Torm T1 Jersey  £45.00

8/10

Comfortable and stylish Sportwool jersey with some high-quality features

Weight 251g   Contact  www.torm.cc

by Mat Brett   November 13, 2010  

Torm T1 jersey

This comfortable Sportwool T1 jersey from Torm is well made and includes some useful high-quality features.

The fabric is a reasonably lightweight merino wool (39%) and polyester (61%) blend that feels super-soft next to your skin. Even the most sensitive types aren’t going to find it at all itchy. It’s doesn’t feel as light and airy as some man-made fibres in hot weather but the merino is naturally anti-bacterial and resistant to odours – so you carry on smelling beautiful right through your ride and it comes out of the washing machine all fresh and lovely rather than reeking of a gym locker room.

Being a halfway house between pure wool and a synthetic, Sportwool shifts sweat well and you have to work pretty hard to get this jersey heavy with moisture. It doesn’t dry as fast as 100% polyester but it’s not especially cold or unpleasant when a bit damp – it still feels okay next to your skin. It's quite easy to pull a thread so you need to be fairly careful if you're going to maintain the stylish good looks – but you can say that about most wool/Sportwool jerseys.

The cut is classic cycling fare. You know the deal: slim in the body, high, close-fitting neck, long at the back… sporty. You get an adjustable drawcord around the waist to fine-tune the fit while a silicone gripper inside the hem helps hold the tail in place. The YKK neck zip is good too – it has a lockdown puller so it stays put and doesn’t rattle, and a little fold-over chinguard at the top stops it from scratching. All good features.

Most of the seams are flatlock stitched so they don’t annoy you, and you get the regulation three pockets around the back plus two extra zipped ones on the outside. These two are waterproof and they’re slotted for an earphone lead so you can put an MP3 player in there without it getting all misted up with perspiration, and each one has a horizontal reflective stripe on the outside to improve visibility.

It's fair to say there has been some discussion lately about the similarities between Torm and Rapha garments. Well we’ve got to say that the T1's pocket design is pretty similar, similar but not identical. The zips have ring-style pullers, for example, the side pockets have slanted tops for easier access, and that reflective stripe design is something we’ve not seen on anything but Rapha previously. In a review though it's performance that counts and the pockets are plenty big enough for all your ride bits and pieces and they don’t get pulled out of shape especially when loaded up.

All in all, this is a well put-together jersey with some really high-class features, and it’s available in red/white as well as the grey/white version we have here.

Oh, nearly forgot: you can put the T1 through the tumble dryer without shrinking it too.

Verdict

Comfortable and stylish Sportwool jersey with some high-quality features

road.cc test report

Make and model: Torm T1 Jersey

Size tested: Medium, grey

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?

Torm say, "Arm yourself with the a T1 - the definitive, all purpose, high quality SportWool™ jersey. This superbly fitting, incredibly comfortable jersey easily takes the rough with the smooth. Teamed with a pair of arm warmers the T1 can take you right through the year.

"Without any compromise to fit or integrity this jersey can hold all your valuables safely and accommodate your music gadgets too. Cool when warm, warm when cool, the T1 also keeps you nice and fresh – no nasty niffs here! And as it’s machine washable and low maintenance too."

We wouldn't be wearing it right through the winter. Short sleeve jersey and arm warmers on a cold January morning? No thanks. The rest is fair enough, though.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, it's a really good jersey

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

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Wow. Not quite the same as Rapha for this jersey.
The designers at Torm must have been back to fashion college.
Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood will be round to the Torm fashionista's for a brainstorming session soon.
Where do they get their ideas? Thinking

Ian of Woodford

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posted by winprint [122 posts]
13th November 2010 - 21:47

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Looks like a really poorly researched review.

Can you detail the difference between the shape and cut of the Torm pockets vs the Rapha ones?

Is the angle of the pockets the same?
Same zip used?
Does the zip cover on the neck use an identical shaped piece of material to the Rapha one?
Is the cut of the jersey significantly different or are all the seams in the same place?

It appears they just directly copied a Rapha jersey to me.

posted by dancing james [7 posts]
14th November 2010 - 0:44

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winprint wrote:
Wow. Not quite the same as Rapha for this jersey.
The designers at Torm must have been back to fashion college.
Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood will be round to the Torm fashionista's for a brainstorming session soon.
Where do they get their ideas? Thinking

Wow, not quite the same comments you've made on every other piece of Torm kit anyone has mentioned.

Winprint must have been doing Lit Crit at Woodford Community College.

Rapha will be around asking him to write some copy about moody Belgian murs for their next glossy catalogue.

Where do you get the idea that it matters ?

