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The Storck Pro Full Zip jersey is a well-designed lightweight top for the warm weather - and I guess you'd want it to be at this lofty price.
It's made from a whole bunch of different materials, the main one being Coolmax. Around the back the fabric is full of tiny pores for extra breathability while the panels that extend from the underside of the arms down to the sides are very good at moving sweat away from your body and they're mega-stretchy. In fact, all the panels are stretchy to some extent or other so you can get a close fit that's still very comfortable.
The front zip comes with a large rubber puller that's easy to grab and a little protector at the bottom of the zip stops it snagging your shorts. Why doesn't everyone do that when it's a full-length zip? It should be the law. I've got loads of shorts that have been damaged by zips. There's a chin protector at the top too.
You get your regulation three pockets in the lower back, elasticated at the top to help keep all your stuff inside – you can get a lightweight windproof in easily, and a waterproof if you roll it up tight. An extra zipped pocket back there is ideal for your valuables. It'll take a mobile phone easily enough and there's a reinforced hole in there for running an earphones cable internally, if that's your thing.
Most of the seams are flatlock stitched so they don't get on your nerves and the band around the bottom holds the waist in. It's a similar deal at the ends of the sleeves, although with a narrower band.
I've really not got much negative to say here. This jersey fits well, it's comfortable and it helps you stay cool and dry on hot rides. The only thing you need to decide is whether you're happy with the price.
Very comfortable lightweight jersey to keep you cool on warm rides.
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Make and model: Storck Pro Full Zip
Size tested: Black, large
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?
Storck say: Combitech jersey with ultra ergonomic cut. Full front zipper, safety and smart phone pocket.
AA+ Premium Material with carbon fibre weave enhanced functionality, due to thermic and stability effect.
Our most luxurious materials of choice. Quality and functionality way beyond your expectations with some added technical bling.
* 87% Polyester Coolmax
* 8% Polypropylene hollow fiber
* 3% Elastane
* 2% Carbon"
It's really well put together from very good materials.
It clearly ain't cheap but it is high quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a great warm weather jersey with a few neat features like the full-length zip, extra zipped security pocket. Of course, you can get that on much cheaper jerseys than this, but the overall quality is certainly high.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and the performance in the heat. I like a full-length zip too, for letting in lots of air and bringing out the inner Medallion Man.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Just the price. I probably wouldn't spend this much on a jersey because it would hurt too much the first time I caught some Velcro on it or whatever. If I had the cash, that would be less of an issue.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, definitely.
Would you consider buying the product? See above.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they had the money.
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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.