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Alé's PRR Ponente Jersey might be pricey but it puts in an excellent performance if you're after a slim-cut option for the hot weather.
The PRR Ponente is a lightweight polyester/elastane jersey with perforated front panels that let lots of air in and moisture out. The tops of the arms/shoulders are made from the same breathable fabric. The jersey as a whole wicks sweat well and dries fast when it does get damp.
The camlock zip helps you avoid that. It's full length so you can open it right up – the full Voeckler – to avoid roasting on long climbs in high temperatures. A guard at the bottom of the zip stops it catching on your shorts. It's a small touch but a useful one.
The cut is slim and there's a whole lot of stretch in all directions, particularly in the front panels and around the shoulders, so you can get a close fit without feeling claustrophobic in there. Adding to the comfort, all of the seams are flat stitched, the ones at the sides of the back being reflective to help you get noticed in car headlights if you're out at night.
The front hem and the ends of the sleeves feature what Alé call their 'J Stability System'. Essentially, they use an elastic fabric here to hold everything in place. I'm not sure it warrants its own technical-sounding name but it works fine, as does the silicone strip inside the elasticated gripper around the back.
The tops of the three rear pockets are elasticated too to help keep everything inside and you get a fourth zipped pocked back there that's big enough to take a smartphone.
£115 is a lot to pay for a jersey – you don't need me to tell you that – but if you have that kind of money to drop on kit, this is an excellent choice for hot weather riding.
Costly, sure, but this slim-cut jersey puts in an excellent performance in the hot weather
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Make and model: Alé Cycling Maglia MC Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Blue
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?
It's a jersey in a race fit, designed for hot weather riding.
It would be hard to argue that £115 for this jersey is anything above average value. It's a very good jersey and it's costly, and that's fair enough.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performs very well, keeping you cooler than many other rivals, and drying fast when you get it sweaty.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fabrics and the fit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? If I had the cash.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 43 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: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.