Funkier Freeride Jersey and Hawk Shorts Review


Never heard of the brand “Funkier”? You’re not alone. I had not heard of this brand either, until I received a press release about their new clothes. After checking their website, I learned that they are based in Israel of all places. Now, it just so happens that I met a fellow cycling journalist from Israel at a media launch about two years ago. It was then that I first learned that despite my preconceived American notions of Israel, they have quite a flourishing high-end mountain biking scene. According to the Funkier guys, Israel has “really good forest single tracks and challenging desert trails.”

Funkier makes cycling apparel for both the road cyclist and mountain biker alike and they offer stylish options for the commuter as well. Women’s specific shorts and jerseys are available in road and mountain styles. Other Funkier soft goods include head-wraps/bandanas, arm and leg warmers, shoe coverings and gloves. They also have a small selection of road and mtb helmets.

What got my attention as I perused the Funkier website was the Eurobike Award that they won last year for their shorts design. If they can win an award at Eurobike, it just might be worth checking out, and I’m glad I did. I also tested the Funkier Freeride Jersey in short sleeve, both items are great choices for warm weather riding and are durable with nice features.

The Funkier Freeride Jersey (FRJ-616S) comes in both long sleeve and short sleeve versions. It is available in red and comes in 6 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL, 2XL, 3XL) It is V-neck style with no zippers but it does have one zippered pocket on the back, which is also waterproof (a nice touch).

Fabric is 100% Polyester but isn’t hot. It has liberal amounts of venting via the mesh armpits, side panels, underside of the sleeves (which are Raglan) and the front printed panel (which won’t wear or wash off because it is dye sublimated). As a “freeride” style jersey, the fit is naturally on the loose side. The jersey has a “Quick Dry” Active Protection treatment to allow for quick moisture evaporation that keeps you dryer and more comfortable than other fabrics.

I tested the medium size and the fit is comfortable and gives a nice, light and “airy” feeling. The fabric is soft to the touch and has held up to multiple washings (recommendation is gentle (cold) cycle wash, hang dry) with zero color fade. This jersey looks just as good after a dozen uses as when it was brand new.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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