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When it comes to gravel, we’re trying to maintain the sleek appearance of a roadie but carry the backcountry essentials like a mountain biker. Whether its a 100-mile race or an all-day adventure with friends, unless you’ve got bags and compartments on your bike, all the food and gear needs to go on you.
As someone who thinks handlebar bags are way to un-aerodynamic for long rides, I tend to overstuff my pockets. So, the Louis Garneau Clutch Jersey with it’s adjustable pocket count seemed like a solid solution. Combined with their Corridge Bibs, you can have a 10-pocket outfit for all the Groads… The Clutch Jersey ($160) comes in light blue and dark blue, so, um, hope you like blue. But it comes in seven sizes, from XS to 3XL. Overall construction and material are standard, with good sleeve length for taller riders. It’s a light, summer-weight jersey that’s very breathable and wicks sweat away quickly. A good start. Clockwise from top left: Unzip the side pockets, swing them around, and zip to the side to create two more pockets! Where it really shines is the pocket count. The two side rear pockets have zippered attachments that allow an outer flap to swing around and zip to the side of the jersey, creating two additional pockets.
Louis Garneau says it’s a five pocket jersey, but each of the flaps has a small additional pocket […]
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