Review – Solo Classique Cycling Jersey
I recently got my hands on a Solo cycle jersey for review. Solo Cycle Clothing (“race-bred cyclewear) is based in New Zealand and only entered the USA market recently. I don’t typically get excited about sport cycle wear but the classic styles made by Solo grabbed my attention.
Their retro (“classique”) jerseys made in a style reminiscent of what you might see between 1950-1970. Each is made with Nuovotech polyester which they claim provides superb moisture-wicking. It also allows them to use colors (screen printed) and such in a way not possible with wool. They utilize an 8″ front zip with a nice sized (large) zipper pull, which makes using it a snap, or rather a zip. You’ll find four rear pockets, and an elastic waistband and knitted arm and neck bands. Even the stitching is strong.
I’m 5’11″ and weigh in a about 180. I usually wear a large and Solo seem to be sized slightly snug, so if you wear a medium you might consider a large, etc. I was struck by the quality of construction, the knit collar and sleeves were a nice touch. The elastic band along the bottom hem helped keep it from rolling up on itself. And there is plenty of pockets to hold most anything. I also really liked the styling, if I’m going to wear a sport jersey I’d rather wear one that calls to the glory days of cycling versus the modern carbon-fiber age. Color me old fashioned, or savvy, whatever you wish.
There will be those who debate the wisdom of not having a full length zip, and in the brutal Texas summers that could be an issue for the folks who want to unzip their jersey the whole way. And there’s the whole wool versus synthetic materials argument as well. That gets down to personal taste. Fortunately blistering hot summers only last a few months in North Texas.
Solo also offers bib shorts, vests (“gilets”), and I highly recommend you checking out their Urban Cyclewear line where you’ll find every day shorts (knicker style), shirts and a very cool black denim trench jacket that I have my eye on. Solo is not cheap, but quality seldom is and based on the jersey I’ve been wearing the Solo line will find good acceptance from consumers who value quality construction in a classic style.
Thanks to Dave Patterson for helping with this review!