Something that resonates with me about ORNOT gear is that you can wear it on the bike, or not.
Although I am fond of long sleeves for summer riding, the question of how cool the jersey would be, how comfortable is it over time, and how stealth is it when not out riding. The Ornot UV Trail shirt covers all my major qualms at a very approachable price point. At $78 the UV trail shirt continues to be extremely breathable and comfortable as the temps get over 100° and the ride clips past its 4th hour.
A lot of jerseys tend to pass the test of comfort on long rides as they are made to be worn on a bike. The fit of the UV trail shirt is slightly looser than most jerseys which is more comfortable in my mind for long days in the saddle. The open cuffs at first were something I wasn’t sold on, but after many miles the freedom of the cuff and overall cut of the jersey prevents it from tugging on you while you ride.
This works together with the fabric in keeping you cool. Letting air flow around the body and through the material it helps absorb sweat and dry quickly. The greater takeaway from the fabric is the UPF30 rating. A deciding factor of short versus long sleeves is often for skin protection. Whether that be from the sun or from bramble, protecting your arms is a great way to ride longer and more comfortably. The UPF30 rating isn’t just a marketing gimmick, it has been trail tested and passed. Hours of riding in direct sunlight, the shirt allowed me to only apply sunscreen to my neck, face and ears.
Revisiting the questions of looks on and off the bike, the UV Trail shirt can be worn hiking, running, climbing, or even going down to the farmers market on Saturdays. Where most jerseys tend to pass as a functional garment for cycling, large logos and prints tend to look out of place in different environments. Now I’m sure most of this is rooted in some vain idea of image, but the plain aesthetic and lack of logos allow the UV Trail shirt to be more adaptable for everyday activities more stealthly.
Overall, the ORNOT UV Trail shirt is a great addition to your riding kit for those looking for UV protection and a lightweight, breathable long sleeve jersey to ride in. For $78 it is a quality tech shirt made in the USA, that easily would see prices twice as much from competing brands. If you’re looking for a new jersey, the UV Trail shirt would make a great addition to your kit, ORNOT.
Be sure to check out some of the other ORNOT offerings we have reviewed.
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