Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts Review

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MW365 Jersey
The jersey is made with their Royal ‘Kinetic’ Bamboo material on the main body, and polyester meshed sections on the side, back and shoulder blades. The materiel offers great stretchiness, ventilation and wicking capabilities, and open weave on the back and sides (shown above in gray) offers incredible flow through. All the material used has a rougher feel to it, and the main bamboo product has a definite robustness and toughness, which gives the jersey good durability. It has snagged and pilled in a few spots, especially by the hydration packs wear zones, but it hasn’t shown any wear spots or holes. The jersey has a loose cross country cut, meaning it still has a slimmer and conforming style, instead of baggy and droopy. The meshed section takes up a lot of real estate on the jersey, so you get a lot of ventilation and cooling, and its open weaved pattern doesn’t retain much moisture. Another benefit of the material is that you can hang it from a tree or your bike when you take a break, and it dries very quickly. On the inside of the jersey’s hem, by the right hip is a small section (5×6 inches) of optical wiping material, which is great to clean sunglasses or a camera lens. It has a zippered stash pocket on the right side, that is about a deck of cards in size, which can be used with a pack on, and in addition, it has three classic back pockets.

Final Thoughts
The jersey has a very classic cross country design, with a slimmer cut and three back pockets. I prefer a baggier and looser cut myself, and I found the main material a tad rough feeling, though it does add more robustness and durability. The flow-through mesh side and back panels worked incredibly well, and the large open weave easily passed air through the material, and in addition, it didn’t hold much perspiration and dried super fast.

Pros

  • Mesh panels dry quick and offer superb ventilation
  • Excellent venting, wicking and drying
  • Lower back pocket
  • Optical wiping material
  • Durable

Cons

  • Pilling by the hydration wear zones
  • Slimmer XC cut than I prefer
  • Main material is a bit stiff and rough

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MW365 Jersey Specs:

  • MSRP: $74.95
  • Royal ‘Kinetic’ Bamboo/Polyester mix fabric with flat lock stitch stitching
  • Three classic back pockets including zipped secure stash pocket
  • Double bar tacked at all key stress points
  • Sizes: X Small, Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
  • Colors: Molten Lava Red, Danube Blue, Cloudburst


MW365 shorts
The shorts use a 4-way stretch polyester and spandex blend, and have a slim and form fit with a knee length cut. The polyester material is slightly stiff and thick, which helps with durability, but lowers ventilation and breathability, so they can feel warm on hot days. The shorts have a small zippered stash pocket by the left hip, perfect for car remote, small tool or keys. I find that zippered pockets are a functional necessity on a pair of rugged bike shorts, offering security for pocketed items, though I wish these shorts had more pockets (especially hand). The shorts don’t come with an inner chamois liner, though they do have hooks to hang one from. The front closure uses two robust snaps, and it has a well made zipper with an excellent slider. Unfortunately, due to the slim cut and design of the front snaps, they would occasionally pop open, which I found very annoying. For the waistbands size adjustment, it uses an elastic interior strap system located on the back half of the waist. To tighten, you pull the elastic strap forward, and then insert a small button into the straps pre-cut slots, and the rear section scrunches. It isn’t the easiest system to use, and takes a few tries to figure out, but it works fine, and is solid once it’s set. The entire waist band uses a soft inner material, and the rear has a wide padded section, all of which combine for great comfort.

Final Thoughts
The MW365 is a good pair of shorts, that are comfortable, stretchy, with a decently long cut, and I found them to be very durable. I personally found the fit too slim for my tastes, as I prefer a much baggier design, but I think it will appeal to someone coming from the cross country spandex world. I wish they had more than one pocket, and I had issues with the front snap system.

Pros

  • Tough and durable
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Waist adjustment system

Cons

  • No chamois liner included
  • Only one pocket
  • Slim cut
  • Front buttons can pop open
  • Can feel warm on hot days

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MW365 Shorts Specs:

  • MSRP: $69.95
  • 4 way stretch nylon fabric
  • Internal waist adjustment system with padded back waistband
  • Secure zipped stash pocket
  • Double bar tack stress points
  • Custom hollow pop snap and hook waist closure
  • Sizes: X Small, Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
  • Colors: Black


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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