Jett Hornet Jersey and Shorts Review

by Brian Mullin on August 27, 2012

I
have been wearing the Jett Hornet jersey and shorts for several months,
and I found them to be comfortable and durable, and they’re highly
functional for all sorts of trail riding. The loose and baggy cut and
design, means they are comfortable for riding, hanging out on the trail
or around town. The Fort Collins Colorado based company makes some great
gear, covering the gamut of mountain biking apparel, including
t-shirts, gloves, jerseys, and shorts.

Jett Hornet Jersey
The Hornet is a 3/4 length sleeved jersey that is comprised of a
lightweight performance polyester chassis, custom pattern for optimum
fit, sublimated no fade graphics, MP3 pockets, anti-microbial material,
and sublimated Lycra neck taping.
The Hornet Jersey is a great
product that is comfortable and simple, with few unnecessary adornments,
other than two small side pockets. Its cut loose and baggy and long,
which offers excellent comfort and maneuverability, and the 3/4 sleeves
give good sun protection and work well with armor. Depending on whether
you were wearing soft or hard armor, you can adjust how far you pull the
sleeves down over the armor. The 3/4 style also offers some light
protection to your elbows and forearms, which helps when getting whacked
by trees and bushes along the trail.  It’s a pull on jersey, without
any zippers, and although I would have liked a full  length front zipper
for ventilation and functionality, the lack of one keeps the price down
and the durability up. The jersey was very comfortable, and I really
liked the open collar, as it was never binding or  bothersome, and it
just felt right. The jersey has been very durable, and hasn’t shown any
signs of wear in the full time usage over the multiple months it was
abused, and the typical wear spots by the  shoulders from a hydration
pack were minimal. The small side pockets worked well for car keys,
tools or a munchies and although the pockets have a small media port
hole, I never used it in that manner. I would have liked a small optical
wipe pad stitched on the inside front, but that’s a minor gripe.  The
material is comfortable against the skin, and it wicks and breathes
well, though not as much as more open weave designs. The material has
just the right amount of thickness and weave pattern to offer great sun
protection and durability and wickability, albeit with a slight drop in
breathability, and all those characteristics make for a synergistic
package that functions well.

Final Thoughts
I really like this jersey, and it
often tends to be the one I grab when I am going out for a ride. It’s
very comfortable, offers great sun protection, and the 3/4 sleeve design
works well with armor and offers some mild protection for the elbows
and forearms.

Pros

  • Great wicking properties
  • Great sun protection
  • Durable
  • Loose and relaxed fit
  • 3/4 sleeves work great with armor and offer minor protection
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Two small side pockets

Cons

  • No front zipper
  • No optic wipe

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 

Hornet Jersey Specs:

  • Material – 100% performance polyester chassis is antimicrobial with maximum moisture management
  • Pockets – Side Seam Media Pocket with Internal Cord Opening
  • Vents – Mesh Insert V-Neck collar for Increased Cooling
  • Size – Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
  • Colors – Blue/Black, Brown Plaid, Red/Black
  • Miscellaneous
    – Sublimated Performance Graphics are Non-fading and Breathable, Custom
    Jersey Pattern Provides Lightweight, Performance Driven Fit
  • MSRP: $60.00

Jett Hornet Shorts
The shorts are comprised of a Ripstop polyester body for durability and
a rear stretch spandex yoke for comfort and fit. It has two hand
pockets, two cargo pockets and two phone/media pockets; the latter two
are secured by Velcro closures. It comes with a removable perforated
polyester 3 dimensional seamless chamois, which hangs internally from
two loops.

The shorts have a loose and baggy fit without being
overtly sloppy, and they have a decent knee length cut. The material is
tough and durable, but has enough breathability to ventilate nicely.
They are quite comfortable, and the design and pattern seem to hug the
body, greatly helped by the rear stretch panel. The shorts fit well if
the proper size is ordered, and although they don’t have an internal
adjustability system, you can wear a lightweight belt for minor
trimming. The front closure uses two robust snaps, and it has a well
made zipper with an excellent slider. The entire waist band uses a soft
satin like material, which helps the shorts easily move around. The
lower hem and the inside of the lower thigh use satin so that the shorts
easily slide on the legs, armor, and the inner chamois, and it’s very
noticeable while spinning.

They have a plethora of pockets (6
total), including hand, cargo and media ones. The cargo pocket has a
snap and Velcro closure, and offers plenty of security for items. On top
of the cargo pocket is a fleece lined media/phone pocket, which is
secured by another Velcro closure, and since its part of the cargo
system, it gets two sets of closures. The location of those pockets on
the side middle thigh works perfectly, as they don’t interfere with
pedaling, bouncing down a trial and maneuvering around on the bike. 
Inside the left cargo pocket is a small optical wipe, which is handy to
clean sunglasses or camera lenses.

The chamois liner hangs from
the shorts using a strap with a snap closure, and it’s a nice system
that is robust and easy to use. The excellent inner chamois is very
comfortable and well padded, and the mesh material is stretchy, breathable
and wickable. I liked the short hem, which offered additional
comfort, and gave the short’s satin hem something to slide along.

Final Thoughts
The Hornets are an excellent of shorts, that are durable, comfortable,
with a decently long cut, and a baggy fit that’s just right. The rear
stretch panel, excellent chamois liner and properly located sections of
silky smooth satin make for a set of shorts that is highly maneuverable
while pedaling or jamming along the trail. The pocket system works
extremely well, with good secure closures and proper locations for
minimal hindrance.

Pros

  • Tough and durable
  • Comfortable
  • Pockets galore
  • Optical wipe
  • Excellent lower pocket system – Two pockets w/ individual Velcro closure
  • Excellent chamois liner
  • Satin on lower inner thigh and hem

Cons

  • No size adjustability

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Hornet Shorts Specs:

  • MSRP: $125
  • Sizes:  28, 30, 32, 34, 36 or 38″ waist.
  • Colors – Black, Brown Plaid,Gray Pinstripe
  • Ribbed spandex stretch yoke increases rider mobility and secures fit
  • Ripstop polyester chassis provides maximum durability without sacrificing comfort
  • Two-fleece lined cell phone/camera pockets for safe and secure storage
  • Cargo pockets with mesh internal opening for ride critical items
  • Seamless quad panel creates maximum movement and minimal chafing
  • Removable perforated polyester 3 dimensional seamless chamois for maximum comfort

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