Club Ride Jack Flannel - Review

Apr 25, 2014
by Jordan Carr  
Club Ride Apparel Jack Flannel

Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Club Ride's HQ is only a few turns of the cranks away from some seriously amazing singletrack, and those big days in the high country are best followed up by sipping bevies on the deck of a local pub. With that in mind, it's no coincidence that the company's clothing mixes technical features to keep you comfortable out on the trail with a casual appearance that should have you just as comfortable during a post-ride refreshment session. The Jack Flannel that's reviewed here is from their fall/winter collection and is intended to keep you warm on those cool days. Constructed out of polyester Dri-Sulate fabric, the Jack is said to be both lighter than a traditional flannel and far more breathable. Underarm mesh venting further helps that cause, and snap closures at the front and on the cuffs are easily undone when riding should you need to make an adjustment. A zippered pocket at the back of the jacket incorporates a media storage pouch for your phone or music device, and Club Ride has added some subtle reflective accents throughout to keep you safe on your way home. The Jack is available in two plaid colour options, Harvest and Odyssey, and retails for $89.95 USD.

Club Ride Apparel Jack Flannel

Reflective accents provide visibility if caught out after dark, while a zippered rear pocket provided just enough storage for a little cash or a cell phone.

Club Ride Apparel Jack Flannel

The front zippered pocket was easily accessible, but we rarely used it. Underarm ventilation provides a nice technical touch and helps to air out during a ride. Up front, stylish snaps add to the Jack's casual appeal but are also functional on the trail for easy airflow adjustment.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesDoesn't looking good on the trail count for something? There seems to be quite a bit of neon flash these days, with a lot of riders seemingly wanting to be spotted from far, far away. Most of us here at Pinkbike prefer to roll with a bit more understatedness, and the Jack Flannel fits that ethos well - it's not about not wanting to be noticed, but rather about not needing to be noticed, right? Appearances aside, the jacket was comfortable on cooler days while still feeling light enough to not be cumbersome, something that a regular flannel can't brag about, although its $90 price tag is also something that a run of the mill flannel doesn't have. The Jack isn't your standard flannel, though, and we found ourselves wearing it far more than we anticipated, especially on days when we knew we'd be heading out for a mid-day ride followed by eats and brews. We didn't get nearly as much moisture trapped as we expected - far less than a jacket not intended for riding - likely due to the underarm ventilation that also adds a more technical component. It's not perfect, however, as the rear zippered pocket allows anything in it to flop around enough to be annoying, especially something like a phone or multi-tool, anytime we threw down a bit of body english when on the bike. Other than that, the Jack Flannel makes a great choice if you're looking for something a bit more casual than most other options out there. - Jordan Carr


  • 98 3
 a 90 dollar flannel! Awesome! I'm getting married to my cousin and really needed something nice for the wedding.
  • 9 2
 Would go great with those Darren berrecloth jeans coloured riding pants. For the poly loving redneck in all of us.
  • 4 4
 It's a riding jersey, club ride is an awesome company with great products! If you are really planning to marry your cousin i'm sure the local spralmart has a far more suitable denim/flannel combo!
  • 2 1
 hahahahaha u sick fuk
  • 33 2
 Or I could buy three or four regular flannels for the same price!
  • 71 5
 But they're not Enduro specific. What would 650b think?
  • 15 5
 650b would say:" man buy that thing in xxxlarge..."
get it? ha? extra large? aaaiigghtt
  • 6 4
 does that come in sizes 650b - 29 er
  • 10 2
 Where are you getting flannels that cost that much? Mine are $5 apiece!
  • 13 4
 So would you guys all prefer to see reviews of the $5-$30 flannel shirt you seem so keen on? Every time im look at a review the comment are just full of endless bitching about the prices... Pretty sure we don't new them pointed out to us over and over again.
  • 6 2
 This is not a Wal-Mart cotton flannel. It is made of poly, it's a technical long sleeve. They do not cost five bucks. Walk into any outdoor clothing retailer and see for yourselves.
  • 11 0
 Yeah this is actually a pretty decent price for a tech long sleeve lifestyle thing. Hell, companies like Arc'Teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, etc routinely charge more. I'm not gonna fill my closet with stuff like this, but it's nice to have tech clothing that looks cool for bike rides to bars and restaurants and stuff like that. Nobody likes to show up with a shirt soaking with sweat.
  • 25 0
 Goth biking apparel next please
  • 12 0
 Keen! Why stop at just apparel? Imagine Gee's moody eyes with a bit o' eyeliner. Rachel would also look great with blue/black hair... Perhaps I'm thinking too much into this HAHA
  • 11 0
 Joking aside, I really hope mtb doesnt become the fashion show snowboarding can sometimes be...
  • 6 0
 It already is, especially with the dh divas...
  • 5 0
 Yeah if you're not wearing the latest onesie look out.
  • 7 1
 I'd be keen but the cut looks a little weird. What's with the sleeves - they look overly big and look like they would flap around being a right nuisance on the trails?

