At just £29.50 Tribesports' short sleeve cycling jersey is certainly priced at the budget end of the marketplace. Get the miles in though and you'll find its only the cost that is entry level.
Tribesports is based around its community, launched back in 2011 as a hub where sportspeople from around the world could motivate, celebrate and offer each other advice. After listening to their member's complain about how much they were paying for their sportswear the apparel side of things was created. Tribesports Performance sells direct from their online store and uses members' feedback for the development.
The cycling range is pretty new and at the moment consists of this short-sleeve jersey and tights in both men and women's ranges.
The jersey itself is made from an 88% polyester, 12% spandex mix which creates a very pliable 4-way stretch material. Tribesports have gone for an aero fit which means it's pretty-figure hugging and not for the body conscious. It feels like a mild compression top giving the muscles a bit of support.
The stitching is flatlock which means no rubbing or chafing when you're in the saddle and the raglan sleeves provide plenty of movement at the shoulder which all together makes for a very comfortable jersey. You get a dropped hem which is elasticated to keep it in place. The jersey is a decent length and the form fit stops any of the material bunching up.
The material itself isn't quite as good at wicking as some of the top end jerseys we've tested but the addition of mesh panels on the underside of the arm and down the sides do make a huge difference to cooling. The zip is 22cm long so you can also drop that to get a bit of air in there as well.
Round the back are three pockets though not in the usual style. Instead, you've got two normal deep ones with a zipped secure pocket on the outside of one of these. This is the one place the material lets itself down a bit. Even a phone or bunch of keys feels heavy and can bounce around when you're turning a decent cadence. Not a major issue but I'd suggest a slightly less stretchy material for the pockets.
Overall the Tribesports is a decent jersey in its own right but when you take the price into consideration it's a very impressive performer. A couple of things like the pockets and the limited wicking could do with tweaking but they both take very little away from the fit, comfort and overall build quality.
A couple of minor niggles quashed by amazing quality and fit for the money
road.cc test report
Make and model: Tribe Sports Men's Performance Cycling Jersey SS
Size tested: Medium, Black/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 jersey was developed alongside feedback from Tribesports members and they have come up with a decent performing cycling top. The cost is kept low by selling direct through their online store.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
22cm front ventilation zip> for temperature control
Silicon rear hem grip to help keep jersey in place
2 rear cargo pockets for easy access to riding essentials
Secure zip lock pocket for valuables.
Ergonomic flatlock seams give a performance enhancing, anti-chafe finish.
Raglan sleeves for comfort and freedom of movement.
Zoned-ventilation panels for increased airflow and rapid cooling in your core workout heat zones.
360 degree reflectivity for enhanced visibility in low-light.
Aegis antibacterial treatment creates a protective shield, providing active freshness.
Aerofit: Form fitting for effective moisture wicking and aerodynamics
Soft, lightweight 4-way stretch moisture wicking fabric for maximum comfort. (88% Polyester, 12% Spandex).
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
As far as thirty quid jerseys go it works really well. Its a nice cut with a good quality material.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The aero fit is very supportive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The saggy pockets.
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: 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,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.