Tribesports is a new offering in the bike jersey market, and while I was feeling a little flooded with jerseys and don’t really care for jerseys in general (a shirt will do, folks) I saw that in their lineup Tribesports boasted a long sleeve lightweight jersey, which is something I’ve had trouble finding. Tribesports sent a long sleeve jersey, a short sleeve jersey, and a sports bra for me to try out.
Both jerseys came in grey and yellow, which is great for me because I love grey and I hate looking like someone’s billboard when I’m riding a bike. Wins all around! The short sleeve jersey, while featured with those back pockets that I generally don’t like (get a backpack, get a frame bag, anything but stuffing things into the small of your back like you’re a mutant kangaroo), made up for it by having actual sleeves, not cap sleeves like you find on normal jerseys. These are real sleeves that actually cover part of your arms. Well appreciated in mosquito season and are helpful in keeping sunburn to a minimum. The material is soft and comfortable to ride in.
The long sleeve jersey really shone, in my opinion. It’s made of a slightly denser material, so it’s warmer but still lightweight, and has a close yet generous cut, so you can ride your bike without looking like you dipped yourself in latex. Best of all – no stupid back pockets!!! Well, one back pocket, but it’s a zipper pocket and that’s forgivable. The cut is nice and long so that everything is covered up, and the zipper is generous so you can put the jersey on and off over your bike helmet. “Long sleeve lightweight jersey” just got crossed off my wish list!
The sports bra – or “Women’s Performance Seamless Crop” as it’s actually called (wha?) was a sleeper surprise. At first glance it looked like a normal racerback sports bra, something I’m kinda bored with to tell you the truth. I tried it out, though, and my opinion did a 90 degree turn into love (that’s the first right on the way to meh). Seamless is right; this bra is super comfortable, doesn’t dig in, isn’t too tight across my shoulders, and is nice and soft against skin.
I highly recommend this line of clothing. The price point is reasonable, the styling is nice and understated for people who just want to ride, not advertise for someone else, and the fit is really nice. I went Medium around the board since I don’t like tight cycling clothing, and everything fits great. I usually wear a size 6 US, so I would take that to mean that the line runs a little small. Order a size up and you will be happy.
There are no storefronts for Tribesports; you have to order it all through the web site. You’ll notice on the web site that the models and “ambassadors” are all normal looking women. Athletic, for sure, but normal looking normal looking, not Title-9-catalog-training-obsessed-super-mom-super-everything “normal” looking. I really appreciate that; this is gear for normal active people who possess the super power of having fun to just have fun, not to turn their heads inside out about “training”. The fact that there’s a “yoga” section that basically is just the same clothes as the other sections is kinda funny, again, it’s sitting in a room doing stretches. You don’t need gear for that, a regular shirt will do. So I’ll take the Tribesports yoga section as humorous though it may have not been intended that way.
The entire line looks like a very solid entry point into the price point market and I’m excited to see what they come out with next.