Rivelo is a new UK cycle clothing company, and has come to market with some really good looking cycling kit backed up by good performance. The Pembridge is a well appointed short sleeve cycling jersey with a good fit and shape.
It's most definitely an understated jersey that doesn't lack in the style department. Looks are, of course, a very subjective matter, but this jersey seems to be universally well received. If you're put off by the more race and performance orientated jerseys, this one will work for you. It's a thumbs up all round then.
For the construction of the jersey, Rivelo has used a combination of Xtra Lite and Sport Energy Lycra. It's soft next to the skin, with a good amount of stretch that really enhances the fit, and, along with smartly placed stretchy mesh panels, it really is spot on. It's a flattering jersey too, which is no bad thing.
The fabric has a UPF 50+ treatment to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Worn in the heat (the sun'll be back one day...), the jersey proves to be adequately breathable. It copes well with a large amount of sweat when you're toiling up a long hill, and the full-length zip provides plenty of ventilation when you need it most.
For carrying food and spares, you get four pockets around the back, three regular cargo pockets and a smaller, zipped pocket on the side. A couple of reflective tabs provide a bit of reassurance if riding at dawn or dusk.
The Pembridge jersey is a stylish alternative to the usual choices, it's thoughtfully designed and the details are carefully considered. The fit and shape are excellent too. Which just leaves the price. At £90 it's right in the Huez, PedAL ED and Cafe du Cycliste market of similarly stylish jerseys underpinned by technical fabrics and design, so it's got some competition. A bit more affordable is Rivelo's Kirkstone jersey, if price is a concern.
Great fit and good attention to detail wrapped in a stylish looking jersey
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Rivelo Pembridge cycling jersey
Size tested: Medium, Navy
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?
Rivelo says: "Made with super soft Italian fabrics for comfort & breathability during those long summer rides. understated design but loaded with technical & performance detailing and ergonomic panelling, giving the best possible fit whilst in the riding position"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
high quality Italian fabric – soft and luxurious hand feel
UPF 50+ sun protection and pilling resistant
excellent breathability & quick drying properties
high stretch Xtra Life & Sport Energy Lycra for comfort fit and performance
Italian 2-way stretch mesh panels for exceptional breathability
four spacious back pockets including a water resistant zip pocket for keeping small essentials safe
ergonomic panel construction gives the perfect fit whilst in the riding position
reflective trims for visibility
dropped hem at rear with Rivelo silicone gripper
full zip with Ri puller, zip garage & guard for protection
no scratchy labels – care label is made from a soft fabric and sewn flat
Top quality build.
It's breathable and the good fit doesn't provide any restriction of movement.
I've been putting the clothing through some tough tests and it's been through dozens of washes, and it still looks brand new.
The fabric is very soft next to the skin, without any clinginess.
There's a lot of competition in this price from brands offering similar style jerseys, but the Rivelo does very well to hold its head high.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For a lightweight, comfortable and good looking warm weather jersey, it does the job very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It looks really nice.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Couldn't really find anything to dislike.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Probably
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A really nicely designed jersey with good functionality, and the looks give it an edge over many cycling jerseys. It's a competitive market these days, though.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.