Decathlon continues its theme of offering quality products at great prices with this Triban RC 100 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey. Under 20 quid gets you a warm, well-cut top that is pretty good in the breathability stakes too.
You may or may not have seen that Decathlon's B'Twin cycling brand has been separated into two ranges, Van Rysel for the performance end, Triban more entry level.
The bikes have been well received. Both the Triban RC 120 Disc Road and the RC 520 Gravel have achieved great reviews, mostly down to their bang for buck, and it's exactly the same here with the new clothing.
This jersey is currently £17.99 on the Decathlon website, and for what you are getting it is pretty remarkable. Made from a blend of 90% polyester and 10% elastane, the fabric has a soft but robust feel to it, and it's warm too.
Riding early in the morning before the sun is up, the Triban has done a sterling job of keeping my torso warm when the temperature's hanging around the mid to high single figures, with just a lightweight baselayer underneath.
There isn't any windproofing to the front panels – not that I'd expect it at this price – but the fleece-lined fabric traps body heat, taking the chill off any cool breeze trying to cut through.
Breathability is pretty good, too. When riding hard or climbing it can get a little overwhelmed compared to some more expensive technical fabrics, but you can always control things a little by dropping the full-length zip.
Fit-wise it's a little on the relaxed side, which is what I was expecting; if you want a slimmer, race-orientated cut you'll want to be looking at the Van Rysel stuff.
Relaxed doesn't mean it's flapping about in the wind, though. The RC 100 is still tailored to fit well when on the bike, with a slightly dropped tail and long arms that don't expose your wrists when stretched out on the drops.
When it comes to pockets you'll find four, three traditionally laid out around the rear, with an extra one on your right hand side, perfect for a bar, gel or your snack of choice.
You don't get a zipped valuables pocket, but again at this money I'm not really going to complain.
There are two colour options, a black version as well as this navy blue. One thing I do like here is the bright orange touch to the wrist; it really makes your arm stand out when signalling to the traffic behind. The black version has bright blue panels.
There are also a few reflectives on the rear too.
For the money you really can't complain, and to be honest at even double the price I'd be scratching my head for any major criticisms. True, it's a little rough around the edges when you take a look at the stitching, but that is only the way in that some of the stray thread ends have been left. It's only on the inside of the jersey, too, so no one will see it.
As for the competition, well, there really isn't that much. Even a good value jersey like the dhb Blok is going to set you back around £65 depending on what discount you have on your wiggle account.
Lusso also scores well for value, but while the Terrain L/S Jersey has a few little tweaks over the Triban, it costs £69.99.
Overall, the Triban RC 100 offers all of the performance, fit and quality of a jersey double, if not triple, the price.
A decent performing long-sleeve jersey at an amazing price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Triban RC 100 long Sleeved Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Decathlon says, "When the weather's too cool for a short-sleeved top, this long-sleeved Triban cycling jersey is ideal. Its insulating fleece lining and raised collar help to keep the warmth in on chilly mornings, while the full zip allows you to adjust the jersey's ventilation in case the sun comes out and the temperature rises."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Breathable polyester fabric
Four practical pockets
A product's ability to protect from the cold. It depends on the material's thermal resistance and how much air can pass through it. The higher its thermal resistance, the more the product retains the heat produced by the body while cycling.
To determine whether a fabric is breathable, we measure its evaporative resistance (test based on standard ISO 11092).
The lower its resistance, the more the fabric will let water vapour produced by the body escape, and therefore the more breathable it is.
Well shaped, erring more towards the relaxed end of the market.
Sizing is spot on to Decathlon's website, and with quite a generous cut you can easily layer up beneath it.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Decathlon recommends a 30 degree wash and I had no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Deals well with cooler temperatures and offers a great fit on the bike.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great performance for the money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Can get a little warm inside when riding hard.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Nothing really comes close to the Triban, with most quality jerseys that we have tested starting around the £50 mark.
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
What Decathlon is delivering for the money is very impressive indeed, as simple as that.
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
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!