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Café Du Cycliste Marie-Josette Jersey



Virtually year-round usability with great looks and brilliant build quality goes a long way to justifying the premium price tag

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The Café Du Cycliste Marie-Josette jersey is a brilliantly versatile, waterproof, windproof, breathable jersey that'll replace a couple of items in your wardrobe.

Café du Cycliste, as you can probably guess, is a French company which has ranges of clothing designed for racers, and for those more relaxed days in the saddles. A more classic, dare I say retro style is prevalent throughout the ranges in a vein similar to the likes of Chapeau and Velobici.

The Marie-Josette jersey is part of Café du Cycliste's performance range and like Castelli's very successful Gabba it's a short-sleeved, windproof and waterproof jersey. It might sound odd but it offers so much flexibility you'll wonder how you managed without it.

In basic terms it requires you to carry one less layer whether that be a gilet or waterproof jacket. Pair the Marie-Josette Jersey with a pair of arm warmers you're pretty much sorted. The suggested temperature range of 5-15°C makes the Josette perfect for spring and autumnal rides and if things do get a bit too warm there are vents under the arms and above the rear pockets.

It's cut close to the body with a full zip and three rear pockets with a neat waterproof flap covering them to keep the contents dry. The material itself is made in Italy and along with being water and windproof is also said to be breathable... ah, the holy grail.

Classy finishing touches like the Café du Cycliste rider logo on the arm and coloured bands on the neck give a clean look and means it doesn't look out of place on or of the bike. For dark rides there is a reflective band running along the pocket flap providing a bit of extra visibility. An elasticated dropped tail finishes things off.

Surprisingly breathable

In use the Josette is surprisingly breathable up to that maximum recommended temperature of fifteen degrees. Above that it does get a bit overwhelmed but it does dry quickly once the effort drops if you undo the zip and let the vents do their work.

As far as the windproofing goes it's noticeable when descending as you can feel the windchill on your bare arms but your torso is still lovely and toasty.

It's on rainy days that the Josette excels. It shrugs off all but the heaviest shower while drizzle and road spray just beads off of the surface.

The zip is fully sealed so nothing gets in through here either. It's been through the washing machine plenty of times and its waterproofness doesn't seem to be suffering. It should be useful for a long time and thanks to the build quality it'll be in your wardrobe for a long time to come.

On the whole the Josette is a good all-rounder and with the weather the way it's been for the majority of the test period it's had more use than most of my other jerseys put together.

Its only sticking point is probably the price, £139. But add a merino base layer and arm warmers, and it'll see you through the majority of the winter. With spring and autumn taken care of on its own you're getting a three season jersey that works out much cheaper than a similar quality jersey and gilet combined.


Virtually year-round usability with great looks and brilliant build quality goes a long way to justifying the premium price tag.

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Make and model: Café Du Cycliste Marie-Josette Jersey

Size tested: 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?

It's a performance jersey designed for inclement weather, Café du Cycliste have designed it as a performance jersey nad the fit and performance certainly reflect that.

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Waterproof tab over three rear pockets

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

brilliantly, kept the wind and rain out while the performance cut means its very comfortable on the bike

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

the fit and looks

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

nothing really

Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 34  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer  My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo

I've been riding for: 10-20 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 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!

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