There isn't much cycling kit you can get for a tenner: a pair of socks maybe, or a of couple water bottles. Or, you can buy a fully functioning B'Twin 300 cycling jersey. You'll have change too. In fact you'll have change from a fiver.
It may be basic but the 300 isn't just a rehashed t-shirt. You get breathable material with various panels, two rear pockets and a front zip plus Decathlon's two-year warranty against defects. You kind of wonder what the catch is. As far as I can see there isn't one.
Aimed at the recreational cyclist the cut is loose though it is tailored in at the waist to give it some shape. The material is lightweight and is called Equarea which is designed to be worn next to the skin to absorb perspiration from the skin before wicking it away into the atmosphere. It does a pretty good job of it too, keeping on top of shifting your sweat unless the effort is really extreme.
The underarm and side panels are a lighter than the rest to remove as much heat as possible from the warmer areas of the body.
The pockets are well positioned sitting either side of the centre panel and they are easy to place or remove things from. The material isn't that taught though so anything heavy will cause them to sag. The tail is dropped for when you are in the saddle providing plenty of lower back coverage.
You also get a chest-length zip which does up to mid neck with a small collar. Undone it provides enough venting on hot days and is good quality with no sign of snagging at all.
On the whole the B'Twin 300 jersey is pretty amazing for £4.99 (I thought it was amazing at £7.99 its price when we got it in to test, but they've lopped another £3 off since) especially when backed up with two-year warranty. It performs well especially in terms of breathability and the fact it doesn't look out of place when off the bike will be a big draw for recreational cyclists. It's well-made too. All the stitching is neat, tidy and robust so I can't see that warranty being called up on.
It's available in blue, white, red & black with a size range of XS – 3XL.
Cheap as chips cycling jersey that actually performs and looks good too
road.cc test report
Make and model: BTwin SS Jersey 300
Size tested: Medium, Blue - Black, White, Red also sent in
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 300 range is aimed at recreational cyclists and is styled accordingly. The loose fit has some shape to it and its packed with technical aspects for such a cheap jersey.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Equarea material offers next to skin breathability
Two rear pockets
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's breathble and well made with some functional pockets.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The material works well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
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.