Royal Racing's Stage jersey is tailored with a fit that's not as skin-tight as an XC jersey, but not as loose as one meant for DH.
|The Stage jersey was a constant companion on our late winter and early spring rides, due in no small part to its comfort and well though out fit. Long sleeve jerseys aren't the most exciting product in the tech-heavy world of mountain biking, but the little details that Royal has included on this jersey had us reaching for it over and over again. Things like the small flap of fabric at the top of the zipper that keeps it from scratching against your throat, or the elasticized cuffs to keep the sleeves from sliding down once they're pushed up are simple enough features, but that's what helps make the Stage jersey worth more than a long sleeve polyester shirt from the thrift store.|
During our rides temperatures typically hovered around the 40-50 degree Farenheit mark, conditions where rolling up the sleeves and unzipping the front zipper usually provided enough ventilation to keep us at a comfortable operating temperature until we reached the top of a climb, and then it was sleeves down, zipper up for the high speed descents. One addition we would have liked to see is a goggle / sunglasses wipe sewn to the inside lower portion of the jersey. This has proven to be a handy feature on jerseys from other manufacturers, and it would make sense for Royal to include one given the Stage's enduro race intentions. We also found that the blue colored fabric had a tendency to hold dirt stains even after a thorough washing, and a couple months of muddy, sloppy rides has our jersey looking slightly dingier than it originally did. Even though it might not be looking as sparkly clean as when it was new, all of the seams are intact, and there aren't any rips or loose threads to be found, points that matter much more to use than whether or not a jersey has a few mud spots on it. For riders looking for a well made, do-it-all long sleeve jersey, the Stage is definitely worth a look. - Mike Kazimer
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