Le Col has teamed up with Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Sir Brad to deliver the Wiggins range. This Pro Gold Stripe jersey is part of that collection and it's a really nice bit of kit but a little pricey against some others I've been testing lately.
- Pros: Excellent attention to detail, highly breathable
- Cons: Pricey, waterproof pocket lets water in at the zip
It's a bold design and one I rather like – after all, I haven't got a whole lot of gold-trimmed kit in my wardrobe and maybe that's what I've been missing.
The jersey is nicely put together and I especially like the neat detailing such as the Wiggins embroidery on the sleeves; it gives the whole jersey quite a classy finish.
The main fabric is a close-knit mesh, which makes it great for warm summer temperatures as the breeze can just pass through but on cooler days I didn't feel as though I needed to layer up.
The sleeves and side panels use a more traditional Lycra, which delivers a close fit and a soft touch to the skin.
The cut itself is aimed at the performance cyclist with a slim, shaped fit but it's not exclusive to those with single-digit body fat figures. It'll still flatter those of a more normal disposition.
The jersey follows the usual theme, with a dropped tail to keep your back covered when in the saddle and an elasticated hem to keep things in place.
You get four pockets at the rear, three in the traditional manner which'll take all the kit you need for a ride with an extra valuables pocket incorporated on the right with a side zip. This is lined to keep the water out, but the zip isn't waterproof, so even though the lining works, if you get caught out in a heavy downpour like I did rain can seep into the pocket and damage your phone or whatever else is in there.
Around the front you get a full zip with chinguard, which is always a nice touch.
On the whole it's a decent jersey but nothing really outstanding for the £125 asking price. This month I've tested the dhb Lab Raceline for a fiver less which shows real innovation in terms of fabric choice and design, plus the Pente Exclusive which, like the Le Col, isn't exactly groundbreaking but delivers a good performance for a third of the price.
Being a Wiggins fan I like the design and the colours certainly look smart, but there is nothing here to really make me go 'Wow!'
Smart looks and well finished but you're paying a lot of money for that
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Le Col By Wiggins Pro Gold Stripe Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Le Col says, "The Le Col by Wiggins Pro Jerseys are a modern take on classic shapes in cycling, inspired by team jerseys throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
"The Le Col Pro Jersey is a unique mix of pre-dyed and printed panels to achieve a luxurious look and feel with a standout graphic. A more aero fit suited for speed and those with a more aggressive riding position, the pre-dyed panels provide a soft touch quality to a supremely fast jersey."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
From Le Col:
Inside seams are cover stitched to ensure a low-profile to negate any irritation while riding and a soft lycra chin guard and collar ensures the jersey is comfortable when fully zipped up. A quality lock down puller allows for ease of use at high speeds and a silicone gripper at the hemline and comfortable arm grippers ensure the sleeves and hem stay firmly in place at all times during your ride. Additional features include three large pockets with a waterproof hidden valuables pocked on the rear right hand side and an ergonomically cut collar to remove unnecessary fabric while in a fast riding position.
Unique mix of fabrics for comfort and style
Full length lock down zip and chin guard
Waterproof valuables pocket
Machine Wash 30 °
Do not use fabric conditioner
Dry Flat, Do not tumble dry
Do not bleach, iron or dry clean
Stick to the Le Col size guide and you'll be fine.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The white fabric always came up clean after a 30 degree wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a decent jersey especially for use in warmer temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The embroidered Wiggins logos.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's expensive for what it is.
Did you enjoy using the product? It's a nice jersey to wear.
Would you consider buying the product? No, not at full rrp.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? There are a lot of cheaper alternatives.
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a decent enough jersey when broken down into its component parts but there is nothing really here that hasn't been done before for less money.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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.