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Still on the lookout for a summer jersey? Planning on escaping to hotter climes for winter? The Hackney GT Yello Velo Short Sleeved Jersey is a good looking, high performing jersey that has everything you could want for a hot weather ride. Except a plane ticket...
Hackney GT is a relatively new company based out of, you guessed it, Hackney in London. As a London resident, I have seen an increasing presence of its kit around the city over the summer, and if the Yello Velo is anything to go by, I can understand why.
The first place to start is the material used. Hackney GT has gone for two different fabrics, 'Golf ball weave polyester' on the front and back panels and 'Lycra side and arm panels'. It seems like a good choice, bringing together strong wicking performance on the body, with good fit on the arms. The front and back panels also have decent ventilation, which wasn't that much fun testing in September in the UK, but pleasant when I used it in the mid 20s in Italy. It also moves sweat away from the body quickly and efficiently.
Elsewhere on the jersey, Hackney GT has sourced some robust and well thought out features, such as the YKK zipper, which is tough and well made. There is also a reflective stripe at the back of the jersey under the pockets to help with safety and, as it comes from Hackney, there's a beard guard at the top of the zip.
The cut is somewhere between casual and race, without it billowing around when you ride, but not being skintight either. It stays in place well, in part due to the silicone gripper at the rear; even when I had nothing in the pockets it didn't ride up. This, combined with only having one tiny size label on the neck (with all other instructions printed directly onto the fabric), meant it was comfortable to wear for long hours in the saddle.
At the back the jersey has three angled pockets that are easy to reach and large enough to fit everything you may need. There is also a zipped valuables pocket, which has an especially jazzy patterned lining, a nice design touch. Another thing I like about this jersey is that it is made in England – something that is increasingly uncommon.
In terms of the look, the jersey is definitely going for the vintage vibe, with its 70s-esque font in red and blue. It's also a kind of Brazilian yellow, which I think looks really good. One other thing about the look is that the golf ball weave combined with the yellow colour means it can be a bit see-through, especially if you don't wear a baseayer the same colour as your bib short straps.
Overall, I was impressed with the Yello Velo. Its RRP of £75, for a well made jersey, manufactured in England, doesn't strike me as bad value. It has a good look, performs well and you could certainly do worse for a warm weather jersey. Perhaps it would be nice if it were a little less see-through, but given the wicking and ventilation in the fabric, this is both understandable and forgivable.
A good looking, well ventilated and robustly constructed jersey
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Hackney GT Yello Velo Short Sleeved Jersey
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?
A vintage looking, hot weather jersey that is high wicking and well ventilated.
Hackney GT says: 'Made in England Hackney GT short-sleeve cycle jersey. Built to last and always looking good.'
I agree with this assessment – it's well made and, in my opinion, good looking.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
~ Lycra side and arm panels for extra comfort and good fit
~ Golf ball weave polyester wicking performance fabric for the main body
~ Full length heavy duty zip
~ Three large and angled back pockets
~ Rubber gripper to rear
~ Reflective rear tab
~ Hidden Zipped 4th back pocket large enough for iPhone 6
~ Beard guard
Well made, decent stitching, good choice of zips and nice details such as the valuables pocket liner.
It has a good level of wicking and ventilation while maintaining a good fit.
Well made, strong stitching and decent choice of zipper mean it is likely to last well.
Fits very well, the silicone gripper keeps everything in place and there is decent stretch in the fabric.
The medium came up as it should have according to the Hackney GT site.
Only one small label, good ventilation and strong wicking mean it's perfectly comfortable.
About what I would expect for something made in the UK and with high quality materials.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy, put it through a few washes at 30 with no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performed well, wicked sweat nicely. It also looks good and is well made.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Could do with being less see-through.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
A well made, strong performing jersey that also looks good. Definitely 8/10.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.