The Go Long is an excellent long sleeved jersey, with a generous cut, which is full featured, comfortable and offers exceptional sun protection, while the Days 2 Short are a nice set of shorts, which are simple, durable and have an effective waist adjustment system. All of their products use technical performance materials, that have great wicking and odor properties, and use stretchy material for the utmost in comfort, and movability. It’s interesting bike apparel, that encompass men’s and women’s jerseys and shorts, that are functional, and have enough fashion to allow you to wear it in a normal environment, with a sort of bowling shirt meets western flair, combined together in a nifty package.
The Go Long is made from a lightweight 4-way stretch polyester, that has excellent wicking properties, and the material is thick enough that it’s durable, and provides a nice balance of warmth and cooling. It has a straight cut, giving it a loose hanging feel, making it comfortable, with lots of freedom and movement accommodation. The upper section has an angled plaid section of material, which gives it a slight western look to the jersey. There is a long mesh section that starts at the wrist, and extends under the arms and down the sides, which provides superb ventilation and moisture control, and stretch. The Go Long has a full length front zipper which has a flap that closes over it with a set of snaps, adding a nice fashion touch and providing additional functionality, since venting, warmth and cooling can be subtly controlled and tuned by a manipulation of the snaps and zipper. Since the collar sits up high and surrounds the neck, it serves as a sun and wind shield, adding protection for the back and sides of the neck. The Go Long has a snapped front left breast pocket, and a nice zippered lower back pocket with a media port. It’s available in Raven, Bone (as tested) and Powder colors, in Small, Medium, Large, or X-Large, and retails for $99.99.
One would think that a long sleeved and full-length jersey would be overtly hot in the middle of the summer, but the benefits of sun protection, breathable and wickable materials, and a well-designed ventilation system, work in synergy to provide pretty amazing comfort. The Go Long’s open mesh material extends along the sides and under the arms, which offers exceptional ventilation, and really gets some air and circulation where it’s needed most. The jersey wicks the perspiration well, and it dries quickly, so you never feel like you are damp. The full front zipper with the snap flap, was extremely useful, and it was easy to tune the amount of air entry, which assisted in both cold and hot weather. You could open the flap and lower the zipper while climbing, and shut the flap and raise the zipper when descending, which help level out extreme swings of heating and cooling. I can’t overstate enough the superb sun protection the Go Long provided, and the full arm and body coverage, and high collar, help keep the body cooler and the skin safer. After some bouts with skin cancer, I try to keep things well covered. On a couple of rare occasions, when doing some really steep drops and rollers, the length of the front would catch on the saddle’s nose, making for an awkward moment. I did have one snap on the cuff of the sleeve come apart, but it was simple to repair with some pliers.
I had some interesting encounters with equestrians and horses, in which the shirt seemed to invoke a calmer atmosphere and sense of being, which I can only attribute to the subdued pattern, western flair and loose fit of the jersey, but I could be imagining things?
The Club Ride Go Long jersey is comfortable, and feature laden, with nice fashion sense, with a slight western flair. The full-length zipper, front flap and buttons make a functional system, for either ventilation or warmth, and the collar adds great protection for the neck from the wind and sun. The long cut is nice and loose, and with the stretchy material, and properly placed arm and side mesh panels, makes a highly maneuverable and well ventilated jersey. The material is durable, and thick enough for some warmth, yet highly breathable for cooling, and has excellent moisture management properties.
The Go Long is a comfortable and functional bike jersey, that is also contemporary and casual enough for normal attire, and the superb sun protection and ventilation mesh panels, along with the synergistic front zipper and flap, combine for an excellent package.
- Comfortable and stretchy
- Nice long and baggy cut
- Ventilation tuning with front buttons and full-length zipper
- Sun protection
- Under arm and side mesh panels
- Snap durability?
- Long front cut can occasionally catch on the saddle nose during uber steep maneuvers
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
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Go Long Specs:
- MSRP: $99.99
- Visit the Club Ride Go Long website
- Light weight “RideDryWear” wicking polyester
- Full side and arm venting system
- Rear zippered storage pocket with media port
- Quick dry for moisture control
- Front vent system for air flow control
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Colors: Raven, Bone, Powder