Conquest Cyclewear Performance 2 Men's Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey  £81.25

8/10

A very high standard technical jersey for the hot weather

Weight 159g   Contact  www.conquestcyclewear.com

by Mat Brett   August 28, 2013  

The Conquest Performance 2 is an excellent technical jersey in a slim, performance cut.

It's made from several different types of fabric. The fabric used for most of the body is dimpled. Conquest say that this reduces drag, although to my mind the fact that it lets plenty of air through is more significant. The textured surface doesn't easily stick to your body when you do get it sweaty; that can sometimes be an issue if you ride without a base layer.

The underarm sections are a lightweight and highly breathable mesh while the tops of the arms and the shoulders are very stretchy Lycra. In fact, this jersey is pretty stretchy all round (widthwise much more than lengthwise) so it doesn't limit your movement. The arms, for example, will stretch to accommodate a whole range of bicep sizes without any worry.

All this breathability means that the Performance 2 jersey is best suited to the hottest weather, or for rides where you're going hard and working up a sweat – tough training rides and races. If you do start to overheat, a full-length front zip offers you lots of extra ventilation. It's good quality and comes with a puller attachment to make adjustments that little bit easier when you're riding on the rivet. A chin guard at the top stops it scratching.

As well as the customary three pockets in the lower back, you get a zipped compartment back there for extra safe storage. There's an eyelet for running an earphone cable internally.

The logos are fairly subtle – by cycle jersey standards, at least – and the styling looks pretty cool to me. I must say, though, that I'm not a massive fan of white panels on coloured jerseys. Or, rather, I am a fan but I don't trust my ability to keep them white for long. This one has a white back panel that's just asking to get grotty if it rains and you don't have mudguards. For that reason, I'd save this jersey for guaranteed dry rides.

Alternatively, you could go for Conquest's Performance 1 jersey that uses the same materials and has the same features, but comes in a slightly more understated design. The Performance 1 Is available in a version that's black throughout (as well as a mostly white version).

The jersey comes with its own little mesh wash bag to protect it in the machine. I can't say that's a massive concern to me but it's there if you want to use it.

Verdict

A very high standard technical jersey for the hot weather

road.cc test report

Make and model: Conquest Cyclewear Performance 2 Men's Short Sleeve Cycling 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?

The Performance 2 Short Sleeve Jersey is constructed of highly breathable, elastic fabric that allows for an aerodynamic fit that won't bind, chafe or restrict your range of motion. Technical features such as dimpling to reduce drag, mesh underarm panels, and superfine elastic sleeves reflect the high attention to detail that defines the Performance 2 Jersey. The sleek, simple design of this jersey is a tribute to cycling's legacy, but you'll find its technical features and performance are anything but traditional. Perfect for racing, randonees, or your favourite regular ride.

"Perfect for racing, randonees, or your favourite regular ride the Performance 2 Short Sleeve Jersey is constructed of highly breathable, elastic fabric that allows for an aerodynamic fit that won't bind, chafe or restrict your range of motion. Technical features such as dimpling to reduce drag, mesh underarm panels, and superfine elastic sleeves reflect the high attention to detail that defines the Performance 2 jersey. The sleek, simple design of this jersey is a tribute to cycling's legacy, but you'll find its technical features and performance are anything but traditional."

And here are the features they list:

- Moisture wicking, antimicrobial jersey fabric keeps you dry and prevents odour

- Lightweight, breathable elastic lycra sleeves for superior ventilation and fit

- Elasticized fabric cuff holds sleeve in place without chafing or restriction

- High-stretch mesh underarm panels allow a form fit and improve airflow

- Invisible zippered pocket features an eyelet for headphones or a race radio cable

- You'll receive a complimentary wash bag to keep your jersey in top condition

Essentially, it's a performance-minded cycling jersey for the hot weather.

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

- Moisture wicking, antimicrobial jersey fabric keeps you dry and prevents odour

- Lightweight, breathable elastic lycra sleeves for superior ventilation and fit

- Elasticized fabric cuff holds sleeve in place without chafing or restriction

- High-stretch mesh underarm panels allow a form fit and improve airflow

- Invisible zippered pocket features an eyelet for headphones or a race radio cable

- You'll receive a complimentary wash bag to keep your jersey in top condition

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Very well made. The fabrics are good and the zip is from YKK. If you ride without a base layer (I always use one) you might prefer flat seams.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

A really good performance. Very impressive.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

For the quality you get here, it's a decent price.

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

It's a really hard-working technical jersey that does a great job

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The breathable fabrics, full-length front zip, the slim cut.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I pretty much know that sooner or later I'll get caught out in the rain and come home with a spray/mud line down that white rear panel that I'll struggle to remove.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

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, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,