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The Velocio Foundation Women's Jersey is its latest 'high end entry level' design, and it's a great choice if you're looking for a comfortable top finished to an excellent standard. It has an incredibly well-judged fit and the fabric is supersoft. And to top it all off, it's made fully from recycled materials.
Velocio has designed the Foundation with a slightly more relaxed fit than some. It's not skin tight but the cut follows the curves of your body perfectly. There's no bagginess anywhere, and it'll stay comfortable for miles and miles on the road.
The length is longer at the front than racier styles, but not excessively so. Walking around at a café stop there's no chance of an annoying gap between where your jersey ends and your shorts begin, and back on the bike there's not too much fabric rolling up either.
Made in Albania, with Italian milled recycled polyester throughout, the fabric of the Foundation jersey is wonderfully soft; I'd happily wear this without a baselayer. This fabric also provides a layer of defence against the sun thanks to its UPF 30+ protection.
The fabric does also feel a touch delicate, but I've not had any issues with pulling threads during the two-month-long test period, and it still looks pretty much new, which certainly bodes well.
The sleeves are made from the same fabric as the main body; there's no added elasticity, but there's still a little bit of stretch. The cut is very good here and as a result the sleeves stay in place remarkably well, especially given there's no silicone gripper on the insides. The hem is not as comfortable as a raw edge finish, but equally, over longer rides the soft, quick-wicking fabric doesn't get sticky.
The sleeves are shorter than all my other jerseys; a ridge of my blindingly white skin is on show... but more importantly, practicality-wise this makes things a little trickier pairing with arm warmers.
The low collar helps keep you fresh, and it also means there's a little less material flapping about if you need to lower the zip to let some cooling air in.
At the rear are three standard pockets; these can be packed full and don't sag. There isn't a fourth zipped one for keeping your keys or other valuables safe, though.
The YKK CamLock zipper is smooth to use and is finished off with a garage. Overall, the quality of the jersey is very good, with neat stitching throughout.
The single colour styling is simplistically stunning; the choice is mint, coral or the navy I had on test. Sizing options are inclusive, ranging from XXS up to XXXL.
Priced at £74, the Foundation Jersey isn't exactly cheap for an entry-level jersey, though Velocio does say 'high end entry level'...
Stu Kerton tested the men's version of the relaxed fitting Madison Roam Merino jersey (there's also a women's option) and he found the merino wool and polyester blend very breathable and fast drying, for a lower £59.99.
Top-quality comfortable jerseys for relaxed rides, made from recycled materials, can cost a whole lot more though – such as Rapha's Women's Classic Jersey II, which retails at £110.
Overall, the Foundation is a very good quality jersey that's been very well executed. It fits well, it's very comfortable for all-day rides, it's a good looker and thanks to the 100% recycled materials used, it's environmentally friendly too. It could just do with slightly longer sleeves to increase its versatility for pairing with arm warmers on colder days and changeable conditions.
Very good summer jersey, relaxed but nicely shaped, using comfortable recycled materials throughout
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Velocio Foundation Women's Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
Velocio says: "New for 2021, the Foundation Jersey is our new 'high end entry level' jersey. Adhering to the same meticulous philosophy used on our higher price point jerseys, the Foundation pairs fine gauge Italian milled recycled polyester with a subdued aesthetic, a slightly more relaxed fit and careful planning around finishings and details to create our most value-conscious option to date. Light weight, incredibly soft and high wicking, the Foundation meets the demands of Velocio quality and performance."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Ultrafine gauge Italian milled recycled polyester
UPF 30+ sun protection
Reflective logos and trim details for visibility
Lightweight YKK CamLock zipper with zipper garage
Three generous no-sag back pockets
Neatly executed throughout.
The fabric feels a touch delicate, but it's proving to be rather robust as no issues with pulling threads or scuffing up.
Supersoft. I'd happily wear it without a baselayer.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All good when machine washed at 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A relaxed fit jersey that's very comfortable to wear for all-day rides. Slightly longer sleeves would increase its versatility for pairing with arm warmers on colder days and changeable conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The relaxed yet tailored cut.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Short sleeves make pairing with arm warmers tricky.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
More expensive than entry-level jerseys from some brands, but cheaper than other top-quality relaxed jerseys made with 100% recycled materials, such as Rapha's Women's Classic Jersey II which costs £110.
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
Overall, the Foundation feels great to wear thanks to the supersoft fabric used throughout and the tailored but relaxed cut. It could just do with slightly longer sleeves, and a zipped valuables pocket would also be a useful addition for longer days in the saddle.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike My best bike is:
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: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track