Whilst usually a jersey is desirable for riding, with its nifty pockets, its scooped tail, its long front zip and all, sometimes it's nice just to have a t-shirt type top on for a ride instead. For urban riding, commuting, touring, or just a bimble round the lanes on a sunny afternoon, a t-shirt is the business.
But it's still nice to have one that doesn't get all soggy if you pedal a bit more vigorously, or stay that way for long periods of time if it does. The City Scoop Tee from Thoosa is designed to bridge the gap between casual and technical.
It's a genuinely attractive looking t-shirt, but made from a technical moisture wicking and fast drying fabric. You could just as easily wear it with jeans as with a pair of urban styled capris, but it doesn't sit quite as well stylistically with a pair of lycra shorts. Thoosa kit is made with lady runners in mind, but female cyclists are also going to like the combination of relaxed fit and style and a bit of technical performance.
Other than the fast drying, soft-to-the-touch wicking fabric, the City Scoop has no features to speak of. It's a simple scoop neck tee with a relaxed swingy fit. No sleek body clinging tendencies with this one. In wear it is very comfortable, keeping moisture away from the skin effectively and allowing for good air movement. It's definitely more a summer piece than anything else, although the style would allow for a long sleeve base layer to be worn underneath in colder seasons. The body length is such that you wouldn't want to wear it in a sporty aero position, but it's not really a top designed for that anyway! That said, it's not unduly short, just not as long as might be required should the rider be stretched a long way forwards.
Offers technical performance in a good-looking casual t-shirt.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Thoosa City Scoop Tee
Size tested: Jade, 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?
Aimed primarily at female runners.
Good for any active women. Better for urban, recreational and casual cyclists.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Breathes well and wicks moisture effectively
Machine washable at 30
Available in sizes S,M,L
Well made but a few scruffy seams. Just cosmetic.
Really comfortable for low key rides.
Only washable at 30, which isn't generally hot enough to keep a technical garment really fresh.
Good levels of breathability, moisture management and fabric pleasant next to skin.
Very good value for a top that can be worn to ride, run, go to the gym and a whole load of other activities. AND looks good with jeans.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, colours (3 options) and fabric
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Would have preferred washable at 40 but only a minor niggle.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes. Definitely
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Versatile and pretty top that offers good levels of ride comfort for casual cycling.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.