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Dakine Vectra Jersey / Pace Shorts – Apparel Review

Everyone Knows, You Never Go Full Camo!

Dakine MTB offer a snazzy two tone design with their Vectra 3/4 sleeve jersey and Pace shorts so you don’t need to worry about going full camo ever again.

Dakine MTB have been producing some stellar mountain bike clothing over the years and they never fail to impress us with what we think is a refreshing range, every season.

We had a big delivery of Dakine products to review recently, the Traverse gloves, Womens Xena jersey and now the mens Pace and Vectra kit. Dakine seem to have their finger on the pulse when it comes to creating aesthetically pleasing and highly functional clothing and this is evident with their men’s Pace shorts and a 3/4 sleeve Vectra jersey.

First Impressions

The Vectra jersey and the Pace shorts are both incredibly lightweight which make them ideal for most of the Australian riding conditions. The fabric has a slight 4-way stretch and the overall sizing has a relaxed/loose fit, aimed at the enduro – all mountain rider.

The two tone camo/grey marl colour palette has a striking effect and the red Dakine branding finishes it off nicely. They’ve certainly thought about the design being worn as a kit.

The Pace shorts are incredibly lightweight with a simple and no fuss approach. Photo:©Richard McGibbon

Features & Fit – Vectra Jersey

The Vectra Jersey features a classic, casual style with a 3/4 length sleeve and a stylish two tone design and is very simple in terms of any additional features. The jersey doesn’t feature any external pockets (side or rear). It does however feature a small soft wipe cloth on the inside for wiping your googles/glasses.

The material combines a quick dry Pique Polyester with Polygiene® Odor Control fabrics, to keep you feeling fresh and stink free for longer. Overall, the fit is loose and flowy, so if a more baggy fit is your thing then you’ll like the fit of this jersey.

Features & Fit – Pace Shorts

The Pace shorts, very much like the Vectra jersey also feature a casual, loose style with minimum fuss. With an an everyday look and feel to them you could certainly wear the Pace shorts on or off the bike, down the local club, surfing or just general summer wear.

The materials are a lightweight blend of 4-way stretch Polyester and Spandex with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating, so they can handle a bit of water spillage and if they do get a good soaking, they will dry off incredibly quickly.

The Pace shorts feature two good sized hand pockets, belt loops and waist adjustment straps. The shorts have a 14″ inseam and combined with the super lightweight stretch material,  work seamlessly with any knee pad.

Dakine have struck a good balance of style and function. Photo:©Richard McGibbon

Out On The Trails

Getting our on the trails is where the Dakine kit comes alive. Feeling the air rush over you as you fly down your favourite trails is when you can appreciate the lightness of this kit. It’s insanely refreshing!  We did the review on a couple of hot days in the mountains and I was a little concerned about the heat but I had no idea that it was going to be such a breeze. See what I did there?

During hike-a-bike sections (of which there were many) the 4-way stretch fabric of the shorts, gave me a lot of freedom with no restriction of movement for my legs or with my knee pads.

Sweaty jersey? Ha, no problem. The Vectra jersey just drinks it up. Sucking it off your body and pulling it through to dry off on the exterior, in super quick time. The air flow for both the jersey and the shorts felt fantastic all day. The shorts don’t have an inner liner, so this certainly helps to keep things light and fresh.

Maybe less is more when it comes to keeping cooler?

On or off the bike, the Dakine kit copes admirably on hot days. Photo:©Richard McGibbon
The Dakine kit is so airy I had trouble keeping it down. Photo:©Richard McGibbon

What’s also worth noting about Dakine is that they produce products that are BlueSign® approved. This means they are actually give a damn about sustainable textile production supply chains and reducing harmful effects on people and the environment.

Where to Buy / Price

You can pick up the Dakine range from most local or online bike shops.

  • Vectra Jersey: $39.95 approx
  • Vectra Shorts: $99.99 approx

Conclusion

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Secret Dog Society Long Sleeve Jersey – Apparel Review

OBEY the Secret Dog Society!