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posted by abudhabiChris [517 posts]
14th November 2010 - 4:49

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dancing james wrote:
Looks like a really poorly researched review.

Can you detail the difference between the shape and cut of the Torm pockets vs the Rapha ones?

Is the angle of the pockets the same?
Same zip used?
Does the zip cover on the neck use an identical shaped piece of material to the Rapha one?
Is the cut of the jersey significantly different or are all the seams in the same place?

It appears they just directly copied a Rapha jersey to me.


Thanks James - Finally someone else is willing to recognise the elephant in the room!

FG

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
14th November 2010 - 17:06

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Nice looking jersey good price, buy one if you like it who gives a toss if it looks like a Rapha jersey.

Are we into riding bikes or fashion victims?

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
14th November 2010 - 20:05

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Gotta say dancing james if I was a less easy going type than I am I'd take a great deal of exception to your comments up there.

It's not the job of our reviewer to forensically compare this jersey to a Rapha jersey - Rapha (and presumably their lawyers) can do that for themselves. Mat's job to say whether it works as a jersey- most of the people thinking of buying this particular item won't care, for some people indeed similarities to Rapha are a minus not a plus point.

In this case he commented on the similarities with Rapha jerseys because it has been something of a hot topic. As it happens we had some Rapha jerseys in the office when the Torm ones arrived and we got them out and compared them all. Mat's comments are spot on with regard to the T1 the pocket details are similar but not identical to those on the Rapha jerseys, as was what he had to say about the T6 and the Torm armwarmers he also reviewed.

Inceidentally, I've got an old Endura jersey from before Rapha existed that has a ring pull zip on the rear pocket too.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
14th November 2010 - 20:08

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its nuts eh!, new Rapha item turns up, "blimey look at the price of it" etc etc blah blah blah. new sportwool jersey in a 'classic' style turns up, half the price.. more blah, rip off etc etc blah, blah.

jeeeez people, get a grip. Big Grin

(personally, i'll take the Rapha as an xmas gift if anyones feeling generous and buy myself a torm as well. double nice)

btw, have you seen the biciclista jerseys, very smart..(and three pockets on the back..call the lawyers!)

http://www.biciclista.it/shop/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=18

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
14th November 2010 - 20:24

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nice, the argyle ones might have me dialling for m'learned friends though Smile

http://www.biciclista.it/shop/pc/home.asp

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
14th November 2010 - 21:36

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There seems to be a very heated debate regarding Torm and Rapha, funny that Shutt VR seems to have escaped the controversy.
Anyway, as the owner of both Rapha and Torm jerseys (a club jersey, tourmalet jersey and red/white version of the T1 jersey respectively) here's my "take" on the competing manufacturers products. The Rapha's have a slightly heavier fabric but the cut of both jerseys is different as the Torm T1 has side panels which aren't on the Raphas. These panels make for a better, neater fit than my Raphas which are looser at the waist. The draw cords on the T1 are also nowhere to be found on the Raphas, so the suggest that the Torm is a carbon copy of the Rapha is disingenious. For £45 i've foud the Torm T1 to be a bargain, that sort of money would only get you a 100% polyester team replica and you buy one of those hoping that drugs scandals don't come along to haunt the team you've given your allegiance to!
I would personally give the T1 jersey 5 stars for value, while giving the Raphas 4 satrs for value as other competitors - Assos - have spiraled their prices out of control, which would be fine if they were made in Switzerland, but any i have are made in Romania! Thinking

posted by PRINCIPIA PHIL [51 posts]
14th November 2010 - 22:36

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principia phil

how old are your rapha jerseys? my classic jersey appears to have waist drawcords, it's last years model.

posted by dancing james [7 posts]
15th November 2010 - 0:10

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i'm in agreement with principia phil
i have owned rapha jerseys (size small) and they dont fit as well as the new Torm T5 i recently bought. i also got the base layer which is excellent also.
i think rapha / rouleur is good for the sport but i just hope torm grow from strength to strength ( and dont increase their prices).
i will be buying many more torm items now ive sorted my size and seen the quality.
you can buy a long sleeve a short sleeve and armwarmers from torm for the price of one rapha jersey.
OK you can sell your Rapha top 2 years later on Ebay for 75% of what you paid originally.
i heard both companies use the same chinese factory but i appreciate that once that rumour starts it spreads but it may be false.
I dont think Rapha can complain when their whole image is based on retro stylings therefore "copying"
anyhow, competitions good for business.

If helmets had never been invented would you never ride a bike ? Discuss....

posted by 11speedaddict [50 posts]
15th November 2010 - 14:50

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11speedaddict wrote:
i just hope torm grow from strength to strength ( and dont increase their prices).

The omens aren't good for continued low pricing... They look like a very small UK company and as pointed out on another post not UK VAT registered...

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
15th November 2010 - 19:41

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It's the classic Tradebrands vs Branded product arguement that seems to be the rage at the moment.

Torm need to establish and then add value back in their brand by advertising and promoting.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1245 posts]
16th November 2010 - 14:46

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
Torm need to establish and then add value back in their brand by advertising and promoting.

Do they need to or is that you would like them to?

IMHO they should merely decide how to market their products - either through sponsoring events or a team or by some other means.

For me the products should succeed or fail on their own merits, I don't buy into Rapha's style of marketing, though I'm happy enough if that is favoured by other people. There is room for a variety of approaches as well as brands in this market sector.

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posted by Simon E [1947 posts]
16th November 2010 - 16:01

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Fixie Girl, what are you talking about? I paid VAT on my jersey. It's shown on the invoice. Bloody good jersey it is too.

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
16th November 2010 - 16:01

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simonmb wrote:
Fixie Girl, what are you talking about? I paid VAT on my jersey. It's shown on the invoice. Bloody good jersey it is too.

Is there a VAT number on the invoice? If not then they arent registered for VAT and cannot claim it..

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
17th November 2010 - 0:46

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VAT number is on the invoice - 904 1994 22. But you'd know that if you'd bought a jersey. In fact you'd be better placed to comment on the product in general if you had.

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
17th November 2010 - 3:44

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You dont have to be VAT registered until you turn over approx £50k or more - which isnt a lot. Torm, at first, may have not been VAT registered so they could assess what the market would do. You can still charge VAT in the expectation that you will register and thus pay VAT to the tax man later in the year.

Anyway, the torm jersey looks nice. Rapha may be nice, never worn one and doubt I ever will. It seems a shame that cycling has this side of fashion anger going on. If someone wants to buy rapha they will, if they want to buy torm (another, simple looking but nice jersey) they will. Get over it.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
17th November 2010 - 8:56

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Dancing James - 'appears' and 'to me' are the important words in your post. Look through historical cycling kit to see what rapha 'appear' to have copied.

Anyway, if you want seemingly lazy journalism check out last months 220 triathlon where they had snippets from eurobike - apparantly that show was the first they had heard of basso (of bike production fame not questionable cycling performance fame). In fact they had featured (albeit briefly) a basso over a year before.

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posted by TwiggyHo [60 posts]
17th November 2010 - 9:00

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'Get over it'. You make the point well Jon. I truly don't understand where all the hate comes from at times. There's enough room in the market for all-comers. Can we talk about something else now? Yawn

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17th November 2010 - 9:30

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simonmb wrote:
VAT number is on the invoice - 904 1994 22. But you'd know that if you'd bought a jersey. In fact you'd be better placed to comment on the product in general if you had.

I wanted to buy one but as I am in the US, they wanted to charge me $25 to send one so I didn't bother in the end... and I had no response when I emailed to ask not to pay VAT.

FG

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
17th November 2010 - 13:02

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FG,

I bought one an am in Boston, the tax got removed at checkout so the price I paid was less than the headline price. I guess their headline prices include local UK sales taxes? IRS be damned Wink

Stokey

Riding out of Boston on a Cevelo P3, Colnago C50 and my favorite, a Brompton Folder

