Another good value garment from BTwin, the short-sleeve 700 Jersey is well made, nicely cut and breathable. It can also be paired with matching 700 bib shorts (review here) to create a £75 outfit.
The cut is slim yet spacious enough to accommodate a little extra timber if you carry some. The sleeves are cut close, too – so no need for grippers – and underneath feature a mesh material that helps vent heat from your armpit area: a nice touch.
The centre rear of the jersey features the same mesh material all the way down the back, which makes heat management overall a positive key selling point, with a mix of relatively thin Lycra and polyester providing give where it's needed and added ventilation throughout the body.
The different materials are held together by good quality flatlock stitching, which lends an air of quality to the 700 jersey. It'll deal with being washed repeatedly no problem at all, and is more hardwearing than a lot of other lightweight summer jerseys I've come across. The quality stretches to the full-length YKK zip, which is solid and dependable.
Other great features include a flat elasticated waistband coupled with a silicone strip to stop the jersey riding up, while the back has the usual three pockets (each of which with enough capacity to hold some reasonable bulk), plus a zipped pocket with added water repellency. It even has a fifth, on the side, for easy access to light essentials such as a gel. Throw in an earphone cable guide, and it's hard to see what else could be included.
This is a jersey that fits comfortably, has all the features you could want for a day in the saddle, and matches perfectly with the bib shorts if you wanted a good value 'outfit'. All in all, it's very good.
A very good cycling jersey that does the job well, enhanced by the low price tag
road.cc test report
Make and model: BTwin 700 Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Large
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?
BTwin says: "This men's cycling jersey offers great ventilation with the mesh at the back and under the arms and a full-length zip. 5 pockets. Elastic around hem and sleeves helps hold jersey in place. Slim fit."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Main fabric : 100.0% Polyester (PES) Yoke : 86.0% Polyester (PES), 14.0% Elastane
- Total of five pockets
- One zipped water repellent pocket
- Mesh cooling panels
- YKK zip
- Earphone cable hole
- Elasticated hem for optimal fit
Very well made, with fabrics tested on other jerseys and seams that are solid.
Cools brilliantly, which is a standout feature of the jersey.
The slim cut is ideal for practically any kind of cyclist, recreational, club or even racers.
The sizing is spot on: a Large fits me almost perfectly.
Not super-lightweight, but light enough to keep you cool on summer rides.
It doesn't rub or chafe in any area, although the fabrics aren't absolutely the most luxurious I've ridden in. A small complaint though, at this price.
£34.99 is very, very good value, especially as part of a jersey/bibs short pairing.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Fine, no worries here.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
To be honest, it's difficult to fault.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fact that I haven't got anything outright negative to say about it.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
See above. Although, I'm not sure it looks quite as good on its own, in terms of style. That's a very personal niggle, though.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? As part of the set, yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – especially the set.
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Another great value offering from BTwin that doesn't skimp on quality of features.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Allez Sport My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding