I have been riding with the Royal Racing Blast jersey, Blast gloves, Epic jersey and Esquire shorts since this winter, and I found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden. The excellent Blast jersey and superb Blast gloves have been the highlight of the test period, followed closely by the others. Royal Racing was started in 2000 by riding legend Steve Peat and designer Nick Bayliss, and they offer no compromise gear for downhill, freeride and trail riding.
The Blast Jersey is an excellent product, that is comfortable, and simple but useful in its functionality and features. It’s cut baggy (loose) with a drop tail, and is long and oversized, since it was meant to be used over armor. I predominantly wore it with elbow/forearm guards underneath the jersey, and always had plenty of room. One extremely nice feature is a short section of padding that is sewn along the outer portion of the forearm. It gave additional protection and durability in a high wear area, and I appreciated it every time I got whacked in the arm by the branches of the local scrub oak. It is a pull on jersey, without any zippers, and although I would have liked a full length front zipper for ventilation and functionality, the lack of one keeps the price down and the durability up. The jersey was very comfortable, and I really liked the open collar, as it was never binding or bothersome, and it just felt right. The jersey has been very durable, and hasn’t shown any signs of wear in the full time usage over the multiple months it was abused, and the typical wear spots by the shoulders from a hydration pack were minimal.
This has been one of my favorite jerseys this past year, as it’s very comfortable, offers excellent sun protection, dissipates sweat well and vents nicely for a full sleeved jersey. It was just plain uber comfy!
- Padded forearm
- Loose fit, excellent with under armor
- No zipper (full length)
- No optical wiping material
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Blast Jersey Specs:
- MSRP $59.95
- Sizes – X Small, Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
- Colors – Red, Blue, Green, Graphite
- Visit the Blast Jersey website
- Description – The latest evolution of our race line – the 11th descendant of the jersey that started it all. Sublimated graphics, hi def logos, great venting and a drop tail make the 2011 Blast jersey a worthy successor to its predecessors.