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Best Women’s Mountain Bike Jerseys

Is it so much to ask to be cute AND comfortable while shredding the trail?!  Why no, no it’s not.  You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for performance when it comes to a mountain bike jersey, and we’ve rounded up jerseys that prove that you can have both.

These are jerseys that I’ve tested and continue to wear, and that our Femme Cyclist team and community has recommended as well. They’ve been bikepacking with me, vacationed in Sedona, and adorned me on countless rides from my backdoor. These jerseys have been sweated in, bled on, and subjected to dozens of wash cycles.

Note that these are mountain bike style jerseys. If you are looking for a more race-oriented, zip-up jersey, check out our list of the best women’s cycling jerseys. To complete your look, pick a pair of bottoms from our top picks for women’s mountain bike shorts or read our guide on what to wear mountain biking.

Our Top Picks

What We LovePrice
SHORT SLEEVE JERSEYS
Pactimo Range TeeStink free merino, comfortable$95
PNW Ozone Trail TeeSuper soft, affordable$49
Wild Rye SalidaFlattering fit$75
Showers Pass Apex JerseyDurable, merino$85
Club Ride BandaraSomething different!$59
Pearl Izumi SummitBreathable, good for hot days$65
LONG SLEEVE JERSEYS
Shredly Beyond TechSeamless, stink resistant$88
Club Ride Liv’n FlannelCozy and warm$79
Dharco GravityRoom for elbow pads$74

Pactimo Range Tee

kristen mountain biking with the pactimo range tee

Price: $95

Pros:

  • Stink-free merino blend
  • Loose, airy fit
  • Dries quickly
  • Comfortable on sensitive skin

Cons:

  • Limited colors

How do you determine what your favorite mountain bike jersey is? The one that you dig through the dirty laundry to find!

I wear the Pactimo Range Tee more than any other mountain bike top I own. I wore it for 4 days straight on Smoke N’ Fire. It has been on every bike trip I’ve been on in the last two years. I rarely go a week without wearing it.

Why do I like it so much? The Range tee is made of stink free merino (so yes, sometimes I really wear it straight out of the dirty laundry bin). It dries quickly, stays warm when wet, and is soft and comfortable.

Even on hot days, I don’t mind the Range tee. It has a roomier fit that feels airy. I also have sensitive skin, and the Range tee doesn’t have any seams, nor does it cling.

If you are into a more tailored, form-fitting look, this might not be the jersey for you, but otherwise, I can’t think of a reason not to recommend it. Well, maybe the lack of colors. I wish it came in more so I could have it in five different colors.

PNW Ozone Tee

pnw ozone tee

Price: $49

Pros:

  • Really soft merino
  • Hides dirt well
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not for hot days

The PNW Ozone Tee might be the softest mountain bike jersey I have worn. The merino blend is incredibly comfortable and cozy.

Like other merino tops, it resists stink and stays comfortable when wet. The fabric is thicker than other merino options on this list, which makes it a good fit for most riding days, but I tend to avoid it if the temps are over 80 degrees.

In addition to the stink-less merino blend, the colors hide dirt well, making this an excellent option for traveling or bikepacking trips. I frequently wear it two days in a row.

The slimmer fit (particularly on the sleeves) was flattering on my body type but may be less so on curvier gals.

Finally, this is a shockingly affordable top. The quality is just as good as the more expensive options listed here.

Read Review: PNW Ozone

Wild Rye Salida

Wild Rye Sandia Jersey (1)

Price: $75

Pros:

  • Merino front/mesh back
  • Flattering, non-boxy cut
  • UPF 50
  • Comes in numeric sizes

Cons:

  • May be too long for shorter torsos

Wild Rye makes my favorite mountain bike shorts, and their jerseys are pretty darn cute too. If you are tired of boxy, unflattering, or overly clingy mountain bike jerseys, you’ll appreciate the Wild Rye Salida short sleeve mountain bike jersey.

It’s long enough you won’t have plumber’s crack (maybe too long for some?), loose enough that you won’t feel claustrophobic, and pretty enough that you’ll be able to wear it to the pub patio after your ride.

