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The Club Pro is, according to Chapeau, its fastest ever cycling jersey, and while that is very difficult to quantify, I will say this: it is very comfortable, has a great fit and is very well made.
The Club Pro is very similar to Chapeau's standard Club jersey, which Jamie tested earlier in the summer, but comes with 'aero' sleeves. They are a welcome addition, with the stretchy fabric clinging to your upper arms meaning that it doesn't move and there is no need for any silicone grippers or elastic.
The main fabric of the jersey follows a mesh style route which aids breathability and I've found the Club Pro to be very cool and refreshing to wear over the summer months, even on those days that the temperature was north of 30°C.
Riding hard on a climb, you'll still get hot and sweaty, but the fabric does a good job of letting airflow through once your speed picks up or your effort drops off, so you dry out quite quickly.
The cut is performance orientated but it's not as extreme as some aero jerseys. The fit compliments 'normal' body shapes rather than you needing to be a stick thin pro climber to look good in it.
It is worth bearing in mind that Chapeau has a disclaimer on its site which says that the 2020 stock of this jersey is a larger fit than intended, so you are probably best to drop down a size. This one I'm testing did measure up a little bigger than I would have expected, but it wasn't massively noticeable.
The tail has a decent length to it to keep your lower back covered when in the drops, while the front is short enough to not bunch up and ruin the aero effects.
The full zip offers plenty of ventilation options and runs smoothly. Personally, I'd like to see a zip garage at the neck to stop irritation but that is the only detail lacking really.
Round the back there is the traditional line-up of three pockets, all spacious enough to carry your ride essentials with the openings being large enough to get your hands in on the fly.
Alongside those three is a fourth zipped valuables pocket, which is pretty much a must-have these days.
The quality of the jersey is very good throughout, with tight seams that are neatly stitched.
Sizing options are generous, ranging from S through to XXXL, and there are also eight different colours to choose from.
Chapeau is asking £89.99 for the Club Pro, in the same sort of ballpark as the La Passione Duo jersey; that's a tenner cheaper at £80 and is a very good jersey, although it does lack a valuables pocket on the rear.
The Club Pro is a fair bit less than the Giro Chrono Pro short sleeve jersey, a similar top that has a close fit without being a dedicated full-on aero jersey. Simon was reasonably impressed with it overall, but one of the main sticking points was the price: £119.99.
Overall, I like wearing the Club Pro jersey. The cut strikes a good balance between comfort and performance, and the breathability is particularly good on hot days. Topping everything off is the overall quality.
Well-designed jersey in terms of cut, and the fabric brings great breathability
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Chapeau Club Pro Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Chapeau says, "The brief for the Club Pro was simple. It had to look and ride fast.
'As fast as a hare or a speeding bullet train. Lightning in jersey form. Whether you're feeling fast or you just want to convince yourself that you are, the Club Pro is the one for you."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Chapeau lists these details:
The Club Pro features aero sleeves for an even faster version of our popular Club jersey. It is lightweight, comfortable, quick to dry, bullet fast and stylish.
The stripe sleeve fabric is not only aero-fast but delivers style and allows us to create tonal differences in colour that works beautifully with the main body fabric.
The rear of the Club Pro Jersey has the essential three pockets and a zip-up security pocket for your keys and coins. There's also a full gripper to hold the Pro securely in place.
You can choose to go full on with the pattern or low key with the logo only, as well as the ever sharp chest stripes. You can even pair with a matching base layer for full on dazzle.
The Chapeau! Club Pro Jersey is our fastest ever cycling jersey that offers form and function in abundance.
It does size up a touch big but Chapeau has mentioned the reason for this on its site.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No problems at all, following the washing instructions.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The fabric works very well on warm summer days.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The colourway looks very sleek and there is a wide range of offerings from Chapeau.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No zip garage, but that is about it really.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It is very similarly priced against other top quality opposition like La Passione, Le Col and some of Rapha's stuff.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The Club Pro is very good: it performs well in a range of temperatures and is very well made throughout, which definitely helps justify the price.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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 road.cc 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!