It’s no secret at Tyres and Soles that we love dogs, so we just had to find out more about this intriguing MTB clothing brand.

We also love to support new and emerging brands and help give them a leg up when it comes to getting them some well deserved exposure. The MTB industry is tough to get ahead in, so we are always keen to try out new products and see where they sit amongst the big brand hierarchy.

Secret Dog Society hail from just over the water, from our nearest and dearest MTB mecca that is, New Zealand. The brand is very new to the scene, six months in fact, so we were very excited to be one of the first to get our hands on the gear (or so we thought, more on that later).

Prepare for funny looks on the trails. Pic:©Jason Lorch

Unique Look

The jersey landed on the Tyres and Soles HQ desk a few days later and thus the package tearing ceremony commenced. The jersey is called the “Obey” and straight off the bat we loved the iconic styling these guys have come up with.

We opted for the long sleeve jersey in red but it comes in a blue, black and purple colour scheme also and in a short sleeve version. As it’s been a little nippy here, the long sleeve turned out to be a good choice.

Head turning styling. Pic:©Jason Lorch

 

They’re watching you from every angle! Pic:©Jason Lorch

The unique styling certainly turned some heads on the trails but always turned into conversations about the brand. “Who are they? Where can I get one?”… Maybe this was the Secret Dog Society marketing strategy all along. Dazzle people with good looks and everything else will fall into place. After all, don’t the good looking people always get ahead in society? Good looks aside, the jersey has impressed us, quite a lot.

Fit

The fit was spot on, for me anyway. I’ve started calling it the Goldilocks fit. Not too baggy, not too tight…just right. The sleeves are 3/4 length with a good sized forearm diameter so when you roll them up, they stay there. Which is good, because I’m not a fan of that street urchin look.

The length is also spot on. I’m 6′ 1″, so length is always a big factor for me when I buy jerseys. It gets annoying when you have to keep pulling a jersey down. Of course, it’s not life or death stuff we’re talking about here, but every little detail helps.  I mean, who wants to see a riders welcome rug or muffin top?

The neck line is also spot on. Again, not too large or so tight that you feel like you’re being strangled.  There’s a bit of a theme going on here isn’t there. Yes, you guessed it Goldilocks.

 

On the trails it turned a few heads. Pic:©Jason Lorch

On The Trails

On the trails the jersey felt really good next to the skin. The material is slightly stretchy, which gives it its great fit and keeps things in place. The 3/4 sleeve length works well for those colder mornings but once rolled up it pretty much acts like a short sleeve jersey.

As the fabric is not overly thick there’s no worries about over-heating, but also on he flip-side there’s enough thickness in the fabric for those colder days. The stitching is well constructed and we’ve had no issues of fraying or any other section of the jersey coming apart.

Taking the dog out for a run. Pic:©Gilbert Romane/Outer Image Collective

We decided to don it at one of the  Rockytrail race events, just to get some reactions, assuming we were going to be the only ones there with a Secret Dog Society jersey. Funnily enough, as it turned out, we weren’t the only ones to have joined the club.

To our surprise, a couple of the brand owner friends also turned up with jerseys. This was met with barking cheers and funny handshakes. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the other riders, we really did look like the new race team on the block, and a bloody good looking team at that.

CONCLUSIONS:

If you’re in the market for a new MTB jersey then you should definitely check this brand out. For such a new brand on the scene, we were very impressed with the quality, fit and the construction of the Obey jersey. But most of all it was the looks that won us over.

If you’re at all like us, and enjoy finding the more bespoke brands out there, and having something a little different to wear on the trails, then head on over to their website and join the Secret Dog Society.

If this is the standard from a brand only six months old, then we have great visions of where these guys will be heading in the future.

Why not stop by and say hello on their Facebook page.

https://www.secretdogsociety.co.nz