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Verdict: 
Fun spoof with impressive enough performance to not be classed as a joke
Weight: 
235g
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www.vo2sportswear.com
VO2 Sportswear Team Pie Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey
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A bit out of shape to join Team Sky? Custom clothing manufacturer VO2 could have just the kit for you with their Team Pie strip.

Loaded with satire towards the love 'em or hate 'em top flight pro team, the Team Pie long sleeve jersey mimics the colourways of the Rapha kit with tweaks to the branding. Piearello riders for once will have a top to wear with their logo on it.

Underneath all the jest though is a serious bit of kit, made from the same material used in the rest of their custom kit range. The fabric is exclusive to VO2 who say it has superior comfort and moisture management for wicking sweat away from the skin. The material is very thin, thinner than I've ever known a long sleeve jersey, but it is surprisingly warm even on days when the temperatures are hanging around single figures.

Push the effort and you don't seem to get overly hot in it though. Any heat that does build up quickly dissipates and the fabric is dry again within minutes.

You get a dropped tail that's long enough for a proper racing tuck. It also stays in place thanks to the pressure from the elasticated hem. Up above that are three pockets that will take pretty much all you'll need for a training ride. They are a good depth and things like a mini pump will stay put even when you're crouched right over.

The full-length YKK zip makes controlling your temperature easy and didn't snag or stick over the test period. This ends at a decent height neck that'll stop the drafts without digging into your throat.

On the whole it's a well made jersey with tidy stitching and so far it's certainly shrugging off any scuffs or daily wear and tear.

Sizing covers a broader range than most going from XS to 4XL and the cut is rather relaxed. I'm a medium in most brands but a switch to small would have fit me slightly snugger.

Overall the Team Pie range of kit is about having a bit of fun but VO2 haven't scrimped on the quality or performance because of that. It's good quality and as part of a layering system will easily get you through three seasons of the year.

First impressions were that it was overpriced going on how thin the material was. I didn't think it would be warm enough or strong enough but it's proven me wrong on both counts.

Verdict

Fun take on the world of cycling but with impressive enough performance to not be classed as a joke.

road.cc test report

Make and model: VO2 Sportswear Team Pie Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Size tested: Medium, Black/Blue

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Custom club kit aimed at people who don't want to take things to seriously but that's not to say the kit isn't a top performer.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Exclusive VO2 moisture management fabric for superior comfort and wicking sweat away from the skin

100% permanent UV protection yarn

Three rear pockets

Separate side panels

No annoying label tags at the neck

Elasticated Rear Waste-line to stop the jersey riding up

YKK zipper

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Good, its a lot warmer and harder wearing than I expected.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The humour.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The sizing is a bit generous.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course!  My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

With a background in engineering dabbling as a CNC programmer/machinist, draughtsman and product development engineer how a bike is made is just as important to Stu as how it rides.

He knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and has been chucking bikes around the west country ever since and the only reason he climbs is so that he can descend like a nutter down the other side. After years as a competitive time triallist Stu is on the lookout for a new form of competition after realising that the choice of a few glasses of wine in the evening versus riding up and down dual carriageways at 5am was becoming very one sided.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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Its my favourite jersey at the moment. Had it for over a year and can't fault it

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Sudor [184 posts] 1 year ago
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Belongs on the backs of proud Wigan folk ( and Hon Wiganer Wiggins) not you pate munching southern softies mind  4

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euanlindsay [80 posts] 1 year ago
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Does it come with a disclaimer that neither Team Pie or vo2 consider this plagiarism but parody?

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 1 year ago
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I've got one of their running shirts, been through the wash loads of times and still like new, good quality stuff and always gets a smile down the gym.

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James Warrener [1080 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks good.

Anyone know who is making new road.cc jersey ?

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Simon E [2541 posts] 1 year ago
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They have sizes up to a Mamil-friendly 4XL, which I guess you should do with a team name like this.

Design is a bit too similar to genuine Sky jersey for me but fair play to them.

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fatbeggaronabike [758 posts] 1 year ago
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Pity they don't offer to print your name on the side panels like a certain team do.  4

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mrchrispy [434 posts] 1 year ago
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bit of tipex and jobs done!

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Leviathan [1784 posts] 1 year ago
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This is a parody shirt and it still costs 60quid. We have all heard the debate about Rapha prices, but when is the parody shirt of this coming out?

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 1 year ago
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Horrible. Sorry but that is my view  31