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A good multi-use top, this: smart enough to wear off the bike, technical enough to perform on it as well. There's a bit of an issue with sizing but other than that it's a good buy, especially as it's currently half price on the Bspoke site.
So what it is it? Well, it's a cardigan. Sorry, 'full zip knitwear'. The knit in question is fairly fine and half wool, half acrylic, and it's treated with a Teflon coating to resist showers. Does that work? Well, a bit, but if you go out cycling in the rain in a jumper then you can expect to get a bit damp.
What certainly does work is the fit on the bike – nice long arms and a slightly dropped back – and the nylon windproof insert across the front to keep the wind off your organs. I'm not a big fan of thumbloops and the sleeves were long enough that I didn't need them, but they're there if you want them.
For a thin top it's surprisingly warm, and under a jacket it wicks okay, although the windproof front section can get a bit clammy. The full zip allows you to get some air in if need be, and the discreet side pockets are useful. The neck is quite high and snug, and it's stood up to the washing machine with minimal bobbling.
A word on sizing: I'm 190cm and 98kg and finding the medium just about right for riding duties. If you mainly want to wear the Edgware off the bike then go for your normal size, but you might want to size down if you'll be giving it a lot of pedal time.
At the time of writing, the Edgware top is half price on the Bspoke website, £30.75. At that money it's a steal, so get over there before they run out...
Good quality wool/acrylic top that's nicely designed for mixed use
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Make and model: Bspoke Edgware Knitwear Mens with Full Zip
Size tested: Black/grey, medium
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* 10 gauge Merino blended knit for warmth
* Drop rear to cover back in seated position
* Thumb holes to prevent sleeve movement
* High neck for extra warmth
* Reflective branding for additional safety
* Zip fastening pockets keep belongings secure
* Available in Black / Black Grey or Desert
* Available in sizes M/L/XL/XXL
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, especially at half price...
Age: 37 Height: 190cm Weight: 96kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.