Pactimo Summit Speed Jersey  £80.00

8/10

Good value for money technical jersey with a superb aerodynamic fit

Weight 198g   Contact  www.pactimo.com

by Stuart Kerton   May 24, 2014  

The Summit line is Pactimo's top end range and the Speed jersey utilises technical fabrics to combine comfort and aerodynamics.

Pactimo are based in Colorado and predominately concentrate on custom kit orders manufactured in their own Chinese factory but if you want something off the shelf though they do offer some pretty cool looking retail clothing.

They use a mixture of fabrics in the manufacture of the Speed jersey with each one positioned where its properties will benefit the most.

The shoulders and sleeves are made from Powergrid, polyester with a high 30% spandex content which means a tight contoured fit for aerodynamics. Crouched on the drops other than your head the shoulders are the first thing to cut through the wind so you don't want material flapping around here.

The main body goes for a race fit to, though not quite as extreme as the shoulders. The Matrix HC is Pactimo's own fabric and is designed to be stretchy in pretty much all directions. The beauty of it is that it stays close to the body regardless of your ride position so you don't get any irritating bunching of material around your stomach or chest. Thankfully though its not so tight that you feel like you've got a corset on.

The rear uses a much lighter fabric designed to remThe Summit line is Pactimo's top end range and the Speed jersey uses technical fabrics to combine comfort and aerodynamics.

Pactimo are based in Colorado and predominately concentrate on custom kit orders manufactured in their own Chinese factory but if you want something off the shelf though they do offer some pretty cool looking retail clothing.

They use a mixture of fabrics in the manufacture of the Speed jersey with each one positioned where its properties will benefit the most.

The shoulders and sleeves are made from Powergrid, a polyester with a high 30% Lycra content which means a tight contoured fit for aerodynamics. Crouched on the drops other than your head the shoulders are the first thing to cut through the wind so you don't want material flapping around here.

The main body goes for a race fit too, though not quite as extreme as the shoulders. The Matrix HC is Pactimo's own fabric and is designed to be stretchy in pretty much all directions. The beauty of it is that it stays close to the body regardless of your riding position so you don't get any irritating bunching of material around your stomach or chest. Thankfully though its not so tight that you feel like you've got a corset on.

The rear uses a much lighter fabric designed to remove heat and with the adding of carbon material it is reckoned to reduce heat and odours. The Speed doesn't seem to be an overly warm jersey so the material is obviously doing its job.

The overall fit is very good, It's contoured without being too extreme and thanks to the shoulder and sleeve material it's nice and supportive too. The dropped tail and short front panels give good coverage when in the saddle and they stay put thanks to a silicone waist gripper.

Pactimo say that the rear three pockets are smaller than standard which I'm guessing is for increased aerodynamics but I can't say I really noticed. I could still carry my usual tube, pump etc on each ride. There is an added internal pocket which looks water resistant and more secure for valuables due to closure flap. You'll also find a slot for a race radio/mp3 headphone cable.

The build quality is impressive with neat finishing and tidy stitching. Going by the three-year-old, Pactimo-made road.cc jersey in my wardrobe longevity isn't going to be an issue.

In use the Speed jersey is lovely and comfortable thanks to each panel doing its job without you really noticing it and in my eyes any item of clothing that you pay no attention to when riding is a good item. It's well priced to at £80 which isn't too over the top when compared to the opposition especially when you take the quality into account.ove heat and with the adding of carbon material it is reckoned to reduce heat and odours. The Speed doesn't seem to be an overly warm jersey so the material is obviously doing its job.

The overall fit is very good, a contoured fit without being too extreme and thanks to the shoulder and sleeve material nice and supportive to. The dropped tail and short front panels give good coverage when in the saddle and they stay put thanks to a silicone waist gripper.

Pactimo say that the rear three pockets are smaller than standard which I'm guessing is for increased aerodynamics but I can't say I really noticed. I could still carry my usual tube, pump etc on each ride. There is an added internal pocket which looks water resistant and more secure for valuables due to closure flap. You'll also find a slot for a race radio/mp3 headphone cable.

The build quality is impressive with neat finishing and tidy stitching and going by the 3 year old Pactimo made roadcc jersey in my wardrobe longevity isn't going to be an issue.

In use the Speed jersey is lovely and comfortable thanks to each panel doing its job without you really noticing it and in my eyes any item of clothing that you pay no attention to when riding is a good item. It's well priced to at £80 which isn't too over the top when compared to the opposition especially when you take the quality into account.

Verdict

Good value for money technical jersey with a superb aerodynamic fit

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pactimo Summit Speed Jersey

Size tested: Medium

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 Summit Speed jersey is part of Pactimo's top range of kit and is designed for riding fast thanks to its aerodynamic race cut and technical fabrics. It really is a well formed piece of kit backed up with great build quality.

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

*TotalFit™ combination of Matrix HC, the new Transfer–C™ and Eschler Powergrid™

*Anti–zipper ripple design (shorter front panels)

*Reflective piping Non–elastic, fitted sleeve openings

*3 slightly smaller than standard rear pockets

*Internal pocket and opening for race radio/MP3 player

*Silicone waist gripper 2 piece collar for comfort

*Euro Length Sleeve

*Sizing S - 3XL

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

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

The supportive nature of the fabric keeps everything smooth and aero while being comfortable enough for long days in the saddle.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing to dislike really.

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,

 

1 user comments

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Not sure if it's just how it displays in my browser, but this seems to be a bit of an unedited review.
Sounds like a good jersey though.

Former Fat Lad on a Bike

posted by RobD [92 posts]
27th May 2014 - 7:53

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