British company Royal Racing is well known in the mountain biking community for producing good quality riding gear aimed at the more casual rider. You might be familiar with the Royal name due to its support by the infamous Steve Peat, who is a part owner in the company and has assisted both with design, testing and race feedback. With apparel for downhill, freeride and trail riding, Royal have a wide range of riding shorts, pants, jackets, jerseys, gloves, socks and many more, all of which come attached with pleasingly reasonable price tags – no Gucci rubbish here!

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Royal Racing is imported and distributed in Australia by Rick Boyer of Lusty Industries in NSW, and Enduro Magazine was recently kitted out with a whole bunch of new season gear that we’ve decided to lay out and give you a look at what we’ve been donning on our latest rides.

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The Esquire is our Primo full feature trail ride short, and comes complete with high performance detachable short liner and perforated performance liner pad. The Esquire’s utilisation of Royal’s Fourway Bioflex Plus 4-way stretch fabric for ultimate manoeuvrability and comfort.

  • FourWay Bioflex Plus 4 Way stretch DWR, sweat wicking fabric
  • Spandex lower back expander panel
  • Hook and loop waist adjusters
  • Additional belt loops
  • Cam lock zippers
  • 2 open hand pockets
  • Secure zipped stash pocket
  • Heat transfer logos
  • Detachable padded pant liner
  • Bar tacked stress points
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • RRP: $143.95

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The Esquire shorts are a lightweight baggy that comes out of the packet with both the outer short and padded internal liner. They might not look particularly exciting in the black/grey colour, but their subtle style means you can wear them with almost any type of jersey without them looking odd.

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The fabric Royal have chosen is nicely lightweight and has a touch of stretch to it. Cinching them up at the waist is a double-studded closure, zipped fly and adjustable waist bands.

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Simply tighten up the straps against your waist and lock ’em down on the velcro panel. Good for ‘fat’ days and ‘skinny’ days.

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That big panel at the back of the shorts is a 4-way stretch fabric that allows the shorts to flex under pedalling. Neat huh?

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The Esquire shorts are supremely lightweight and utilise integrated breathable mesh into the outer short. There are zipped vents on the front of each thigh, but these side panels go a long way to keeping them cool on warm summer days (not that we’ve got any of those at the moment…)

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Multi-level padded chamois hidden within the liner. This can be removed from the short for separate washing, or if you just prefer to wear bibs with baggy shorts.

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The Epic XC Jersey features our Grid Flow 100% moisture wicking fabric. Designed with a relaxed trail shape with vented side and under arm panels to keep you cool when the going gets tough. The Epic XC is a super comfortable, light jersey ready to race, ride or chill on your local trail.

  • Grid flow fabric
  • 1/4 length neck zip
  • Rear zipped pocket
  • Underarm and top back venting
  • Taped for comfort rear neck seam
  • Relaxed trail fit
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Colours: Black (tested) or Electric Blue
  • RRP: $56.95

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The Epic jersey is built for those long days out on the bike that can suddenly change from a quick 1-hour long spin into a full day scoping mission of exploring new singletrack. Like the Esquire shorts, it’s built to be lightweight and breathable.

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Don’t always ride with a Camelbak? If you’re reaching for a bottle instead when you’re heading out the door, a discreet zippered pocket on the back keeps valuables and spares safe, with no risk of them disappearing on the trail when you’re bouncing through a rock garden.

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Lining each side of the jersey all the way from the waist to the underarm and sleeve, Royal utilise an even lighter mesh panel to introduce more cool air to your skin underneath.

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This is a great piece of gear!
It’s so versatile we weren’t sure where to catalogue it, as it’s both a jacket and a shirt! Casual yet technical the cutter shirt is great to ride in with its technical apparel performance but doesn’t look out of place when you just want to chill with your mates. Not only does it have a casual style and fashion forward look but the Cutter features a water resistant DWR coating so it’s going to keep the worst of the weather out if you get caught out in a shower. It’s also very lightweight and packable. Perfect if you’re trail building and riding all in the same day.

  • DWR coated water resistant 100% cotton
  • Custom Royal branded snap buttons
  • Custom draw cord aglets
  • Embroidered Royal and crown logo’s
  • All over sublimated plaid
  • Custom eyelets and suede flag labels
  • Sizes: XS (Black only), S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Colours: Black or Royal Blue (tested)
  • RRP: $112.95

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We fell in love with the Cutter hoody’s styling when we first spied it in the Royal press release, but we’ve grown to appreciate this riding piece for its technical features too. Whilst not a full-blown waterproof, the Cutter uses a DWR coating to shrug off water that would otherwise leave you soggy.

