockets to be a benefit since a lot of my riding is long trail rides where I’m wearing a jam-packed hydration pack where the pockets end up just adding an extra layer to hold in heat and moisture and potentially cause discomfort.
The cut of the Static Jersey was comfortable and flattering. It has raglan style sleeves which allowed for easy movement without the seams rubbing on my shoulders even with a pack on all day. The scoop neck is fairly high keeping the sun out and preventing it from hanging down while I was leaning over the bike on descents. The length hits just below the hips, so was long enough to keep me covered even when leaning forward in riding position.
I primarily wore the Static Jersey on trail rides of all different lengths in Moab and Colorado’s front range. The 100% polyester material allowed it to dry quickly and wick moisture away from my skin on super hot days in Moab, but also kept me warm enough on brisk spring days in the front range. The material is medium weight, but never felt too hot and didn’t hold moisture even on my back with a pack on. The material is slightly perforated so it allowed air to move freely through it. Another important feature of the material is that it includes Microban antimicrobial technology which I really appreciate since somehow my mountain biking clothing always seems to get a little funkier than my other outdoor gear.
The material seems tough and even after a few run-ins with rocks in Moab, it doesn’t have any abrasions. Having washed the Static Jersey several times in the past few weeks I feel pretty confident that the material and stitching are durable.
The cut and sizing is slimmer than a true downhill jersey, but I was on the border of a small and medium, so I sized up and could still fit the Static jersey snugly over slim-fitting armor for lift-served days.
While the Dakine website states that the Static Jersey features an interior sunglass wipe, the jersey I have does not have this feature.
To top off the functionality and comfort of the Static Jersey it also comes in a three bright color options and a fun asymmetrical pattern.