BTwin SS Jersey 320  £14.99

7/10

Simple, effective and certainly won't break the bank

Weight 150g   Contact  www.decathlon.co.uk

by Caven O'Hara   May 23, 2014  

Summer is just around the corner and some days it's already warm enough to wear just a short-sleeved jersey. The B'Twin Jersey 320 is a good option for those who want a classic, simple jersey that doesn't cost a fortune.

This short sleeve top from the house brand of French sports store chain Decathlon has all you need: simple styling; rear pockets; and a high collar. Oh and it costs just £14.99. Decent features for a jersey that costs less than a pair of most brands' mitts.

Admittedly the name doesn't roll off the tongue, but for a penny under £15 what's there to complain about? The jersey is made from 100% polyester which won't be ideal on longer, warm summer rides but for shorter spins it'll be fine. If you're looking for a jersey for commuting, then this could be it.

The 320 is predominantly black with a white band across the chest, on the collar and on the sleeve hem. There's also an option of white with a blue band. I rode the black version, but as you can see most of our pics are of the white/blue. A reviewer on Decathlon's website comments that the black version makes you look like a priest if you zip it up, so if you want to hear about other people's sins, that's the colour scheme to choose.

It's a basic design but for the price you wouldn't expect too much. The fit is relaxed rather than race tapered so offers room. There is half zip that allows for some ventilation, although it copes well with temperatures into the mid teens without making you feel too hot. Worn with a base layer the 320 has proven to be a more than adequate outer layer. At the bottom on the front you get a small B'Twin logo.

Another reason the 320 might not prove suitable for epic rides is there are only two rear pockets. Most jerseys have three, and sometimes that's only be just enough to stow all you may need. The pockets are on the outer sides and topped off with a white trim which gives a neat contrast on the rear of the jersey. They are deep enough to carry whatever you need without fear that it will fall out. To keep the jersey from riding up it is fitted with a gripper.

If you're in the market for a no nonsense jersey that doesn't break the bank, the 320 is it. It does the basics well and looks stylish enough to persuade people you paid more for it.

Verdict

Simple, effective and certainly won't break the bank

road.cc test report

Make and model: BTwin SS Jersey 320

Size tested: Medium, Black/White

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?

A jersey that is both simple and effective. It offers a very cost effective way to look good on the bike.

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

The jersey is 100% polyester which on hot summer days probably won't stand the test of a long ride. You may well find yourself sitting on your own if it's very hot. However for short rides or commutes, perhaps worn with a base layer then the B'Twin could offer a very plausible solution.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

For £15 the quality isn't bad at all. What would you realistically expect for this price? There aren't many alternatives. The seams are unobtrusive and the jersey fits well.

Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Without the scorching summer temperatures to test in, the B'Twin SS jersey has proven to be a capable performer. On days when worn with a base layer and jacket because the heavens have opened it hasn't coped well with too much moisture. This leads me to worry how it would cope next to the skin as the only layer in hotter conditions. That and the fact it only has two rear pockets would be another possible problem for some.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

The polyester has held up well, there are no concerns over seams or the zip.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

The jersey isn't heavy and wears well.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Again the jersey is easy to wear, no itching or scratching. It doesn't restrict movement and the gripper is effective at keeping everything in place.

Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

At £14.99 you can't go wrong.

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

Perhaps the B'Twin is one of those jerseys that is worn as part of a layering system. On its own it struggles to cope with too much moisture and even though it is comfortable, on a long, hot day it would feel wet and potentially irritating.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Looks good, functional and great value.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I suppose quibbling about the choice of material given the price is a bit harsh but the B'Twin does have a place.

Did you enjoy using the product? On the whole yes.

Would you consider buying the product? As a commuter jersey, very much.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Price wise you will struggle to match the value for money you get with the B'Twin. Performance isn't too shabby either but you will have to be a bit choosy in what you use it for. Don't expect supreme comfort on hot days but otherwise, not bad at all.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 45  Height: 178cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three  My best bike is: As above

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT

 

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Am I the only one completely fed up with BTwin being almost every other product being reviewed? What's the fascination with this brand and why are they getting so much exposure?

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posted by Shamblesuk [77 posts]
23rd May 2014 - 18:53

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Shamblesuk wrote:
Am I the only one completely fed up with BTwin being almost every other product being reviewed? What's the fascination with this brand and why are they getting so much exposure?

or, to put it another way (ie, the correct way), 6 out of the last 50 products. if i'm counting right.

they sent us a bunch of stuff to test. so we're testing it. we'll do that. other brands take note.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
23rd May 2014 - 19:17

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Yep, I don't mind the B'Twin reviews, in fact I've just bought the white/blue version of this top.

Not all of us are blessed with deep pockets and/or a lack of financial commitments which mean we can spend a fortune on our cycling gear, so I'm glad of the reviews of kit at the more affordable end of the scale.

As Dave said, if only other brands would follow suit in offering their products up for test.

posted by parksey [215 posts]
23rd May 2014 - 19:45

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As it's becoming increasingly important to consumers in other clothing markets, how about including some information about where an item is made and anything you can find out about sustainability and ethical manufacture?

I do have worries about a garment that costs this little (similarly for the Aldi and Lidl 'bargains') although this could also apply to the more expensive brands if not manufactured outside of the EU.

Country of manufacture would be an easy thing to include (for all reviews) and there are sites with assessments of the ethical side that you could use (with a subscription).

Everyone loves a bargain but the cost can sometimes be different to the price.

posted by Pauldmorgan [173 posts]
23rd May 2014 - 20:08

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I buy the cheap stuff for day-to-day commuting, Aldi is not bad. But it's nice to have some flash stuff for Sundays. Big Grin

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [208 posts]
24th May 2014 - 20:40

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