Merino-centric brand Mons Royale is widely known among the skiing community, but has now branched into the mountain biking world with some super stylish and technical mountain bike jerseys. The firm has limited availability outside its New Zealand homeland, but ships worldwide.
Mons Royale was started by former pro skier Hamish Acland in 2009. The Kiwi craved a technical garment that could be worn as a base layer all day, then be suitable for heading straight to the bar in for apres drinks. At that point, there were plenty of great technical garments on the market but they were all too often lacking in the style department.
Following an injury, Acland set out on his mission to create technical merino base layers that didn’t look like something pulled out of your grandmother’s closet. After plenty of success in the winter sports market – including outfitting the New Zealand Winter Olympic team with ‘wooly underwear’ – Mons has moved onto the challenge of creating stylish merino wool mountain bike jerseys. So how do they stack up?
The Mons Royale Raglan T is good looking, no doubt about it
Made from a 95% merino and 5% elastane blend, the Mons jersey fabric is super soft, and uber comfy. In fact, in this tester’s experience, the three-quarter sleeved Riders Raglan T always seems to find its way to the top of the drawer, often going through the laundry before some of its poly cousins see daylight.
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