The Racer Men’s Short Sleeve Road Cycling Summer Jersey is a lightweight, highly breathable racing jersey designed with an aerodynamic fit. It also has many of the features of jerseys that cost twice as much – it’s a bit of a bargain, and definitely up there with best summer cycling jerseys around.
Van Rysel is the flagship cycling range of French hypermarket Decathlon, but that doesn’t mean high prices – really surprising, when you look at the quality and attention to detail.
The Racer Jersey is designed, as the name suggests, for racy types with minimal body fat and a lean persuasion. Keep that in mind when it comes to sizing, as you might want to go up a size or two.
Get the fit right and there’s very little to complain about. The material used for most of the panels is very stretchy for easy adjustment, and it is also breathable.
I wore this jersey during the last heat wave, and it did a decent job of letting air through to keep me as cool and dry as possible (for the side panels, the Racer uses a lightweight mesh). If the whole is swamped with sweat after hard exertion or climbing, it also dries quickly.
The arms are reasonably long, but stay in place thanks to the compression in the wrists. They also provide a smooth transition between skin and jersey for a bit more aero.
The rear is steeply lowered to roll over chutes, and the front is set high to prevent material from bunching up. It also prevents the zipper from damaging your shorts, well thought out, Van Rysel still added a zipper garage at the bottom.
You also get a zip garage at the top of the full zip, but as the neck is quite low this isn’t so necessary.
On the pocket side, there are three in the traditional layout, with the right side covered with a valuables zip. On either side of the main three you will find an additional small pocket on the side panel, ideal for energy gels, route instructions or anything else you need easy access.
Finally, you get a handful of subtle highlights – like I said, the attention to detail is good.
For color options, there are six available. This neon yellow is by far the most eye-catching, but if you get caught on wet roads, be sure to wash it off immediately. Dirty spray will stain fabric if not treated quickly. That’s true for many light-colored jerseys, though, and not just the Van Rysel. Other options are black, denim blue, a rather retro team white, navy blue and the current Cofidis team jersey.
At a penny of forty-five pounds, I think it represents good value for money. Scott’s lightweight The RC Premium jersey is a similar type of design and comes in at £99.99, though many offers can be made now as we move forward into winter.
Endura Pro SL Lite Short Sleeve Jersey is still of the same ilk. It’s missing details like zip garages, and there’s no zip pocket – a must in my opinion – so its £82.99 price tag doesn’t strike me as appealing.
The Van Rysel Racer is a high performance jersey for not a lot of money, and it looks and feels like nothing was sacrificed to make it happen. It lacks some of the green credentials and technical fabrics of some offerings, but if you want bang for your buck (or bang for your pound, perhaps), look no further.
Simple and efficient, this is a lightweight and highly breathable racing jersey with excellent attention to detail
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Brand and model : Van Rysel Road Racer Cycling Jersey
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Decathlon states: “Racer is Van Rysel’s flagship range. It is made up of products designed for cyclists who want to push their limits. Are you looking for a light, breathable, perfectly fitted jersey designed for performance? This jersey is made for you! “
Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the product?
Breathability: Two mesh inserts (ultra-breathable fabric): on the sides and on the back.
Lightweight: Step into the world of performance with a jersey that weighs just 129g in size M.
Stability: Elasticated sleeves and back hem provide a snug fit.
Pockets: Three regular pockets and one zipped pocket on the back, two pockets on the side.
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The sizing is true, but keep in mind this is for a runner’s physique.
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Is the product easy to maintain? How did it react to the wash?
As mentioned below, if it gets dirty, wash it quickly so it doesn’t stain.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used as intended
A top notch race jersey in performance and fit.
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Light color may stain if not washed soon after wearing.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It is incredibly cheap compared to similar offers mentioned in the review.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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From a value-for-money perspective, the Van Rysel really can’t be beat. It works and fits like many jerseys at twice the price, and without any obvious sacrifice.
I usually ride: This month’s test bike My best bike is: B’TWIN Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I have been riding since: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly practice the following types of riding: time trials, commuting, club rides, sports, fixed/single gear,