Madison's RoadRace Premio jersey is designed for the Madison Genesis pro race team. With its close-cut fit and lightweight construction it's perfect for those hot summer day blasts or long climbs into the hills.
Madison says that the Premio is made from the finest Italian Lycra and it certainly does feel very good against the skin. It's soft and offers loads of stretch to maintain a figure-hugging shape without feeling overstretched; the jersey never feels tight or restrictive.
This is a top that is designed for the rider who likes to spend most of their time hunched over the handlebar, as the front is cut high to avoid bagginess and the tail is dropped nice and low to stop any of your lower back being exposed.
The rear section is held in place by elastic and a silicone gripper and I certainly never had any issues with it riding up.
Sizing is good, even though when you do hold the jersey up it looks about two sizes smaller than it should be – highlighting the amount of stretch in the material.
Alongside the Lycra panels you get sections of mesh to keep the air flowing. The side panels, under the arms and a central strip down your back lets body heat escape. It's so effective that the jersey is actually quite cold until the temperature is knocking at least 18°C – unless you are really hammering it.
As you can guess, this means the Premio is highly breathable and it has to be seriously hot and muggy before it becomes overwhelmed.
It comes with a full zip that runs smoothly and it's good to see a zip garage at the neck and waist. I've had many expensive shorts ruined by the bottom of the jersey zip rubbing against them when riding in the drops.
Round the back you get three pockets which feel a bit narrower than usual but are impressively deep. The two outer ones are angled on the entrance, too, to aid getting your fingers in there on-the-fly, and thanks to some well-thought-out double stitching there is little in the way of sag across all of the pockets.
You also get a zipped outer pocket for your valuables, plus a couple of black reflective strips. They seem a bit of a token thought, to be honest, but then this isn't really a jersey you're likely to be using on a lot of night rides.
Priced at £74.99 the RoadRace Premio is competitive against other top quality jerseys, and although there is the odd stray thread end here and there on the inside, it is very well put together.
This season we've already taken a look at the Castelli Superleggera, which, while a bit lighter and not so racy in design, is similar with regards to the temperature range. That costs £115, while the slightly cheaper £65 Primal Mai Tai does lack a few of the finishing touches of the Madison.
It comes in a variety of colours, not all as vibrant as this fuchsia, but it should help you stand out on the road – great if you want to be conspicuous without going down the high-vis route.
Brilliant summer jersey for those who like to ride hard in the heat
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Madison RoadRace Premio short sleeve 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?
Madison says: "Built for the demands of a pro cyclist, the RoadRace Premio jersey gives a superb fit and sublime comfort"
It's very performance orientated and very good at its job.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Madison lists these features:
The pre-curved shape gives ultra comfort when in the riding position
Three rear hand pockets offer enough space for spare tubes, tools, food and a race cape, and the concealed zipper pocket keeps your phone and keys safe
Constructed from the finest Italian Lycra, our RoadRace Premio jersey hugs the body without being restrictive
Mesh panels in the underarm, side panels and running the length of the centre back allows the body to stay a cool
Laser cut armholes with silicone grippers at the cuff prevent the jersey moving around
An ultra lightweight elasticated rear hem with silicone gripper keeps the jersey firmly in place
Zipper guards at either end of the front zipper prevents discomfort
Subtle black reflective details aid with night time visibility
Custom built from the ground up for the demands of our own Madison Genesis pro race team to meet the requirements of a pro athlete
Limited lifetime warranty
It's cut close, so if you don't like it clingy go up a size.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
A simple 30 degree wash takes care of things.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
This is a proper figure-hugging race jersey that's great when the temperature really starts to rise.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Its lightweight construction means it is limited to only the very warmest of days.
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
If you've got the body for it, the Madison RoadRace Premio is a great race jersey with its combination of tailored cut and high breathability.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!