MAAP Alt_Road Ride LS Tee 3.0 Review
I recently had an opportunity to try a cycling brand I had not yet worn. MAAP is a cycling brand headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. They have been designing and manufacturing cycling wear since 2014. Using responsibly sourced technical fabrics, MAAP has been expanding their footprint into North America for several years now.
Details: The MAAP Alt_Road Ride LS Tee 3.0 long sleeve jersey is targeted for a more casual look and feel. While MAAP describes this as “Alt_Road” apparel, I have also used it as a mountain biking jersey. It is nice “techy” Polartec Power Dry fabric that provides great breathability while also providing sun protection and a bit of warmth during those shoulder season days in the saddle.
The weave of the fabric has a more modern, technical look and feel than standard shirts. Due to the coarser-appearing fabric weave, it doesn’t seem to stick to sweaty skin like some other jerseys. It does come with a scooped (lowered) rear hem for more coverage when you’re leaning forward in the saddle.
The test rides: For this jersey, I tested a black color pattern. It has a gold MAAP logo on the front with some smaller design logos on the back. This jersey was super comfortable on the mountain bike. It was very breathable, protected my skin and allowed me freedom of movement, even while wearing a hydration pack over the jersey.
It is definitely warm enough for a shoulder season or early morning ride. It is also roomy enough that you could wear a form-fitting base layer under it. Alternatively, in cooler weather, a vest or light jacket would work well too. If you’re in the market for a lightweight, breathable long sleeve jersey with really nice Polartec fabric, I’d recommend this jersey. It may become your favorite for casual road bike rides, or mountain/gravel biking.
The Alt_Road Ride LS Tee 3.0 is available in five colors for men in sizes from XS to XXL. For women, they also have five colors available in sizes from XXS to XL. Find it online or at your local bike shop!
Paul grew up in Minnesota where he learned to love the outdoors, riding his bike, fishing and canoeing in the summers and skiing in the winters on Minnesota’s 300 foot-tall “mountains”.
After finishing college, he was commissioned as an officer in the USAF eventually becoming a special operations and reconnaissance instructor navigator flying and serving around the world for twenty-two years.
Living and traveling around the world has given Paul opportunities to explore outdoor passions. He is an advanced scuba diver, a pilot, a sailor and has skied in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.