Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts Review

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I have been wearing the Royal Racing Java Jersey, MW365 Jersey and Shorts since this winter, and I found them to be comfortable, durable and feature laden. The excellent long sleeved Java Jersey has been a pleasure to wear while riding during the test period, and it’s made with the innovative S. Café fabric, which utilizes recycled coffee granules. The MW365 Jersey and Shorts were designed in collaboration with Mark Weir, hence the MW designation, and they’re a nice cusp between Cross Country and All Mountain apparel.

Java Jersey L/S
The jersey is made with the innovative S. Café fabric, which utilizes recycled coffee granules in a polyester blend. The Taiwanese company Singtex makes the S.Café fabric used in their Java jerseys. Their process transforms recycled coffee grounds into the S.Café yarn, which is then woven with polyester to create a technical composite fiber. The S.Café fabric offers natural UV protection, odor control and quick-drying properties, and is eco-friendly since the coffee grounds don’t end up in the dump.

This long-sleeved jersey is an excellent product, which is comfortable and simple, yet has great functionality and features. It’s cut baggy and loose with a long cut, and the long sleeves come down to the wrists for good coverage. You can wear thin soft armor underneath the jersey, while bulkier types worked fine on the outside, without too much bunching of the material. It pilled in a few spots by the hydration packs wear zones and down by the wrists, but it hasn’t shown any wear spots or holes, and compared to last year’s material, which frayed and pilled like crazy; this version is much better. It has an 11 inch front zipper for ventilation, although I would prefer a 3/4 to full length one for maximum effectiveness, but the 1/3 length does a decent enough job. The jersey is very comfortable, with excellent stretchiness, and the fabric is soft and plush against the skin. The SE Cafe material is supposed to be odor-eating, and it does seem to decrease the smell, albeit when you stink, you stink. 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.

Final Thoughts
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 can be used across all seasons, protecting the body from the wrath of the sun in the summer, and good covering if used with a base layer in the cooler season. The material is comfy against the skin, and air seems to move nicely through the weave, and it wicks and breathes well, and dry’s quickly. I do wish it had a small side pocket, and all though it is much improved over last year, it still pills.

Pros

  • Great breathability and wicking properties
  • Excellent sun protection
  • Loose and relaxed fit, and long cut
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Soft material
  • Optical wiping material
  • S.Café fabric – UV protection, quick drying and odor control

Cons

  • Slight pilling
  • No pocket

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Java Jersey L/S Specs:

  • MSRP: $69.95
  • S-Café recycled coffee granules / polyester fabric
  • 1/4 length neck zip
  • Taped for comfort rear neck seam
  • Optic wipe
  • Sizes: X Small, Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
  • Colors: Molten Lava Red, Danube Blue, Graphite


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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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