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The Etxeondo Trier is a high-quality summer jersey with some neat features.
It's made in Spain from Meryl Microfibre fabric – fine nylon and elastane. This is lightweight stuff and very stretchy so you get a body hugging fit without it feeling at all tight. I like that; I have a real aversion to clothing that flaps around unnecessarily. If you're a bit self-conscious about any extra pounds it might not be such a good idea because there's nowhere to hide here.
The neck doesn't extend quite as high as usual – there's no separate collar here – but that's fine. This is a summer jersey so you're unlikely to get a cold neck anyway, and the close fit means no draughts get in.
The YKK zip extends over halfway down the front, reaching below the sternum on me, so you can get plenty of cool air on your chest on hot climbs. The fabric that the plastic teeth attach on to is logo-ed up which, I think, looks pretty good although you can make your own mind up about that. It's certainly distinctive. The hem is elasticated and, despite having no silicone gripper inside, it hasn't ridden up in use.
The pockets around the back are unusual. You kind of get three pockets although the stitching that separates them only extends halfway up and then the opening at the top is divided in two. I don't see the benefit but they held my spare tube, multitool and pump just fine, so I don't mind much either way.
You get a security pocket back there too, closed with a YKK zip, to keep your mobile or cash safe. The only issue is that if you put anything too weighty in the pockets, the stretchy material... well, it stretches down and sits lower than you might want, so you need to travel light.
When you work up a sweat, the Trier absorbs it very quickly and moves it away from your body well to keep you feeling comfortable. When you sweat really hard and there's not much airflow, like on a long, steep climb, the Meryl Microfibre fabric can get heavier with moisture than some really airy fabrics, but I've just been out on a ride in 25°C and it felt great throughout.
Those white sections of the jersey are separate panels rather than print, That means there are a lot of seams but you don't feel them in use. Sometimes dye from other panels leaks into white areas over time but after plenty of trips through the washing machine, that hasn't happened here. It's also available in blue, green, orange and red.
High-quality summer jersey with distinctive looks – although the price tag will make you gulp.
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Make and model: Etxeondo Trier Jersey
Size tested: Black, Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Etxeondo say, "The Trier is a real Etxeondo classic. The detailed styling and precise construction delivers a classic cool, lightweight, fast-wicking, superb fitting cycling jersey. Fabricated from Meryl microfiber, it has the fit and feel of an absolute top-of-the-line cycle jersey, and yet isn't priced to match. It's contoured panels allow an optimum combination of fit and flex at key anatomical points. Flatlock stitching, carril pockets, thoughtfully positioned reflective patch and a stylish embroidered half-zip all point to one thing: this is a garment produced to Etxeondo's most exacting standards, and it delivers in every department.
* Meryl Micro fiber fabric.
* Anatomically contoured for perfect fit.
* Low wind-resistance.
* Carril pockets.
* Embroidered half-zip."
No matter how you look at it, £120 is a lot to pay for a short-sleeve jersey. Brands like Assos and Rapha charge similar prices. There's no doubt that this is a really high-quality jersey but you'd struggle to justify buying it on value alone.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a really good performance – although we suspect people will decide whether or not to buy it based on the style.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The cut and the stretchiness.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing especially, although it seems to me that the unusual pocket design is based more on being different than any practical benefit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? I'm not sure I'd spend this kind of money on a summer jersey.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yep.
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
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.