Stylish, nice fit and good performance on warm days makes the Cervo Rosso Swiss Edition a standout jersey.
Cervo Rosso are relatively new to the pages of road.cc but the few garments we’ve tested from the Swiss company have been met with good reviews and a general thumbs up. This Swiss Edition jersey continues that trend. To remind you, Cervo Rosso is a Swiss company that get most of their clothing, including this jersey, made in Italy to very high standards. Cervo Rosso, if you’re wondering, is Italian for ‘red deer’.
It’s designed with an anatomical panel construction that provides a very good fit. It’s contoured to shape around the torso well, the fabric sitting close to the body and there’s little excess fabric to bunch up. It’s all very snug and comfortable.
I tested the medium and wouldn’t describe the fit as the most racey, but it’s certainly nudging closer to that side of the fence than more generously cut jerseys.
The comfortable fit is extended to the sleeves, which end with large elasticated bands that placed just enough pressure on the arms to keep them in place with no sign of them riding up during testing.
Cervo Rosso use fabrics from fellow Swiss-based company Eschler. It’s highly breathable stuff, moving sweat away from your skin, or base layer, very effectively, so as to keep you dry on a hot summer day. It’s reasonably stretchy stuff too, which helps with the good fit.
There are three pockets out back and they’re a good size. The jersey is well designed so that you can stuff the pockets with food and spares and they don’t sag down over your bum. There’s also a zipped fourth pocket, ideal for stashing safely your house keys.
That just leaves the styling. Most of the Cervo Rosso kit we’ve tested previously has been understated and classy, but this jersey strikes an altogether bolder look with the chunky white bands that criss-cross the jersey. I’ve had people mistaking it for a Castelli jersey on a number of occasions - there is a similarity in the logo from a distance - which isn’t a bad comment.
A distinctive jersey with an excellent fit and fabric that works well to keep you dry on hot days.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Cervo Rosso Swiss Edition jersey - Test Team Issue
Size tested: Medium, black
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?
Following months of R&D and extensive road testing we have incorporated a new anatomical panel construction providing more movement though the upper torso and a contoured fit thanks to the inclusion of body mapping technology. The Test Team issue maintains the slightly longer aero sleeves and full length zips. New side panels are constructed from a light well ventilated mesh fabric to provide better ventilation in high performance conditions.
Additional enhancements from our current STRADA and CORSA range of jerseys include an extra fourth zipped pocket for cards and coins and a rear elasticated waist band. Finishing off the jersey is a stunning fabric from Swiss textiles innovators, Eschler. The fabric chosen has been tried and tested in the skin suits of the Australian mens time trial, a pedigree of performance riders we are very confident in!
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Body mapping Technology
NEW anatomical panel construction
Incorporating Swiss fabrics by Eschler
Ventilated lateral panels
Full length hidden zip
Fourth rear zipped pocket
Made in Italy
Very well made jersey, the quality of construction shows
Fit is great, and the fabric works really well at keeping you dry
No concerns so far
The fabric is soft and there's a bit of stretch to it, and the fit ensures it hugs the body comfortably
There's plenty of choice at this price, and the jersey makes a good alternative to other more popular brands
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not a fan of the styling, but that's a very personal thing
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.