Machines offers their jerseys in a huge range of sizes, from XXS to XXXL. I originally tried the short sleeve jersey in XXS, the same as my long sleeve jerseys. While it was generally nicely snug and compressive, it was a bit too tight and uncomfortable around my neck. I sent it back and re-ordered the size XS, which worked better for me. As you can see, it still fits appropriately snug. Based on my experience, if you are between sizes you may prefer the larger of your two sizes because of the neck. Although the fit is compressive and snug, the fabric also stretches comfortably and moves with you through the body.
The jersey fits longer in the back to prevent bunching along the front. In the XS, the fit is definitely petite-friendly. Taller riders may find it slightly short through the torso in smaller sizes. There is a silicone strip on the rear inner hem to help keep it in place. While it shifts an inch or so, it doesn’t ride up on me.
One key difference between Machines’ short and long sleeve jerseys is the fabric. The short sleeve jersey is a much more substantial and has a light texture. Although it’s sturdier, it’s still not too thick for hot days. If you look closely, you can see the faint checkered texture, which gives it a compressive feel. Like the long sleeve jersey, this fabric offers UPF protection so you don’t need to worry about sunscreen under your jersey. The jersey also features contrasting mesh panels at the underarm for venting.
Like Machines’ summerweight jersey, this one features 3 rear bottle pockets plus 1 secure zip pocket. If you opt for the XXS, you’ll only get 2 bottle pockets. The jersey also features mesh vents at the underarms in an accent color to complement the print.
In terms of performance, I’ve been really happy wearing these out on my rides and own several different prints. They have all held up very well to the challenge of my mountain bike rides and repeated washings.
Overall, I love this jersey as a staple of my mountain biking wardrobe and would recommend it for other cyclist gals. At $178, it’s far from the cheapest jersey on the market, but I’ve been very pleased with the quality. Plus, I really like Machines’ brand and am happy to support them. Machines is always releasing gorgeous new print options in their jerseys to suit a range of personal styles. You can find all their current prints in the endurance jersey on their website (best selection) or Backcountry.
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