posted by Stokey Boy [2 posts]
18th November 2010 - 11:47

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Hi abudhabiChris

Funny you should mention moody Begium murs; I've just got back from a weekend in Gent, Belgium and had the most fabulous time.
Superb sights, food, beer, shops and people.
And she let me take the bike.
One a half hours from Calais and we are in Gent, a cycling mecca in the Flanders region. Obviously the Gent Six attracts a lot of interest for those in the track, but for the roadie there is the GP Scheldeprijs, Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.
I had planned to head down to the canal, head south and see where the mood took me, but then I dropped an email to the very helpful Gregg at www.chainringtours.com, who gave me a link to De Ronde website, which has everything a cycling tourist should need. Cycling pubs, museums, guest houses and of course the well signposted routes of the Tour of Flanders. You can even hire a Citroen 2CV if your feeling lazy. www.rvv.be/en. Here you have a choice of 72km, 80km, 112km, 114km, 260km and 269km.
With limited time I opted for the Ronde van Vlaanderen Blue route of 80 kilometers.
I started at the Cycle Museum in Oudenaarde and just followed the blue signs, which took me up through the market square and every turn out of town and beyond.
10 minutes of peddling and you are directed to narrow country lanes, where you feel as though you are following the wheel of Boonen, Museeuw, Kelly, Mercks.
It's not long before you hit a short stretch of cobbles and you feel the history shaking though your arms.
Soon after you hit a stretch of cobbles rising steeply before you. Another milestone to tick off the list at the top of the climb.
Up and down muddy lanes, the mornings frost starts to burn off and the windstopper beanie is put in the back pocket. You are thankful for the neoprene overshoes, already covered in mud, keeping your feet toasty and dry.
Left, right, up, down; your every turn is pointed by the blue signpost.
More cobbles. I think I've mastered them. High cadence, loose arms with your rear floating on the bike. A respectable 16mph is achieved.
Another short sharp hill, followed by a long stretch of downhill cobbles. You crank up the speed, noticing a nice long smooth run off in the distance. 36 mph, downhill on cobbles. Insane! Hope my wheel instant caught in a rut.
On route there are picturesque views, houses, churches, restaurants, farms, windmills, and breweries.
Around three quarters of the way around, you hit the infamous cobbles of Kerkgate.
By now the novelty of the cobbles is starting to wear thin. You look for any respite from the constant juddering in your arms. Head to the left for a stretch of smooth mud which soon runs out. You look to the right, no reprieve. Into the middle of the road and the relentless judder through your arms never abates. A less respectable 9mph is reading on the speedo.
A few more turns and climbs and before you know it, your descending into Oudenaarde. Over the river, sharp right and you are back at the Museum, having your picture taken with Eddies Mercks team car.
Having not paid attention a couple of times to the very well marked route the computer registers 93km in 3 hours and 27 minutes. I'm very pleased as a cobbled newbie.
And just to prove youv'e ridden an epic ride, you look down to see you and bike splattered with the light white mud of Flanders.
Coffee, cake and beer are consumed in the Museums Brasserie de Flandrien to celebrate a truly Classic ride.

Chapeau

Probably not upto the standards of William Fotheringham or Matt Seaton, but with a tweak or two, I'm sure Rapha could use it in a blog or glossy brochure.

Is it about the bicycle? Of course.
My Condor Fratello Audax with mudguards was perfectly suited to the conditions, as were my favourite obscure German Cycle Club Bibs from Ciclos Uno, Shutt Winter Tights, Merino Baselayer, Rapha Italian Jersey, Rapha Winter Jacket, Craft Windstopper Hat, Craft Siberian Gloves, Rapha Winter Socks and Endura overshoes.
Maybe a tad too many layers for Abu Dhabi, but good quality cycling kit is must to get you through a tough ride in Europe.
If you can take a leaf out of Coppi's book and look good into the bargain, what a bonus.
Taking another leaf out of Coppi's book, I'm off for a double espresso.
Cool

Ian of Woodford

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posted by winprint [122 posts]
19th November 2010 - 12:57

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winprint wrote:
with a tweak or two, I'm sure Rapha could use it in a blog or glossy brochure.

Have you ever read Rapha's blog, or seen one of their glossy brochures? Nerd

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19th November 2010 - 14:15

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Stokey Boy wrote:
FG,

I bought one an am in Boston, the tax got removed at checkout so the price I paid was less than the headline price. I guess their headline prices include local UK sales taxes? IRS be damned Wink

Stokey

Thought I'd give them a go and order but they don't have anything left Sad and no reply from contact form Sad

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
24th November 2010 - 0:48

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Hey FG I emailed TORM yesterday with some positive comments about the kit and got a reply straight away. Perhaps your email isn't getting through.

I sent you a PM last week - I'm over in Portland on an off for the next 6 months (we won a contract - boo) - it would be good to get together as I need to get my buddy some Sportwool gear and you seem to have products from the current companies. I'm over your way pretty much every week.

Stokey

Riding out of Boston on a Cevelo P3, Colnago C50 and my favorite, a Brompton Folder

posted by Stokey Boy [2 posts]
25th November 2010 - 15:02

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cracking write up of your Belgian er, epic, Winprint!

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
25th November 2010 - 15:21

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Stokey Boy wrote:
Hey FG I emailed TORM yesterday with some positive comments about the kit and got a reply straight away. Perhaps your email isn't getting through.

I sent you a PM last week - I'm over in Portland on an off for the next 6 months (we won a contract - boo) - it would be good to get together as I need to get my buddy some Sportwool gear and you seem to have products from the current companies. I'm over your way pretty much every week.

Stokey


Blushing
I'm not the most efficient with PM's and according to my boyfriend I am worse with my blackberry… I'll check my spam filter for torm mail, we're pretty locked down in the office Sad Did they say they have more coming in..?

Sportwool for me, its far more flattering than anything else I've worn.

We have rides out from Beaverton out to Tillamook, maybe see you out..

FG

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25th November 2010 - 22:36

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