To mark Assos' collaboration with Formula 1 team Mercedes Petronas it has released the SS.works_teamjersey_evo7. Its unique selling point is that it's made from recycled PET bottles, with the finished 'flakes' being turned into a polyester. When added to 2% elastane for a bit of stretch you end up with a fabric that's, well, a bit scratchy really.
The SS.works_team is actually based on another jersey, Assos' entry-level SS.neoPro, which comes in a range of national flag colours and is also made from the recycled polyethylene terephthalene fabric.
Admirable though the idea is, the fabric doesn't have the nicest feel against the skin, and even when you're wearing a baselayer it still isn't the most pleasant sensation.
The material doesn't seem to be all that breathable either, easily getting overwhelmed when you're working hard, which means a mixture of sweat and scratchy fabric...
That aside, the cut is good with a sort of relaxed race fit, close enough to look the part but without being super-snug. You get a slightly dropped tail to cover your lower back and a nice tall neck too.
The sleeves finish longer than many others and they don't offer any form of retention such as silicone grippers or elastic bands, which means they can move about a bit.
You do get a gripper at the hem, which works well, and sitting above that you'll find three traditional deep pockets that'll accommodate pretty much everything you want to put in there.
As far as the build quality goes, it's on par with Assos' usual high standards and attention to detail. The seams are tidy and tight, and the Assos logo zip works smoothly.
As you can probably tell, I'm not exactly blown away with the Assos jersey, partly because of the feel of the fabric but also because of the price. For £115 you're getting a rather average jersey, the like of which (apart from fabric) many others make for a lot less.
Add in the fact that the identical SS.neoPro is £20 cheaper and it just looks like you're paying a lot for the Mercedes Petronas branding. If you're a big F1 fan you might be happy with that, but for me, the SS.team_works just doesn't deliver a premium feel for the premium price.
An okay jersey but pretty average for the money, with branding adding more expense
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Assos SS.works_teamJersey_evo7
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?
Assos says: "The SS.works_teamJersey_evo7 is an all-new product for ASSOS. Released in collaboration with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team's cycling club, the Works_Team, this unique jersey is a celebration of our partnership.
"Traditionally ASSOS has always looked outside of the cycling world to find its next technological advancements, so by working with a team at the pinnacle of the world of motorsport, we are excited about the scope for achievement.
"Based on our entry-level jersey (SS.neoPro), the SSworks_teamJersey has an eye-catching design that draws inspiration from both Formula 1 and the history of cycling. Featuring certain distinctive details, the SS.works_teamJersey_evo7 is set to become a classic within the world of ASSOS apparel."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
A new, fresh and clean design for our entry-level jersey. The longer sleeves and slightly higher collar give it a distinctive look. The first of our jerseys with a textile made out of 100% recycled p.e.t. bottles! Another step towards our target of 'zero impact'.
spring.1 and summer.2
97% PES, 2% PA, 1% EA
Assos uses a single measurement taken just below the chest so if you are tall in the body, you might need to try varying sizes.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The whites came up clean even on the maximum 30-degree wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a pretty average jersey really at quite a high price.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Scratchy feeling material.
Did you enjoy using the product? No
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
Use this box to explain your score
It's a novel idea having a jersey made from recycled plastic, but the fabric itself doesn't have a very nice feel to it, even when you're wearing a baselayer. The SS.neoPro that it is based on costs £95, so the different name and Mercedes Petronas branding adds 20 quid to this one, which makes it just too expensive.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Mason Definition
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.