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The Milltag Sector Men Jersey is a lovely top to wear. The slinky fit means there's no bagginess, wrinkles or flapping about, and its long yet tight fitting sleeves do give you a peloton feel. The only blot in its copybook is that the pockets get a bit saggy if loaded up.
Milltag's Sector collection is a series of clothes specially designed for racing, although you can use them for just riding around in and no one's going to complain. Designed in London and handmade in Europe, the Sector jersey has been developed to be lightweight, figure-huggingly aero and comfortable, and this high contrast design can be paired with matching shorts, gilet and jacket if you want to be all smartly coordinated. You'll have to choose your socks separately though. If this isn't eye-catching enough for you, the jersey is also available in a 'What do you mean you didn't see me?' patterned pink.
Fit on this medium sized jersey fulfils very much the racing brief by being cut slim, tightly tailored and with a long body, so even if you're not going to be using it for racing you'll need to be slenderly proportioned, or maybe go up a size.
The full-length zip is hidden, and more importantly the pattern matches perfectly across the divide. The zip puller is a natty little metal ring depicting the Milltag logo and it tinkles away cheerfully in the breeze. There's no zip-dock at the top because the neck of the jersey is cut aero low enough for there not to be any rubbing issues.
The standard three pockets reside out the back, but there's no extra zipped secure pocket for cash and keys like many jerseys have nowadays. The side pockets are angled down slightly to make things easier to get in and out, and the middle pocket has a reflective logo decorating it.
The rear section of the hem has a silicone gripper around it to keep the back of the jersey from riding up, which is replaced in the front with a wide strip of elastic material for tummy comfort.
The sleeves are fashionably almost-to-the-elbow long, which does muck about with the tan-lines somewhat, but carrying on with the theme of the jersey, they're aero-snug, even on racing cyclist pipe-cleaner arms, and there's a slim silicone gripper at the hem to keep them in place.
The sleeves and the side panels of the Sector jersey are made from a perforated Chrono material that Milltag says is there for increased turbulent airflow. We couldn't book any time in the wind tunnel to confirm if this helped, but I did find it was a nice lightweight, well-vented material that wicked well, making it perfect for hotter days and max rev workout rides. The main panels of the jersey are constructed from a less obviously pierced and tea-bagesque holed material to help towards all this as well.
While Milltag says the jersey has been designed for racing, it's just as useful for hot days or high tempo riding – any time you're getting a sweat on and might appreciate the benefits of the lightweight and airy fabric. The full-length zip is handy for the extra breeze it affords, and for the pro flappy jersey on the climb look, just to show everyone you're Trying Hard. Obvs.
If fast and efficient riding is your thing, be that racing or just blatting about with purpose, then you'll appreciate both the cut and feel. And although £90 isn't loose change, you can certainly pay a lot more for hot weather, race-cut jerseys from the likes of Rapha and Assos, and even Sportful's R&D Cima is another £5.
The only niggle with the Sector is that because of the jersey's overall light weight, the pockets have trouble supporting too much in the way of the general stuff you might usually carry on a ride. If you're going to be racing in it, as Milltag would like, this isn't going to be an issue, but if you're using the Sector like a normal jersey, maybe on a hot day in the hills, and might want to be loaded up with personal effects and a tube and some snacks, and maybe extra layers it all gets a bit baggy and bouncy out the back. Which is both a shame and a bit annoying.
A lightweight, well-vented, taut-fitting jersey that's good for racing, high tempo and hot days
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Milltag Sector Men 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?
Milltag says: "Sector is the Milltag premium race collection, each product has been created for racing. A perfect blend of lightweight elastic fabrics and aerodynamic contours provide exceptional comfort whilst the high contrast mono graphic guarantees you will be seen. Maximum performance when riding at your limits."
It's a sleek, tight-fitting efficient feeling jersey that would be perfect for racing if you haven't got a club jersey to wear, just as good for riding around in when you're feeling fast and/or running hot.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Milltag lists these features:
Lightweight Stretchfit body and collar for maximum aerodynamics
Chrono sides and sleeves for increased turbulent airflow
Micromesh fabric underarms for wicking and comfort
Elastic band front hem and laser cut sleeve ends with ultra low-profile silicone gripper strip for increased aerodynamic fit
Flat rear pockets for more streamlined reverse profile
It's not cheap, but you can pay a lot more for hot weather, race-cut jerseys from the likes of Rapha and Assos, and even Sportful's R&D Cima is another £5...
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Chucked it in with everything else cycling, no problems.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a lightweight jersey that was a pleasure to wear not just when racing but also when putting an effort in or on hot days.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Design, racer fit, long sleeves.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Sloppy pockets when stuffed full.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, maybe the pink version as well.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a race-crafted jersey that some might say is lacking in extras to justify the price, but that's compensated for by both the fabric and the fit being perfect for those who are lithe, speedy and in the red on the temperature gauge.
About the tester
I usually ride: It varies as to the season. My best bike is: The one I'm on at the time
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: road racing, cyclo-cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, fun
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.