b'Twin Sport Basic jersey  £7.95

7/10

No frills cycling jersey at a no frills bargain price

Contact  www.decathlon.com

by Shaun Audane   July 22, 2009  

b'Twin Sport Basic jersey

The b-Twin range is Decathon's are no frills budget garments aimed at novices but there’s a fair bit of cheer for seasoned riders low on their dough or just looking for turbo trainer slavery or spinning class garb. Made from tight knit polyester based fabric it feels quite thin and extremely tactile-very similar to that of a mid weight base layer. Cut is a fraction looser than premium brands but none the worse for it and a choice of subtle but attractive colours suits all moods and most wardrobes.

As expected there’s some economies- the front zipper is quite short-although sufficient for additional climate control and there’s only one large rear pocket in place of the time honoured three. However, in fairness the zip closure prevents escaping tyre levers, tubes and other essentials and I was surprised at how much could be squirreled away (tyre levers, spare tube, multi tool, keys, mobile phone). At the exclusion of other kit, it will swallow a 750ml trade bottle horizontally.

Lacking the wicking prowess of technically superior fabrics, I remained comfortable despite riding at full pelt for two hours in the early summer sun- undoubtedly helped by the material’s texture. However, this means it’s best restricted to road and indoor duties, the thrills and thorny encounters of green lane and bridle path riding quickly resulted in some light damage. Similarly greater care e.g. machine washing at 30 instead of 40 should ensure a season or two’s service judging by our test model. The only other downside is they’re only available in store which could prove frustrating should you live a long way from a Decathlon.

Verdict

Great value for money if you live close to a Decathlon store.

road.cc test report

Make and model: b'Twin Sport Basic 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?

As the name suggests it's a basic no frills jersey but surprisingly cheerful nonetheless.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Relatively thin polyester based construction, shallow front zip but capacious zippered rear pockets.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Good given the price.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Not much different in the short-term to many premium bands.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Generally good but beware thorns and other foliage.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The Basic jersey performs better than I had any right to expect. Good fit, reasonable levels of comfort in very warm weather coupled with rapid drying time and keen pricing mean it's a great option for expanding the wardrobe on a budget or for indoor training.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Subtle, understated styling, fit and reasonable comfort.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing given the asking price.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? All things being equal, yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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