Cycology's Baroudeur Men's Jersey is a highly breathable, comfortable and affordable jersey, perfect for a bold personality on spring/summer rides. Part of Cycology's 'Performance Jersey' range, its lightweight fabrics create a close fit without irritation while maintaining a full range of movement.
Cycology loves designing loud, brash jerseys and its Baroudeur Men's Jersey does not disappoint. Somehow this is one of Cycology's more understated creations with 'a hint of vintage', but you certainly won't be ignored on your next group ride. It's designed for an 'adventurous rider who likes to lead, to mix it up, push the pace a little'... you'd better be prepared to live up to the look!
The high quality jersey has been well designed for comfort with a lightweight, breathable and quick-wicking material, flatstitched seams to limit irritation, a hidden full-length YKK zipper allowing your preference of air flow, and a variation of gripper to match the different requirements of the arm cuffs, hip and rear hem.
The arm cuffs and hip/front hem has a laser-cut Miti Italian gripper with a soft feel that doesn't cause any irritation. The arm grippers only cover the front of the cuff, with the rear third being an extension of the sleeve material. On the whole, the arm grippers did a good job, but with weedy arms like mine, the compression wasn't always enough and they'd rise up occasionally (it's not me in the photos).
The rear hem has a silicone gripper to provide added friction to keep the jersey in place. Having said that, it couldn't compensate for the size being a little larger than ideal. The waist band would stretch too easily, especially with items in the rear pockets, allowing the bottom of the jersey to rise up. I was testing a size small, the smallest available, but it could be worth looking at a size down if you're on the cusp on the guide.
The rear pockets are good and secure, despite this movement of the jersey, with a little extra depth to them than your average jersey. That does make getting into them trickier, though, since the opening is higher up the back, but nothing to worry about.
Matching Cycology's added safety reflective trim on its Men's Logo Bib Shorts, you'll find another across the centre of the back pocket. The look of the jersey, although bright (some might say garish), matches nicely with its plain black or orange Logo shorts, with added orange leg cuffs, and the Fluoro Orange Cycling Socks.
Factor 50 fabric treatment gives peace of mind with sun protection on long sunny rides. No repeat of Team Sky's sunburn with the Baroudeur.
At £55 the Baroudeur is good value and you can perhaps forgive Cycology for a few minor sizing issues. You're not looking at your next aero jersey like the dhb Aeron LAB Raceline or the Castelli Aero Race 6.0, but you're also only having to depart with half the cash which is a huge difference.
There are others in the £80-90 range that might have a better fit, but do your research, check the Cycology sizing guide, and you could get yourself a damn good jersey at an appealing price.
Comfortable, high quality jersey at a very decent price, but check the size
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cycology Baroudeur Men's Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
The Baroudeur, although in Cycology's performance range, is a comfortable spring/summer jersey for all adventures, with an added vibrant feel.
Cycology says, "Baroudeur in a vibrant orange for the adventurous rider who likes to lead, to mix it up, push the pace a little....with a hint of vintage styling.
"Made with superb fabrics, these lightweight, second skin jerseys are the most comfortable jerseys. Beautifully cut, featuring high stretch fabrics that provide excellent breathability and moisture wicking, flat seams and laser cut grippers."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Performance Fit - designed as a fitted jersey to sit firmly on the body without restricting movement.
Lightweight 2 way high stretch fabric, breathable and quick drying
Flat stitched seams to keep chafing away.
Elasticised laser cut Miti Italian gripper on hips and sleeves for seamless comfort
Full length hidden YKK zipper
3 rear pockets + one zippered valuables pocket
Sun Protection Factor 50 fabric treatment
Rear silicone hem gripper keeps jersey in place.
Reflective trim on back pocket for visibility.
Well made jersey with good clean seams and sensible design features.
On the whole it's very good, but I had some issues with the back not staying in position, and the back pockets are a little higher and harder to access than 'normal'.
The jersey has done well throughout the test. No signs of wear or colour fade. No damage through washing or over-stretching.
The sizing made for excess material around the back of the waist.
Comes up large, and the small (on test) is the smallest available. I struggled with the waist band moving around, creating extra bunched-up material, and the arm cuffs could do with a little more compression or friction from the gripper.
Not the lightest out there but felt light when wearing it, which is what matters.
Very comfortable material and design. Smooth against the skin.
Good value for money. Towards the low end of the price scale – get your size right you're onto a winner.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy as any other kit. No special requirements.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Did well on the whole. A comfortable, quality product that can be ridden for all sorts of adventures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The soft fabric and comfort it created.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The sizing caused some frustration with the back not staying in place.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Comes in cheaper than many of the men's jerseys we've tested lately, apart from the Van Rysel RR 900.
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
The sizing caused an issue for me, but in terms of comfort and quality the jersey is great. Get the size that suits and you have a good all-round jersey at a very appealing price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCX My best bike is: Scott CR1 Pro
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives