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Giro Ride jersey review – casual look, seriously comfortable

Giro’s new Ride jersey looks laid-back but has it got a hidden talent for hard work?

Giro Ride Jersey
(Image: © GuyKesTV)

Bike Perfect Verdict

Giro’s new casual look MTB/gravel jersey hides a lot of eco fabric and smart features making it super comfortable and versatile while keeping your conscience clear.

Pros

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    Excellent eco poly and merino cloth

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    Comfortable feel in all weathers

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    Close but casual cut

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    High volume rear pockets with extra valuables stash

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    Subtle logo and reflective detailing

Cons

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    No neck zip

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    Front patch pocket is mostly decorative

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    No specific women's option

Giro has made some great casual yet practical riding gear in the past and this new Ride jersey combines a relaxed vibe with a great eco fabric mix and useful practicality to be a contender in both best mountain bike jersey and best gravel jersey categories.

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Giro Ride Jersey

Casual 'T-shirt' look hides hard working, versatile performance (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Design and specifications

Giro gets off to a good eco start with the 84% recycled polyester Renew fabric that’s blended with 11% merino for warmth control and stench reduction and 5% Spandex for stretch. 

Cut is a subtly modified T-shirt style with cowled sleeves and a contrast panel across the chest. The open-topped chest pocket is more decorative than practical for anything heavy or valuable but there are three high-volume, stretchy pockets at the back which you can stuff plenty into. There’s also a smaller zipped pocket on the center pocket, which gets a really nice quality flip-over, rubber tab zipper.

There’s a subtle embroidered logo tag on one pocket and reflective strips up the sides of both outside pockets. There are two different color options and it comes in S to XXL in mens and I guess because the cut is casual enough to be unisex there’s no women’s option.

Giro Ride Jersey

The three back pockets have expanding plackets at the bottom, a 'luxury zipped' valuables pocket and reflective strips (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Performance

The Ride jersey feels like a favorite tee as soon as you take it out of the compostable packaging. The natural feel of the merino means it doesn’t come across as cold or synthetic but it’s not so woolly it’s going to itch even on really hot days. While the ‘Drirelease’ mix doesn’t ‘wick’ and dry as fast as a fully synthetic shirt it’s not far behind. The fact it holds warmth better when wet keeps it comfortable rather than clammy on mixed weather or long climb/fast descent days. It resists bacterial build up too so you can ride further before you start smelling like roadkill. Unlike most synthetic jerseys I’ve used, it shrugged off scuffs and scrapes without any pulls too, so it’s perfectly happy on trails as well as gravel.

The versatile fabric is matched by a cut casual enough to pull over your head easily which is lucky as there’s no front zip. It’s not overly baggy around the belly though and the arms are naturally close rather than loose unless you’ve got proper roadie arms. There’s enough support in the fabric that means they don’t end up dragging down over your butt when overloaded with snacks either. Not that you can really overload with snacks obviously.

Giro Ride Jersey

Two colors, both of them subtle not showy (Image credit: GuyKesTV)

Verdict

There’s a lot of crossover in riding at the moment and the Ride shirt spans a wide range of uses really well. The fabric feels and works great, lasts well, repels smell, and doesn’t stink up the planet either. It doesn’t flap too much when you’re plugging into a headwind on the gravel bike or ripping a descent, but it doesn’t look like a roadie sausage skin so you can wear it anywhere. The rear pockets are up for a stuffing and there’s enough quality detailing to make you feel posh without getting overly punished on price.

Tech Specs: Giro Ride Jersey

  • Price: $95 / £74.99 / €90
  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Options: Black/charcoal, Black/harbour blue 
Guy Kesteven
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He spent a few years working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg