Muc-Off’s new technical riders kit is definitely on-brand featuring black throughout with a dash of fluoro pink as highlights and at first glance, the jacket and shorts feel light weight, meaning you’ll be layering up underneath the jacket to keep the heat in.
Testing through the summer months meant that the jacket and shorts didn’t need to stand up to much liquid sunshine but any water coming from the trail was certainly dealt with thanks to the DWR coating and waterproofing. It’s worth pointing out that Muc-Off don’t state the rating of the waterproofing and breathability of their proprietary material, but it can certainly handle anything from a light shower to the rain dancing off the tarmac.
Water repellency was excellent from new, lasting weeks and beading consistently. After 5 months of spring and summer use, is still as effective as could be asked of in daily usage. The jacket also provides pretty effective coverage from the wind, with a high collar being very useful in chillier winds and hood cord proving to work well in high winds on a gusty Munro.
Zipped Venting is easy to grab mid ride, whilst being very effective. Breathability is as good as most other waterproof top layer. The jacket also packs down small, and the neon pink detailing combined with the aids visibility very well.
The only thing you’d need to be wary of is the sizing. The XSmall shorts fitted me like a glove, and the hip adjusters meant that I could easily fine tune the fit. The Small jacket felt like a roomy medium, however, with a long sleeve and overhanging cuff that seemed excessive on a small. I’m not sure the XSmall jacket would fit as well as the shorts, and if it did, would make the difference in sizing of the jacket a little stranger.
What do we think?
Muc-Off have come out of the gate with a solid effort that’s well-priced and loaded with features that are proof in the real world. The shorts became a daily companion on any length of ride, but sadly the jacket sizing meant that it was relegated down the list below jackets that were a better representation of the size on the label.
Lightweight weather protection
Could do better:
Range sizing isn’t consistent
Check out the full Muc-Off Technical Riders wear on their website here.