Testing the ORIGINmtb in Canada
With the ORIGINmtb pattern finalised and the first big consignment of material delivered, it was time to test the jerseys on foreign terrain. Where better to start than the many trails of the Canadian Rockies?
During preparations for the trip, David and I chose a selection of jerseys. I went for the tailored fit in the short sleeve and mid sleeve configurations, and David went for the relaxed fit version of the same. With these jerseys in hand, I caught a flight to Vancouver to meet up for our 9 day trail riding epic.
The Canadian Rockies are exceptionally well set up for mountain biking and our first challenge was choosing where to ride. After a night sofa surfing in David’s flat in Whistler, renowned for its world leading bike park, we headed up the road to Pemberton for our first ride; with 183 trails listed on Trailforks we were spoilt for choice!
Over the course of the trip we rode at: Salmon Arm, Revelstoke (twice), Banff, Canmore, Kamloops and Squamish. 5500 meters of climbing and 175 km of riding later I needed a rest day! Awesome is an overused word these days, but it truly describes the trip as each set of trails contained different challenges and the scenery was both amazing and huge.
By unanimous verdict Revelstoke was our favourite spot on the trip. On our way East we took the gondola up the first part of Mount Mackenzie and climbed another 600m to the top of Fifty Six Twenty. With a descent of 1727m it is currently the longest downhill flow trail in the world, and it is very well built, by the time we reached the bottom we both had big smiles and aching arms. On our return from Alberta we stopped at Revelstoke again to ride Frisby Ridge and Frisby Vistas. With a climb of 1150m and a distance ridden of 38 km it was a big day out into a very remote and stunningly beautiful area. David, stoked from such a great ride, added in UFC, with an extra 250m of descent, while I drove our car down to meet him. He beat me down by a large margin.
Throughout, the ORIGINmtb jerseys where more than up to task. The softness of the material and the bespoke fit resulted in no chafing despite continuous use, and the material’s wicking properties easily handled the sweating of repeated climbs, keeping us cool. When it rained the jerseys were warm when damp and dried quickly when the sun came out. Despite our 9 days on the road, the antibacterial properties of the jerseys worked wonders in minimising any odours. For David a huge benefit of the personalized fit was that there is much less spare material to get caught on his bike when riding the big jumps in Kamloops.
The trip opened our eyes to how much more there is to ride in British Colombia and we have already started planning round 2!