Warm and comfortable for steady winter miles, the Rivelo Felcott long-sleeve jersey is a decent option even at RRP. To spend £100 you need to be sure of its credentials, so I'll cover the positives first, of which there are plenty...
The jersey is lined with a thermofleece interior throughout, with a lightly water resistant (if not windproof) polyester on the outside. It's warm, bordering on toasty if you wear it as part of a layered wardrobe, and is very capable of insulating you from the cold.
The fit is relaxed – slim in nature, but flexible enough just in case you're carrying a little extra timber, the result of a more docile winter training programme perhaps, or just Christmas excess – with plenty of space in the sleeves and stretch in the fabric to cater for genuinely bigger riders too. It's very comfortable over long rides – some four hours plus during my test rides – as well as being a useful commuter jersey.
The jersey takes Rivelo's purple and red colourway to its heart, with a very stylish design throughout. In fact, when teamed with Rivelo's Headley 3/4 bib tights, I got one or two admiring questions from fellow riders about the brand and the quality of the kit, signifying the premium look it emits. Extra design flourishes include a right shoulder logo, as well as a reflective tab on the rear pocket for extra visibility in dank conditions.
Other positive features? It's got three rear pockets, a useful fourth pocket on the hip, plus a zipped key compartment, and a silicone gripper at the rear to hold the jersey in place, which is just as well considering the slightly relaxed nature of the slim cut.
The left and right rear pockets are a touch narrow, though, which makes reaching into them – especially with fingered gloves – a touch tricky at times. The offset of this is the extra capacity in the middle pocket, but that's slightly more difficult to reach anyway due to its location. I'd prefer to see capacity more evenly distributed across the back.
Still, this is a minor quibble, and the jersey lives up to Rivelo's usual good standards of quality and sturdy reliability. Through my usual 40-degree delicate wash it returns perfectly, and the fleece remains as soft as when first worn. It's also resilient against snaggy wooden garden furniture, and the zips and flatlock seams are well made all-round.
Weaknesses other than the small things already mentioned? Just one of note: even though Rivelo calls them 'stretch cuffs', they weren't elasticated – strange in a garment that has so much stretch – which means the sleeves tend not to retain their position over the course of a ride, especially when teamed up with a jacket over the top.
And that's your lot with the Felcott jersey. An all-round very good effort from the British company, though not without some small flaws. It looks like a £100 jersey and behaves like one for the vast majority of the time.
A very good all-rounder that'll keep you warm from autumn through to spring
road.cc test report
Make and model: Rivelo Mens Felcott 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?
Rivelo says: "Thermal LS jersey, with DWR treatment resulting in a versatile garment for all seasons. Wear on it's own, or as part of a layering system, to see you through Autumn to Spring. designed, tried and tested in the UK, with reflective design features for extra visibility and a new pocket layout offering extra space for those long rides."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Soft, thermal stretch fabric for comfort and warmth
- DWR finish in case you get caught out in the rain
- Four spacious back pockets including a zip pocket for keeping small essentials safe
- Extra side pocket, for easy accessibility – ideal for gels/snacks
- Ergonomic panel construction gives the perfect fit whilst in the riding position
- High wicking & breathable, yet warm and cosy
- Dropped hem at rear with Rivelo silicone gripper
- Full YKK zip with zip garage & guard for protection
- Stretch cuffs for comfort
- No scratchy labels – care label is made from a soft fabric and sewn flat
Well made and hardy despite its soft feel.
Comfortable and warm, and flexible too.
Relaxed enough to not feel like a performance garment but slim enough to not feel bulky.
Buy as you normally would – sleeve length is good.
Nicely lightweight – not bulky at all.
One of the fabric's defining features.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy; just wash with other garments and it's fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort, warmth, style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The cuffs could do with being more elasticated, and the pockets can be a little fiddly to access.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's very good: strong, stylish long-sleeve jersey, suitable for multiple uses.
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