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Adjustable studded sleeves and full-length opening on the front make for a great fit that you can tweak on a ride as you warm up.

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Why Merino? It is just so comfortable and soft – with amazing performance characteristics.
Ever wondered why sheep in NZ look so happy? It’s because we’ve created a massive sponsorship programme for them to wear our Merino socks. Beware merino wool varies greatly in quality. Not all merino sheep produce wool suitable for clothing, and especially for clothing worn next to the skin. This depends on the particular strain of the breed. Ours is the real McCoy! If you find cheap Merino socks or clothing you’ll probably end up disappointed.
We’re confident that these are the best Merino socks on the market.

  • Premium merino wool – natures finest.
  • Full length to encompass ankle and lower calf.
  • Ribbed rise for extra support
  • Re-enforced heel for durability
  • Strategically placed cushioning on ankle bone
  • Incorporated ankle and arch stabilizers
  • Contoured ‘y’ heel for increased comfort
  • Cool mesh zone
  • Flat stitched seamless toe
  • Asymmetrical left foot/right foot padding
  • Flexible mesh foot break for comfort
  • Sharp Royal Crown Logos and font graphics
  • Sizes: SM/MD, L/XL
  • RRP: $19.95

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The Royal Merino socks are beautifully soft and slightly thicker than regular cycling socks, making them ideal for cooler conditions. We’ve got the full-length Crew socks on review, though also available is an anklet-length version.

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This is our dedicated trail riding sock, we chose to design the trail sock with Cool Max Dri-Release, designed to pull perspiration off your skin and help it evaporate. This way, your skin is drier and less likely to chafe, or blister. Dri-Release not only wicks, but also prevents any bacterial growth too.

  • Coolmax Dri release fabric to regulate temperature and evaporate moisture.
  • Seamless toe for increased comfort
  • Cool mesh zone
  • Contoured ‘y’ heel for increased comfort
  • Sharp Royal Crown Logos and font graphics
  • Final Production is Red instead of Blue
  • Sizes: SM/MD, L/XL
  • RRP: $10.95

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Nicely lightweight riding socks from Royal, with a ‘just right’ above-the-ankle length to them.

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Just in case you need help remembering, Royal let you know which foot each sock goes onto. Note the lighter mesh used over the top of the sock to make them breathe better. Darn impressive on an $11 pair of socks!

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Lightweight yet robust the Tybyn is the perfect three season trail riding glove.

  • Four way stretch mesh over back of hand
  • Weightless sublimated graphic
  • Slip on cuff with expander v panel
  • Direct inject logo
  • 0.8mm Rema palm
  • Micro Fibre thumb wipe
  • 2/2 Mesh fourchettes
  • Sticky silicon print finger tip
  • Sizes: XS (black only), S, M, L, XL, XXL (black only)
  • Colours: Black/Graphite, Red/White, Royal Blue/Graphite (tested)
  • RRP: $39.95

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Royal Racing do gloves and they do gloves well. With a huge range, you’d be hard-pressed not to find what you want. The Tybyn may have a weird name, but there’s nothing weird about these when you slip them on, with a superlight construction that sees them more like a second skin than external garment.

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The Signature glove is an ultra lightweight super thin glove, yet it still performs out on the trail. It feels like a ‘second skin’ on your hand, offering maximum bar feel and max airflow. We’re proud to make this our Signature glove.

  • Ultra thin and light 2.2 polyester mesh back of hand
  • Weightless sublimated graphic
  • Low profile slip on Neoprene cuff with expander v panel
  • Micro Direct inject logo
  • 0.5mm digital Clarino palm
  • Micro Fibre thumb wipe
  • 2/2 Mesh fourchettes
  • Sticky silicon print finger tips
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Colours: Black/White (tested)
  • RRP: $49.95

P1050914If you’re a little harder on your gear, the Signature glove comes with a bit more reinforcement than the Tybyn, without sacrificing breathability – these are a superlight pair of gloves!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming issue of Enduro Magazine to see the latest Royal Racing gear on test as we’ll be keeping you updated with ongoing durability. To check out the full range of what’s available in Australia through your local bike store, checkout www.LustyIndustries.com