The folks at Muc-Off have been mixing up bike cleaning, protection, and lube solutions for some time now, and they recently decided to get into the soft goods game. Through various brands they make waterproof riding gear, waterproof bags, and a host of other wearables. They sent over a set of their high tech fabric for a test run, and here’s my take.
The MTB Gloves (available at Amazon), pictured above, are a sturdy pair of slip-on mitts with no seams or inserts across the palm area to cause blisters. The backside is a thinner polyester swath to let the sweat out, and it does so quite well. These gloves are a little heavier than a lot of others I have used, and they work great for throwing a shovel or gripping a handlebar. The fit is spot on based on Muc-Off’s size chart, and these were my favorite piece of the overall kit at €33.95.
The Short Sleeve Rider’s Jersey is not for the fashionably timid. With Monster Energy-esque pink lightning on the chest, Muc-Off lettering down either sleeve and a stripe of pink lightning down the spine, the design is decidedly bold. Or is it bolt? It fits well with their heavy weight Bolt MTB Socks.
The jersey’s tail is nice and long to keep your butt covered, and the torso on the size small fits tight enough not to flap around too much while there is space beneath for a slimmer back protector. With a lens wipe inside the lower hem, the 100% polyester shirt makes a comfortable piece of gear for park days and lunch laps alike, retailing for €22.95.
The brand’s Technical Rider’s Shorts are the least pinked piece of the kit, and should go well with whatever jersey you prefer. The fit for a size small was spot on, and the waist is adjustable via the usual velcro straps on either side. There is a zippered pocket on both of the hips to stuff your snacks and phone in, and a third leg pocket with a single snap top that appears to be solely for aesthetics. You could stuff something in it if you wanted to, but first you’ll want to make sure it’s an item that won’t slip past the snap.
The shorts have some flexible material across the upper butt region that makes them fit cozily in an aggressive riding position. These short-pants are made of a 3-layer waterproof material that breathes decently well, but on hotter days they do hold the sweat in more than non-waterproof shorts. The inseam is plenty long to cover kneepads for most folks. The Technical Rider’s Shorts retail for €89.95.
If you prefer more forest-colored kit for your trail outings, Muc-Off does have other colorways and designs available on their website.