The new Trier TX short sleeve jersey from Basque clothing company Etxeondo is an evolution of the regular Trier we tested two years ago. The design brief for this new jersey has been to improve the fit so it's far more figure-hugging and at the same time more aero than anything they've developed before.
Etxeondo kit is already reasonably figure-hugging; their sizes definitely lean on the small size compared to some brands. This jersey goes a step further though. They've designed the shape of the panels to ensure the jersey sits very flush with the body, especially around the neck and arms. These are areas where any badly designed jerseys or excess fabric can bunch up, but that's not the case with this jersey.
That is because they've incorporated specially shaped panels and different grades of fabric. The black panels have a lower elasticity, and their task is to keep the jersey taut over the skin and provide the shape to give that skin tight fit. There's only a three-quarter length zip because the area of fabric beneath it provides a better fit around the waist. The back of of the waistband has an elastic middle section designed to prevent the jersey shifting about, keeping it all in place.
Following the trend for long seamless sleeves, the Trier TX jersey has long seamless sleeves. I'm not a fan, principally because they don't match up with my now permanent tan lines, and I personally prefer the look of shorter sleeves. They more be more aero, but any gains are going to be tiny at best. You'll get bigger aero gains simply from keeping your head low and riding in the drops.
The jersey is made from a Meryl microfibre fabric with UV protective qualities. I tested the jersey on a recent trip to Majorca and I can vouch for its wicking and sun protection abilities. Flatlock stitching throughout means no seams to cause irritation. You get three good sized pockets plus a small zippered pocket, large enough for some cash, a credit card and your house keys.
This is an excellent jersey with a superb fit, but the sizing is definitely on the small size so I'd urge you to pay close attention to the sizing chart. The close-fitting nature of the jersey is great if you're not a fan of baggy jerseys, and even loaded pockets don't produce that ghastly saggy jersey look. The fit also produces a jersey that is supremely comfort thanks to the carefully shaped panels working to keep the fabric flush against the body.
You don't see many cyclists wearing Etxeondo kit. It's a shame that more people haven't cottoned on to just how good it is, but that also means you're unlikely to spot anyone wearing the same kit as you when out on a sunny Sunday ride.
Expensive, but jolly nice and superb fit
road.cc test report
Make and model: Etxeondo Trier TX short sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium, fluo yellow
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?
The Trier TX Jersey offers a pared down look, and more aero fit compared to its previous season Trier compatriot. The loss of one stripe makes this no less a jersey; its performance features making it an equal to the Trier. A perfect warm weather Jersey the Trier TX is beautifully fitting and very aerodynamic making it perfect for the sportive rider.
Tailored from Meryl microfibre for UV protective warm ride comfort, the Trier TX sports contoured panels that allows for a flattering, ergonomic look. Longer arms also aid UV protection and make the jersey more comfortable when using arm warmers on chilly starts. Flatlock stitching is evident throughout, 3 open rear pockets with a zippered 4th sit at the rear, whilst a stylish embroidered half-zip up front completes the look.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Elastic flat seams
Embroidered � zipper
3 rear pockets + 1 extra zippered pocket
Elastic band in the back
Made in Spain
Flat-lock stitching throughout and good attention to detail.
If you want a tight aero fitting jersey for fast riding and even racing, this is a top choice. It's not going to be flattering for all shapes and builds though.
The shape of the jersey and the fabric used provides fantastic comfort, it's almost like you're not wearing it at all/.
Well it certainly at the higher end of the price scale, but the fit is really very good and a step above many cheaper jerseys.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Lovely fitting jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit and looks.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The long sleeves; not a fan.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.