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This lightweight jersey from Panache is superbly comfortable on hot days. The polyester fabric of the main body is extremely fine and breathable while the underarm and side panels are an even more open weave – you can just about see through them and, more to the point, they let the air flood in to keep you cool. The most surprising quality of the fabric, though, is just how kitten-soft it feels next to your skin, even after a few trips through the washing machine; you’ll be amazed.
The Eleven comes in a traditional slim cut although the neck isn’t quite as high as usual – sealing cold air out clearly isn’t the priority here. The zip is reassuringly high quality and it’s full length for maximum ventilation when the roads start to sizzle (be patient - hot weather is on the way). The three pockets in the lower back are mesh, keeping the weight down and the breathability up, and there’s a reinforced port in one of them for threading your ipod lead inside (what? Listening to music is so much easier than bike maintenance). A stretchy silicone rubber gripper helps to hold the hem down and the build quality is excellent throughout.
The classy, understated design was a real winner in our chain gang although you might prefer the reversed (white body, black stripe) option. As for the price… well, we're in Assos and Rapha territory. There's not getting away from the fact that this is an expensive jersey on the other hand it is certainly of at least an equal quality to Assos or Rapha clothing… so whether you think the price equates to good value probably depends on whether you're in the market for high end cycle clothing.
Comfy and highly breathable jersey in an ultra-chic style
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Make and model: Panache Eleven jersey
Size tested: M
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, excellent lightweight comfort that'll be even more welcome in hotter weather
Would you consider buying the product? Not when you can get something 90% as good for a fraction of the price
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes - to a rich friend
Age: 37 Height: 1.82m Weight: 69Kg
I usually ride: Specialized Tarmac Pro My best bike is: Van Nicholas Aeolus
I've been riding for: 22years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: Time trials, sportives, triathlons, occasional crit races, training, commuting
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.