TRACK X WOMEN’S CLOTH­ING

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - WORDS: ANNA BECK PHOTOS: TIM BARD­S­LEY-SMITH

Track X are a cy­cling at­tire com­pany founded in 2008 when down­hill afi­cionado By­ron Wal­lis be­came frus­trated with rid­ers at races re­sort­ing to wear­ing mo­tor­cross gear, of­ten from com­pa­nies that had no in­ter­est in sup­port­ing moun­tain bik­ing or de­vel­op­ing spe­cific moun­tain bik­ing at­tire. The goal of Track X was to pro­duce awesome moun­tain bike cloth­ing, but also to give back to the com­mu­nity and Wal­lis has been ac­tive in his home state of Tas­ma­nia, putting on build day bar­bies, spon­sor­ing down­hill races and de­vel­op­ing a lo­cal am­bas­sador pro­gram. With the boom of en­duro and emer­gence of trail rid­ing as a strong dis­ci­pline within the sport of moun­tain bik­ing, Wal­lis states that the prod­uct has shifted slightly from pure down­hill at­tire to more grav­ity and all-moun­tain styled gear; loose fit, baggy styled kit, that doesn’t stray too far from their down­hill roots but adopts some of the styling seen in grav­ity rac­ing (slightly less baggy shorts, slightly firmer jer­seys to wear with­out ar­mour). Track X has some pres­ence in re­tail­ers in Tas­ma­nia and while they’re look­ing to ex­pand their dis­tri­bu­tion to main­land Aus­tralia, much of their busi­ness is con­ducted on­line at their web­site ( trackx.com.au). Most of Track X’s gear is made over­seas, but Wal­lis states he uses Aus­tralian com­pa­nies for em­bel­lish­ments and screen print­ing wher­ever possible. We were sent the women’s tiled jersey in teal, which re­tails at $70, and fea­tures the pop­u­lar 3/4 sleeve. It’s made of 100% quick-dry polyester which claims to be per­for­mance wick­ing in warmer weather cli­mates. It’s not a cross coun­try jersey so there is not an abun­dance of pock­ets, but there is a dis­creet hid­den zipped pocket for fer­ret­ing away a car key or de­li­cious trail snack. The tiled jersey is avail­able in sizes small to ex­tra large. First im­pres­sions were good - the ma­te­rial is lightweight and the tiled de­sign quite ap­peal­ing. The ma­jor­ity of the jersey is a flat­ter­ing navy blue colour; with teal, aqua and or­ange sub­li­mated tiled graphic high­lights. I’m pretty im­pressed with any cy­cling com­pany that steers the ship away from fuschia, ma­genta, rose, salmon, ma­genta or mauve - or any other vari­a­tion of pink - so was de­lighted to un­wrap a stylish women’s jersey in a dif­fer­ent hue. The fit ran slightly small; I’m con­sis­tently a size 8-10 at 168cm tall and 58kg, and while the fit was ac­cept­able, the small was more snug than I am used to in this style of jersey. If you’re in be­tween sizes or pre­fer a larger fit I would rec­om­mend siz­ing up, which is also what is spec­i­fied on the web­site. De­spite that, I didn’t feel in­hib­ited by the siz­ing. The cut’s flat­ter­ing and the longer sleeves would be wel­comed in cooler weather for pro­tec­tion from the sun and un­planned dirt-eat­ing events. We also tested the En­duro/Trail Shorts MKII Women’s in black, which is the only colour­way avail­able for this prod­uct. The shorts are on trend in terms of length, com­ing in just be­low the knee mak­ing them knee pad com­pat­i­ble for the su­per-rad amongst us. Com­pa­ra­ble in siz­ing and cut to the pop­u­lar DHaRCO shorts, they also run slightly on the firm side and are avail­able in small, medium and large. The small was right on the mark for me. The four-way stretch fab­ric is much lighter weight than many other op­tions on the mar­ket, mak­ing them more ap­pro­pri­ate for any­one swel­ter­ing on main­land Aus­tralia. The shorts do not in­clude a liner, so it’s BYO bibs or liner shorts with these guys, and while they do fea­ture two side pock­ets and a zipped key pocket they’re def­i­nitely not large enough for any­thing sub­stan­tial - so spares would need to go on the bike or in a pack. All in all the Track X kit is aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing, lightweight and func­tional gear for the shred­der that also dis­likes ma­genta and it’s large ar­ray of pink-tinged cousins!

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