Like all of my very favorite mountain bike jerseys, the front is made of a merino blend. But–and this is where the Salida is unique–the back is a breathable mesh. This means the jersey maintains all of the comfort and stink-free benefits of merino BUT you won’t overheat in hot weather.

Also, unlike nearly every other mountain bike jersey on the market, the Salida comes in numeric sizes (0 to 18) so you can get a good fit.

Read Our Review: Wild Rye

Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-Shirt

showers pass apex jersey

Price: $85

Pros:

  • Lightweight merino
  • Can be worn for daily use
  • Flatlock stitching
  • Flattering fit

Cons:

  • Limited colors

The Shower’s Pass Apex jersey is a merino wool blend tech tee that’s lightweight and airy. Thanks to the fabric, this jersey stays stink-free, wrinkles shake out, and it stays dry even in sweaty or rainy conditions. This jersey is comfortable in hot summer conditions but works well for layering with a flannel in cooler weather as well.

The fit is looser and does a good job hiding any belly rolls. But the loose fit doesn’t mean it looks frumpy. In fact, this jersey can easily be worn around town.

If you have sensitive skin like I do, you’ll value the flatlock stitching which means there aren’t any seems to rub. Your skin will also appreciate the UPF 40 protection.

The only bummer is that it comes in limited colors–currently only blue and black.

Read Our Review: Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-Shirt

Club Ride Bandara

club ride savvy short

Price: $59

Pros:

  • Fun, bold designs
  • Lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Reflective accents & UPF 30
  • Pockets

Cons:

  • Tight in the chest for larger busts

The Club Ride Bandara is the jersey that I throw on when I’m looking for something just a little bit different. This is the more feminine version of the very popular men’s Club Ride western-inspired tops, and it comes in a ton of fun colors and prints.

The fabric is durable, doesn’t fade in the sun, and even after several years of use, still looks basically brand new.

The shirt does have some reflective accents, which while popular on road jerseys, is something you don’t see much on mountain bike jerseys. Since I usually ride on pavement to access trails, often as daylight is waning, I appreciated this.

Also unusual for a mountain bike top, is the fact that it has pockets! There is one on the chest as well as a small zippered rear pocket.

The fabric has recently been updated, and is lighter, silkier, and breathable than the previous version–much appreciated! The fabric has sun protection (UPF 30) and, thanks to the collar, it provides more neck protection than most.

It does run a little small, especially in the chest, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Read Review: Club Ride

Pearl Izumi Summit

kristen posing in the pearl izumi jersey on the side of the trail

Price: $65

Pros:

  • Keeps you cool and comfortable in hot weather
  • Provides sun protection
  • Available in a range of colors and prints

Cons:

  • Doesn’t match the softness or odor resistance of Merino wool

The Pearl Izumi Summit jersey is an excellent choice for women seeking a breathable and comfortable mountain bike top for hot weather. Its airy design and UPF 25 sun protection make it ideal for summer rides. The jersey’s lightweight material, with tiny perforations for enhanced breathability, keeps me cool and comfortable even in 80-degree temperatures.

Despite its thin fabric, the Summit jersey is surprisingly durable. The relaxed cut offers a flattering fit that isn’t too baggy.

Available in a variety of colors and prints, including both one-tone and two-tone options, the Summit jersey adds a touch of visual interest to your ride. While the polyester material isn’t as soft or odor-resistant as Merino wool, the jersey’s performance in hot weather is a reasonable trade-off.

Read Review: Pearl Izumi

Shredly Beyond Tech

shredly long sleeve

Price: $88 (long sleeve version)

Pros:

  • Size inclusive
  • Stink resistant
  • No seams

Cons:

  • Spendy for a synthetic jersey

The Shredly Beyond Tech jersey comes in several different versions including long-sleeve (pictured here), short-sleeve, and tank options. The material is lightweight and slightly stretchy.

Gals with sensitive skin will like that there are no seams at all–edges are bonded rather than sewn. And it’s highly stink resistant. According to Shredly, the jersey is “treated chemically-free with FAR infrared ray and negative ion technology to achieve anti-bacterial and odor properties.” No clue what that means, but it seems to actually work!

