Tudor Sport’s York Jersey is a timeless classic likely to find popularity with a new audience loving retro chic but loathing boutique prices, while retaining its traditional touring and club market. For all its classic charms, the simple cotton/nylon mix lacks the climate control of modern fabrics so a good base layer is essential-it’s not water-repellent either and will take a good couple of hours at room temperature to dry from saturated but in fairness, getting to this state demanded ninety minutes in the pouring rain.
Available in four colours (Black, Red, Blue and Yellow) and in a wealth of sizes from small to extra large its intended to be a snug, as opposed to figure hugging fit. Broad across the shoulders relative to my frame, I found our XL sample a fraction too large but conversely a good fit were I looking to wear a base layer and a jersey beneath, net effect converting it to a jersey cum jacket for really cold, dry winter rides.
Detailing is simple yet elegant with three capacious rear pockets capable of devouring three 750ml trade team bottles, energy bar, patch kit, multi tool, mini pump and even keys without flinching and they’re sufficiently deep so as not to eject wallets, compact cameras and other valuables at the first bump. Talking of bumps, I’ve been taking the scenic routes through narrow lanes with overhanging foliage- even the most vengeful brambles have made little impression and it machine washes beautifully-although just remember not to pop it in the drier afterwards.
Elsewhere elasticated cuffs and waistband with world champ rings prevent it riding up, thus keeping blustery, biting winds firmly on the outside. However, climate control isn’t remotely comparable with more technical fibres – hence the need for a good base layer – but thankfully, the full-length zip provides some welcome airflow when hammering along on bright spring mornings-especially since it doesn’t pack very small into a pannier.
Classic jersey with nice detailing but best for cool, dry weather.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Tudor Sports York jersey
Size tested: L
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?
TS104 “YORK” Top with three open back pockets
Full Zipped Jackets with ‘World Champ’ Ribbing at Neck, cuffs and Waistband.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Cotton/nylon mix, three rear pockets, full length zip, elasticated cuffs,neck and waistband.
Very well made.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The York is a jersey cum jacket in the classic tradition and none the worse for it, so long as you're prepared to accept the fabric's limitations in terms of climate control so wear a good base layer and make use of the full-length zip in milder conditions.
Warm and tactile on cold early season's runs, it looks perfect with the plusses and/or full retro ensemble. Elasticated cuffs and waistband keep it firmly in position, protecting the lower back from chill. However,pop a lightweight shell jacket along with you on longer rides as it's not waterproof.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Classic,durable and moreover, practical design with a very keen price tag.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Wicking prowess/climate control can't compete with modern fibres.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, in the main
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)