The Pactimo Ascent jersey is a slim-fitting lightweight option that's highly breathable, making it a very good choice for spring and autumn.
The Ascent is made mostly from a fabric called Quattro-Lite. It's a grid-structure polyester that shifts moisture outwards well and dries quickly.
Pactimo call the side panels 'mesh'. I wouldn't describe them that way. They are made from a very lightweight dimpled fabric – also polyester – that's highly breathable.
With lots of air getting in and out and no windproof panels, this is a jersey for cool rather than cold weather. It's suitable for those days when it's just a bit too chilly to go with short sleeves – so spring and autumn conditions, but definitely not winter temperatures. I've actually had this jersey since last October but it has been too cold to wear until recently.
This is a top that's designed to be race slim and both fabrics are stretchy, especially the side panels, so you can get a close fit without feeling uncomfortable (that's not me in the picture, by the way). There's also a generous length in the sleeves, which is something I can struggle with, so it's very unlikely that your wrists will be exposed when you're stretched out on the bike.
Speaking of the sleeves, the cuffs are elasticated so you get a close fit there. The waist is stretchy too, with a tacky silicone gripper inside that does a good job of keeping it in place. The full-length YKK front zip comes with a little metal puller that's easy to grab on the fly.
The three large rear pockets have slightly elasticated tops that help to keep all your stuff inside, but there's no additional zipped pocket for your valuables. I don't tend to use those, although that might be an issue for you.
One other feature back there is a button-hole style opening behind the middle pocket to let a earpiece/headphone lead through. You get a cord loop in the collar to guide it out the top of the jersey.
All in all, this is a good jersey for those days when you need long sleeves but not too much insulation. Personally, I'm not wild about the colour scheme but you might be a fan.
Slim-fitting lightweight jersey that's highly breathable, making it a very good choice for spring and autumn
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Make and model: Pactimo Ascent Long Sleeve Jersey Men's
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?
Here's Pactimo's description:
The Ascent jersey has been tested and race proven by pro teams all around the globe!
* Offering unsurpassed performance and comfort thanks to Pactimo's exclusive TotalFit anatomical design. Technical fabrics are strategically placed to facilitate a superb, performance fit. Sure to become your go to jersey.
* Quattro-Lite fabric (100% polyester; 145g)
* Pactimo TotalFit™ design for excellent anatomical fit
* Full length YKK zipper
* Breathable lightweight mesh side panels
* Hidden elastic sleeve opening
* Ultra-soft silicone gripper at waist
* 3 full rear pockets
* Race radio earpiece opening in rear pocket/cord loop in collar
* Rear reflective trim
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Pactimo say this about the main fabric: "Quattro Lite is a Polyester, CoolDry blend. This ultra-soft, lightweight fabric provides the ultimate in performance jersey fabrics."
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
This jersey does a good job when the temperature is just too cool for a short sleeve jersey. It's a solid performer.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The slim fit and the breathability.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The colour scheme doesn't do it for me, I'm afraid.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? But for the fact that I'm not a fan of the colour scheme, yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
This is a good product at a decent price for the level of performance. It's a solid 7.
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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.