The Monton Pro Winso Blue is a slim-fitting lightweight jersey with long sleeves, coming in handy for those summer morning/evening rides when there's a chill in the air, and also for spring and autumn use.
- Pros: Breathable, non-flappy fit
- Cons: Surface of fabric isn't the toughest
This jersey is made from a variety of synthetic fabrics, the main one being a very stretchy polyamide/elastane (190g/m2). The surface is covered with shallow indentations that are just about see-through when you hold the jersey up to the light, allowing air in and out easily as you cycle.
The armpits and the underside of the arms are made from a polyester/elastane/carbon that's even lighter (180g/m2) with a more open weave. This fabric is designed 'to give antibacterial, deodorising and moisture wicking functions'.
The result is a jersey that feels very breathable in use. You can feel a lot of air coming right through as you ride, and sweat is wicked away pretty well. The fabrics don't get especially heavy with moisture and they dry out reasonably fast.
The Winso is made to what Monton calls its Pro Fit which is slim throughout. There's no excess anywhere. That won't lead to discomfort for most people, though, because everything is very stretchy in all directions.
The front zip comes with a large puller that's easy to grab on the go, and a zip garage up top avoids any neck irritation.
I found the sleeves plenty long enough to keep my wrists covered, while silicone print helps hold the elasticated waistband in place.
You get three open pockets in the lower back that are deep enough to take all the usual ride essentials, and there's a fourth zipped pocket, the side closest to your body being water resistant to help stop sweat soaking in. That pocket measures about 120 x 145mm so it'll take most mobile phones. The anchor points of those rear pockets are reinforced so there's no real danger of damage to the jersey if you carry a lot in them.
The Winso was priced at £115 but it has now been reduced to £73. Compared to other long sleeve jerseys that we've reviewed here on road.cc, that's a good price.
Overall, this is a good summer-weight long-sleeve jersey that puts in a solid performance.
Summer-weight jersey for those days when it's just not warm enough for short sleeves
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Monton Pro Winso LS jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
It's a summer-weight long sleeve jersey for sport/fitness rides.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Monton lists these features:
* Pro Fit
* Lightweight, high stretch, soft and moisture wicking dot lycra main fabric (82% polyamide, 18% spandex, 190g/m2)
* Low volume, high stretch, breathable nylon dull polished lycra front collar and upper back panel for enhanced comfort (79% polyamide, 21% spandex, 175g/m2)
* Italian Miti Fluorite fabric underarm - 81% polyester, 17% spandex with 2% carbon fibre giving antibacterial, deodorising and moisture wicking functions (180g/m2)
* Lightweight compound windbreaker fabric inner rear pockets
* Italian EB1 soft elastic waistband front
* Monton 2018 elastic gripper waistband
* YKK smooth sliding full length zipper with zipper cover tape to avoid friction between zipper and skin
* Reflective piping detail for visibility
* 3 rear pockets with 1 water resistant zippered central rear pocket for storing valuables such as smartphone measuring up to 5.2 inches
The water resistant pocket is actually on the right.
I wouldn't say that it's a standout performance, but it's solid.
I found it quite easy to mark the surface of the fabric. I used the Winso for commuting to the office on one occasion, for example, and the waist strap of my backpack caused a little rubbing. Maybe that's not typical use. You also have to be quite careful if you use mitts with a Velcro closure, for instance.
Monton describes it as a "Pro fit". Essentially, it's very slim but the stretchy nature of the fabrics means that the Winso will comfortably accommodate a range of builds.
Monton offers two size charts, one giving various dimensions of the jersey, the other giving recommended sizes for particular heights and weights of riders. I used the first of these and it was accurate.
The fabrics are lightweight and breathable and don't get too heavy with moisture.
The stretchiness makes for a very high level of comfort. There are fabrics out there that put in a higher level of technical performance, but these do a good job.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
It goes in the machine at 30°C with all the rest of your 'orrible sweaty kit and it comes out fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I wouldn't say it's an amazing jersey in any way but it puts in a good, solid performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I like the slim fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I found the face of the main fabric to get roughed up quite easily if it gets rubbed or caught.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah
Would you consider buying the product? Hmm, maybe, although there's a lot of choice out there.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Perhaps
Use this box to explain your overall score
A 7 in the road.cc world equals 'good' and I reckon this is a very clear 7. I wouldn't say it's an outstanding jersey but it puts in a good performance. At full rrp it's expensive, but it's currently discounted and good (almost very good) value.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.