The jersey comes in several fun colors/designs and a wide variety of sizes (XS to 3X). The fit is loose and fits true to size (maybe even a little big).

While the Beyond Tech jersey isn’t prohibitively expensive, it is about $10 more than the comparable Dharco Gravity jersey.

Club Ride Liv’n Flannel

club ride liv'n flannel

Price: $79

Pros:

  • Vents for breathability
  • Zippered pocket
  • Reflective details

Cons:

  • Fully synthetic = stinky

Every mountain biker needs a good flannel. They are easy to layer, durable, and keep you warm when the temps start getting cold.

Designed specifically for biking, the Club Ride Liv’n Flannel ensures warmth without sacrificing breathability, thanks to its unique mesh vents under the arms. This design prevents overheating, even during more intense efforts.

One of the key features of the Liv’n Flannel is its small zippered pocket, perfect for securing essentials like an ID or cash, though it’s not large enough for a phone. Additionally, the flannel incorporates reflective details, making it a great choice for low-light rides on the road to and from the trailhead.

It’s important to note that the Liv’n Flannel isn’t true “flannel”–it’s not cotton, it is fully synthetic. This gives it a little more stretch than your average flannel, but it also means that it gets stinky quickly. I prefer to wear it as a layer over a non-stink merino tee rather than on its own.

Read Review: Club Ride

Dharco Gravity

Price: $74

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Room for elbow pads
  • Good airflow (for a long sleeve)

Cons:

  • Limited sizing

Dharco makes some of our favorite pants for mountain biking, and the Dharco Gravity jersey is a perfect match. It’s designed for downhill riding with ample room for elbow pads, and breathability for hot days in the bike park. The fabric has tiny perforations and mesh at the sides to help with airflow.

Aesthetically, the jersey is pretty and comes in several different designs (that you can match to the Gravity Pants). Functionally, the jersey is top notch too. There is a zip pocket big enough for your keys, snacks, or lift pass–something that’s hard to find with mountain bike tops.

Finally, the durability is impressive. I’ve crashed in this top and washed it over and over, and it has held up beautifully.

The only bummer is the lack of inclusive sizing. The jersey comes in sizes XS to XL and that’s it. Additionally, it can be a bit tricky trying to use the size chart to find the correct fit.


Things To Consider When Shopping For A Mountain Bike Jersey

Type Of Riding

The jersey you want is largely dependent on the type of riding you’re going to be doing and how much coverage and protection you need.

For cross-country racing, you likely want a tighter fitting jersey with pockets. Most cross-country racers don’t want to carry a hydration pack, so having pockets is key. If this is you, you probably want to consider a “cycling jersey” rather than a looser fitting mountain bike jersey.

For casual trail riding, focus on comfort. I like looser fitting (though not boxy) jerseys that allow for freedom of motion. You’ll also want to look for a jersey that is quick-drying as you’ll sweat on uphills and cool down on downhills.

kitsbow mountain bike top

Finally, for enduro and downhill riding, opt for a 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve jersey that provides additional protection AND has plenty of room for pads.

Weather Conditions

Riding in hot weather? Look for a jersey with mesh panels or other breathable features built in. You also want quick drying materials so you’re not soaked in your own sweat.

For cooler and wet weather, we love merino wool. It stays dry, is reasonably breathable, and will keep you warm.

tevis jersey

Pockets Or No Pockets

Most mountain bikers ride with either a hydration pack or a hip pack. In that case, you don’t really need a jersey with pockets.

That said, there are other women who don’t like carrying a pack (especially on shorter rides) and really like having pockets on their jersey. If that’s you, then look for a jersey with pockets–though you won’t find many “mountain bike specific” jerseys with pockets.

club ride rear pockets

Material And Durability

Before buying a jersey, I always like to take at least a cursory glance at the material it’s made from. Is it breathable? Is it sustainable? Will it last a long time? These are some of the things that might matter to you.

Personally, I like to buy pieces that I know will last for YEARS. Sometimes you have to pay a little bit more for these jerseys, but it’s usually worth it over the long run.

mountain biking with the trail jersey

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About The Reviewer

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @femme_cyclist

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