I guess I could buy a waistcoat and pretend I was a redneck pirate...
  • 1 0
 That's what I was thinking. The fit looks way too baggy
  • 6 1
 AmbientLight and WayneParsons called it, Club Ride stuff fits weird. I don't know what the average rider is like in Sun Valley, Idaho but every time I try on a Club Ride jersey thinking I'll get one, I end up laughing when I look in the mirror! They're always too short, too wide, and the sleeves just way too big. I'm almost 6 feet tall and weigh 165lbs but feel like their clothes are made for guys 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and with arms that drag behind them on the ground!
  • 1 0
 Too funny! What a mental image! ROFLAO
  • 9 2
 Err... is it just me then that wears their shi**est clothes biking because you get covered in sh*t biking... ??
  • 6 0
 That's the attitude!
  • 2 4
 Yeah but god made dirt and dirt dont hurt!!
  • 6 2
 I have never felt that a plain tee shirt was affecting my riding. Im not a big fan of bike specific anything. If I can get away with wearing normal clothes to go riding I dont see the point in buying special bike shirts and shorts. jeans and tee shirts or cargo shorts and a wife beater.
  • 2 1
 Saddle sores?
  • 4 1
 Great company with excellent customer service. Club Ride apparel, even their short sleeve tops, is the kiss of death in warmer temps (say, above 75). Moisture doesn't wick, just stays trapped in the poly. Don't even think of wearing a hydration pack unless you enjoy that beer with a giant wet spot that will still be there an hour or so later. The cut is very casual which is great and the pockets not that bad; as noted in the review, items tend to shift, flop and pull on the jersey.

Maybe as a casual item the Club Ride is a good option, but not at that price. At least not for me. And, yes, a $15 Target poly jersey does the same job (no pockets vs near useless pockets) and actually wicks moisture away better.
  • 1 1
 I find the type of poly they use in jerseys uncomfortable, just want to take it off and put on something softer.
  • 3 2
 I got one from the IMBA online store complete with embroiled logo. I find I grab this shirt before any other jersey except on real warm days. Hell, I wear that thing on days I'm Not riding! Very high quality fit, feel, and construction. It not a flannel so they name is a little silly and so is the comparison. If it wasn't so costly I'd own two! it's that good.
  • 5 1
 A prime example of what is wrong with the mountain bike community these days... jeez, just go ride your bike!
  • 4 1
 Goth biking apparel next please
  • 1 0
 One good fall and your 90$ shirt is ruined anyways, i wear flannel don't get me wrong, its just i pay $10 - $15 dollars for mine. lol
  • 5 7
 Oh come on, Jordan. If I'm out on the trail i want to be seen, I want people to see me coming and get off the trail while they're hiking up. And i want to be easy to spot if i end up taking a big fall, get injured and can't contact anyone for whatever reason when out by myself.

"Although its $90 price tag is also something that a run of the mill flannel doesn't have. The Jack isn't your standard flannel, though, and we found ourselves wearing it far more than we anticipated"

You find yourself needing to wear it more because you feel guilty that you just dropped $90 on a Flannel with zippers under the arms that you can buy and install yourself for $2 from spotlight. Not because its the best thing since sliced bread.
  • 2 0
 Smells like teen spirit to me, I'll pass on anything flannel.
  • 2 0
 Left overs from April 1st?
  • 1 0
 Had a look on their web site just to make sure they did not have anything better. sorry NO
  • 2 1
 Jesus..Flannel is sooo last Friday ! Razz
  • 1 0
 I don't wanna where the puffy shirt!
  • 1 1
 where can i buy one !!!!!!
  • 1 1
 No UK retailers, I'm just checking their US list to see if any of them do international shipping.
  • 1 1
 dam it !!!, we need more stuff like they have state side
  • 1 1
 Certainly. This doenst go down well in Europe I think, too bad. Although I LIke brightly coloured jerseys...
  • 1 0
 Idaho influence.
  • 4 5
 looks the nuts AND I CAN AFFORD IT!! Take my money
  • 2 5
 Looks pretty awesome Big Grin
  • 1 1
  • 1 0
 Hipster influence maybe?

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