Made by Riders for the Riders!
Are you sick of the usual shrink and pink approach used for womens mtb riding gear? If so, then check out Track X.
TrackX are based out of Tasmania where they are spoilt with incredible trails, now World class trails, what with the recent Enduro World Series being held there. So they have a pretty good testing ground for their products.
We wont go into the details of the company in this post as we interviewed the nice people of TrackX only recently. You can read that post here. This post is about the Women’s Long Sleeved Jersey and trail shorts.
So let’s get on with it…
Womens Tiled Jersey – Teal
Price – $70.00
No shrink and pink approach here, which is a refreshing change
Look and Feel
Straight out of the bag the jersey looks great! No shrink and pink approach here, which is a refreshing change. The overall design and styling has a classy feel to it, nothing too garish.
The ‘Tiled’ jersey by TrackX is targeted at the trail/enduro rider with it’s 3/4 length sleeves with a slightly DH style to the cut.
There was no gathering around the shoulders or under the armpits. The length of the 3/4 sleeves and the rear of the jersey was also good
Construction & Features
Although the jersey has a relaxed style, the panel construction gives it a slightly fitted appearance. The jersey features the popular 3/4 length sleeve design, which is perfect for the Australian climate. Hot one day, cold the next.
The fabric is light and made of a quick drying polyester, which wicks away sweat and dries very quickly. If you like to stash items on yourself, then you’ll be pleased with the good sized zipped pocket on the side of the jersey.
The jersey graphics are printed using a sublimation process, which is something we really like in MTB apparel these days. This means the inks are fused into the fabric as opposed to sitting on top of the fabric, which can result in the graphics peeling off after a while.
It has a relaxed fit but it strangely also felt quite fitted. Some sort of Tasmanian wizardry going on here!
Once on, the jersey fits very well. We mentioned it has a relaxed fit but it strangely also felt quite fitted. Some sort of Tasmanian wizardry going on here.
There was no gathering around the shoulders or under the armpits. The length of the 3/4 sleeves and the rear of the jersey was also spot on.
The neckline and diameter of the neck hole was just right. Not too tight and no annoying pieces of fabric to cause abrasions.
NB: Sizing for the jersey is small. If you normally wear a small we’d suggest ordering a medium (see TrackX size guide for measurements).
Our test rider noted the good level of stretch in the fabric when in the attack position, which resulted in a comfortable fit with or without a pack
Out On The Trail
The TrackX ‘Tiled’ jerseys are designed for women who love to shred the trails up and down, so have been designed with this in mind. The lightweight fabric meant that our test rider didn’t experience any overheating on harder climbs, especially on warmer days.
Although we didn’t test in the middle of the Australian summer, we are pretty sure it would be too warm for those conditions, 35+ degree days…but for riding during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months, it’s perfect!
Our test rider noted the good level of stretch in the fabric when in the attack position, which resulted in a comfortable fit with or without a pack, with no tightness under the arm pits. Plus no riding up the back was experienced, which is a box we always like to tick.
Women’s Enduro/Trail Shorts MKII – Black
The shorts come in any colour, as long as you like black
Look and Feel
TrackX also make women’s shorts, so you can now get the complete package. The shorts come in any colour, as long as you like black. But black is fine with us as it allows us to mix and match with a range of other mtb gear.
What we noticed straight away was how light these shorts are. They feel incredibly light when we picked them up so we’re keen to get them on and see what they were like out on the trails.
We like light shorts but you have to have that balance of lightness versus strength. The last thing we want is total shorts failure out on the trails. You can get arrested for things like that.
The shorts are aimed at the trail, enduro or dh rider who is looking for a lightweight breathable short
Construction & Features
The shorts feature an additional rear panel which creates a better range of flexibility when riding and a fit that suits a wider range of rider profiles.
They don’t include a liner, TrackX say “if that is the way you roll then BYO”. This suits us fine as most internal liner/knicks are sub-par. We prefer to layer up and buy specific knicks for the job, if we’re doing longer rides.
There are two side zipped pockets, which have ample room and one rear zipped pocket with a double snap closure and zipped fly. The fly and pockets all come with quality YKK zips.
The shorts are aimed at the trail, enduro or dh rider who is looking for a lightweight breathable short. TrackX say “We have altered our 1st generation shorts to produce a better fit and more accurate size“. We can’t comment on their previous models but these were very comfortable indeed.
The fit is sightly loose with a 4-way stretch fabric that has the most stretch we’ve experienced! This is probably due to how thin and light the fabric. If you prefer a longer length short, then you’ll like these, as the length is slightly longer than other shorts we’ve tested recently.
We tested both lightweight trail and heavy duty DH knee pads and we had no issues with the shorts catching on them
Out On The Trail
The combination of the loose fit and the 4-way stretch, plus that extra length came into play out on the trails. In the corners roosting it with the bum out or rolling over steep terrain in the attack position, they felt really great!
The amount of stretch and lightness gave them good airflow, especially when moving along at speed and the extra length made them very adaptable with all types of knee pads. We tested both lightweight trail and heavy duty DH knee pads and we had no issues with the shorts catching on them.
We liked the pockets with their deep and roomy space, plus the peace of mind having a zipper on all of them was a big plus for us. We got soaked through a few times on some but due to their lightness, they dried super-quickly! Like really quickly.
The price point on the TrackX products are very reasonable, even with shipping costs, making them even more desirable.
- Tiled Jersey – $70.00
- Trail Shorts – $99.00
It’s good to see more women’s riding gear on the market. We’ve reviewed gear in the past and we often get asked “but where’s the Women’s version?” and quite rightly so. So thanks TrackX for equally developing a range for women.
The sport is only growing and we are seeing more and more women riding these days, so it needs to be an equal affair.
The jersey is comfortable with a cut designed for trail riding and feature some really nice touches. The styling is classy and refined. The shorts are light, stretchy and very, very comfortable and will handle most types of riding you can throw at them.
If you’re a woman or girl, who likes to ride mountain bikes and are in the market for some new threads, then you should definitely check out TrackX.
Author: Jason Lorch
Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).
I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them.
So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.
Chief editor at Tyres and Soles.