The Van Rysel RR 900 Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey is a lightweight top with mesh panels, ideal for summer rides. It's a decent bit of kit, especially when you take into account the price tag.
- Pros: Form-fitting race cut; price
- Cons: Not the tidiest finish
The RR 900 jersey is part of Decathlon's new Van Rysel race range. It comes in a choice of eight colours to allow for plenty of colour coding to match your bike or other kit.
The form-fitting cut sits close to the body without any bunching of the fabric and allows plenty of movement without really feeling restrictive around the chest or shoulders.
The rear is dropped nicely for plenty of coverage in the saddle, and above that you'll find three deep if quite narrow pockets, obviously designed with the racer in mind who is going to be carrying the bare minimum.
The pockets are just large enough to take a large phone and you could probably get a tube, multi-tool and a small pump spread out between the three.
There's an extra fourth pocket on the right hand side, ideal for an energy gel or anything else you might need to grab quickly, plus a valuables pocket on the outside of the middle pocket. A fair bit of storage then.
The main front panels and shoulders are made from a mesh fabric which is great for ventilation when riding on hot summer's day.
The rear and side panels use a close knit Lycra but it works well alongside the mesh to be reasonably breathable when riding hard. If the jersey does get overwhelmed on a long, tough climb it'll soon dry on the descent.
Other little details include a bit of reflectivity at the neck and the central pocket. It all adds up should you be riding during darkness.
Something that Decathlon often delivers is value for money, and that doesn't change here with the RR 900 coming in at £39.99. Compare that with the similarly styled Altura Race jersey, which uses mesh panels. I criticised it for not having the neatest of finishes around the stitching, and while I could say the same for the RR 900, the Altura comes in at over double the price, £89.99.
I'm not saying that the Van Rysel is poor quality, it's just that when you look up close you can see the stitching isn't as good quality as you tend to find on more expensive jerseys, the Altura aside.
Overall, the Van Rysel is a great race jersey for those who don't want to spend a fortune but still want to look like a serious rider.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Van Rysel RR 900 Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Decathlon says, "If you're looking for a high-performance cycling jersey for racing in very warm weather, then this short-sleeved, lightweight Van Rysel top is ideal. Designed with an ergonomic, aerodynamic and close-fitting cut, this jersey will keep you cool and dry when out cycling on longer rides."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mesh inserts for good perspiration wicking. Full-length zip
Only 133g in size L.
Ergonomic cut. Elasticated bands on the waist and arms. Tight-fitting.
4 pockets at the back (including 1 secured) + 1 side pocket.
Follow Decathlon's size guide and you should be fine.
I normally wear a medium in most jerseys and while the medium I tested did fit it was very close. The guide would place me in a large which would give me a little extra room around the chest.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
A 30 degree wash did the job without any issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A close, form-fitting cut and lightweight fabric makes this a decent race jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Breathable mesh fabric works really well on hot days.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
A little rough around the edges in places.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Very few race jerseys come close on price.
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 overall score
A lot of jersey for the money, and I can't really criticise the quality at under 40 quid.
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.