The B'Twin 700 jersey is another innovative design promising phenomenal bang for very modest buck. In common with the French firm's other designs, there's a choice of understated yet contemporary colours and some really original features.
Once again, two-layer, 100% polyester construction won't set anyone's pulses racing but it's another lightweight, pleasant-feeling and surprisingly rugged blend boasting raglan sleeves (single piece arms running straight to the neck) allowing unrestricted movement.
Detailing is vastly superior to its younger brother, the 500: full-length front zip, mesh pit and spine panels, and silicone hem gripper ooze a professional feel. A snug cut continues this racy theme; although to my surprise doesn't highlight those regions we're all quietly self-conscious about.
Sizing is broadly in league with everyone else's, so virtual purchases shouldn't be problematic, though it's not without quirks. I'm broad around the shoulders and middling pretty much everywhere else; hence our medium's comparatively short back lures me towards large with an option of slipping thicker polyamide or merino baselayers beneath and extending its seasonal horizons.
The back sports a FIVE pocket terrace with elasticated cuffs to avoid ejection of bananas and bidons come the first stretch of poorly surfaced asphalt. Then of course, we've the obligatory zippered valuables section capable of gobbling bankcard; spare set of batteries/change etc. Thoughtfully it's also very water resistant with a port for ipods/similar mod cons.
A much smaller annexe is apparently for rubbish, removing any excuse for littering, which I consider a really nice touch, unless of course your tandem stoker's prone to popping half munched, super gooey energy bars there for 'safe keeping'. Whether whirring away on the turbo trainer, belting along with the chain gang or just enjoying extended playtimes, the 700 jersey's performance does not disappoint.
A little dampness is apparent given fifteen minutes or so of hard riding, but is rapidly expelled through those vented sections. By the same token, expect a soaking if you're caught in a shower sans waterproof but you'll be dry again within about fifteen minutes.
Stylish, innovative jersey for racing or pretty much any summer road riding.
road.cc test report
Make and model: BTwin SS Jersey 700
Size tested: Medium, White Red Black
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?
"road cyclists going on long, intensive rides. Lightweight and ventilated". One of the more innovative and original jerseys I've come across in a very long time.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
1. BreathabilityVery good perspiration wicking, channel at the back
Low weight / lightweightUltra-light components for added comfort
SupportErgonomic cut and silicone strip at the back hem
VentilationLightweight mesh inserts at hot points
Easy transport5 pockets. 3 standard pockets + 1 secure water repellent pocket + 1 for rubbish
Anatomic designFitted style with elasticated waist.
Guarantee : 2 Years
Wears and washes well.
Almost without exception, I'm a large, so our medium was slightly smaller than ideal, yet surprisingly pleasant for long periods.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the 700 is an innovative and comfortable jersey that wicks moisture surprisingly well, once the fibres awaken in typical polyester fashion. Having done so, there's surprisingly little lag and a full-length zipper makes dialling in further airflow a cinch.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Understated, yet attractive design, plentiful pockets, excellent climate control.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, although medium was slightly smaller than ideal.
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)