Tribesports Men's Performance Cycling Jersey SS  £29.50

8/10

A couple of minor niggles quashed by amazing quality and fit for the money

Weight 182g   Contact  www.tribesports.com

by Stuart Kerton   April 29, 2014  

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.

Verdict

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?

FEATURES

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.

FIT

Aerofit: Form fitting for effective moisture wicking and aerodynamics

FABRIC

Soft, lightweight 4-way stretch moisture wicking fabric for maximum comfort. (88% Polyester, 12% Spandex).

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:
 
9/10

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.

Overall rating: 8/10

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,

 

6 user comments

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can't go wrong for £30......don't forget Aldi's summer range for budget cycle clothes on sunday 4th may...its gone by monday

excellent for base and compression layers...and throw away mitts

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-4th-may/

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posted by Pinstriper [12 posts]
29th April 2014 - 9:23

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You certainly can't.

Puts me in the mind of this jersey which I have and love.

http://ridebosh.com/mens_clothing/jerseys/Ride_Napoli_Norb_Short_Sleeve_...

Lots of features for the money.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1221 posts]
29th April 2014 - 11:37

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In the Aldi link I didn't get much further past the lady in the triathlon suit..... Devil

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posted by Shamblesuk [74 posts]
29th April 2014 - 12:15

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I bought a Funkier jersey from Chain Reaction last year - incredible value for £27. Looks like they've extended the range http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/s?q=funkier
Certainly competes with the Decathlon end of the market

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posted by dafyddp [143 posts]
29th April 2014 - 12:34

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Shamblesuk wrote:
In the Aldi link I didn't get much further past the lady in the triathlon suit..... Devil

I know what you mean, the scenery is beautiful isnt it Laughing

posted by SB76 [80 posts]
29th April 2014 - 12:38

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Good to see a budget jersey with a tight fit. Usually the budget jerseys are baggy.

posted by Aapje [165 posts]
30th April 2014 - 10:15

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