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Summer is just around the corner and some days it's already warm enough to wear just a short-sleeved jersey. The B'Twin Jersey 320 is a good option for those who want a classic, simple jersey that doesn't cost a fortune.
This short sleeve top from the house brand of French sports store chain Decathlon has all you need: simple styling; rear pockets; and a high collar. Oh and it costs just £14.99. Decent features for a jersey that costs less than a pair of most brands' mitts.
Admittedly the name doesn't roll off the tongue, but for a penny under £15 what's there to complain about? The jersey is made from 100% polyester which won't be ideal on longer, warm summer rides but for shorter spins it'll be fine. If you're looking for a jersey for commuting, then this could be it.
The 320 is predominantly black with a white band across the chest, on the collar and on the sleeve hem. There's also an option of white with a blue band. I rode the black version, but as you can see most of our pics are of the white/blue. A reviewer on Decathlon's website comments that the black version makes you look like a priest if you zip it up, so if you want to hear about other people's sins, that's the colour scheme to choose.
It's a basic design but for the price you wouldn't expect too much. The fit is relaxed rather than race tapered so offers room. There is half zip that allows for some ventilation, although it copes well with temperatures into the mid teens without making you feel too hot. Worn with a base layer the 320 has proven to be a more than adequate outer layer. At the bottom on the front you get a small B'Twin logo.
Another reason the 320 might not prove suitable for epic rides is there are only two rear pockets. Most jerseys have three, and sometimes that's only be just enough to stow all you may need. The pockets are on the outer sides and topped off with a white trim which gives a neat contrast on the rear of the jersey. They are deep enough to carry whatever you need without fear that it will fall out. To keep the jersey from riding up it is fitted with a gripper.
If you're in the market for a no nonsense jersey that doesn't break the bank, the 320 is it. It does the basics well and looks stylish enough to persuade people you paid more for it.
Simple, effective and certainly won't break the bank
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Make and model: BTwin SS Jersey 320
Size tested: Medium, Black/White
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?
A jersey that is both simple and effective. It offers a very cost effective way to look good on the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The jersey is 100% polyester which on hot summer days probably won't stand the test of a long ride. You may well find yourself sitting on your own if it's very hot. However for short rides or commutes, perhaps worn with a base layer then the B'Twin could offer a very plausible solution.
For £15 the quality isn't bad at all. What would you realistically expect for this price? There aren't many alternatives. The seams are unobtrusive and the jersey fits well.
Without the scorching summer temperatures to test in, the B'Twin SS jersey has proven to be a capable performer. On days when worn with a base layer and jacket because the heavens have opened it hasn't coped well with too much moisture. This leads me to worry how it would cope next to the skin as the only layer in hotter conditions. That and the fact it only has two rear pockets would be another possible problem for some.
The polyester has held up well, there are no concerns over seams or the zip.
The jersey isn't heavy and wears well.
Again the jersey is easy to wear, no itching or scratching. It doesn't restrict movement and the gripper is effective at keeping everything in place.
At £14.99 you can't go wrong.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perhaps the B'Twin is one of those jerseys that is worn as part of a layering system. On its own it struggles to cope with too much moisture and even though it is comfortable, on a long, hot day it would feel wet and potentially irritating.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Looks good, functional and great value.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I suppose quibbling about the choice of material given the price is a bit harsh but the B'Twin does have a place.
Did you enjoy using the product? On the whole yes.
Would you consider buying the product? As a commuter jersey, very much.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Price wise you will struggle to match the value for money you get with the B'Twin. Performance isn't too shabby either but you will have to be a bit choosy in what you use it for. Don't expect supreme comfort on hot days but otherwise, not bad at all.
Age: 45 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT