Club Jersey by Chapeau
Velo Insider Rating
If you want a high quality, breathable, superb looking jersey available in a choice of sumptuous colours, the ‘Club’ jersey by Chapeau might be just what you are looking for. Available in six beautiful colour schemes, this lightweight stripe jersey stands out from your regular brands in total style!
This particular jersey is the ‘Cherry’ colour option with it’s deep cherry red body and red, orange and purple stripe detail.
The quality is superb with great stretch and flexibility that allows you to ride all day in warm weather without any discomfort and provides total ventilation when pushing hard. We tested this jersey for over 100 miles of mixed weather riding and can say without a doubt that this jersey is excellent value priced at just £69.99.
PROS: Classic looks, superb value, great fit, performance fabrics, fantastic colour range and looks very unique out on the road.
CONS: Not deal breakers, but we missed a secure zip pocket and silicone grip to the hem.
Quality and Comfort
As soon as you take this jersey out of its packaging you immediately notice the deep rich colours which look amazing. The colour selection of the stripes perfectly compliments the cherry red jersey and with the colours continuing on the arm cuffs, this jersey stands out from many other mainstream brands.
Put on the jersey and you immediately feel the quality and lightness of the fabrics. The sleeves are almost unnoticeable as they effortlessly slide up your arms with a good length to the sleeve. The jersey fits true to size with a slim and nicely cut shape which sits nicely against your torso. The body has a good length which feels perfect for all types of riding and provides UV sun protection for when the sun decides to show its face.
Once you are out riding it’s easy to forget you are even wearing this jersey because of its great fit and lightweight fabrics. The collar fits nicely around your neck and the full length zip is easy enough to adjust while riding. The three rear pockets are easy to access and are deep enough for your usual spares and gels etc. A zipped security pocket would be nice but not a necessity.
One little niggle was not having any silicone grip to the rear hem. While riding without anything in the rear pockets, the jersey repeatedly rose up the body making you feel like you want to keep pulling it down. When weighted down with spares, a phone and an energy bar this was not a problem so I guess it depends what you like to take on your ride. But this is not a deal breaker for a superb jersey at this price point.
Made with lightweight fabrics which are extremely breathable in warm weather, the Club jersey is a great summer performer. We rode this in temperatures between 15°C to 22°C and found it very light and cool to wear. We did not notice any major problems with underarm temperature or sweaty patches around the back and shoulders. Overall the jersey does exactly what a lightweight summer jersey should do… provide protection and ventilation for total riding comfort.
Being slim fitting the jersey feels very aero and no noticeable flapping of fabric could be felt on high speed descents.
Size and Fit
As soon as you put this jersey on you can feel it is going to be a great fit. The size on review is a small which is the size I would normally wear in most brands. The fit is slim and provides plenty of flexibility and movement without being too restrictive. The arms as mentioned before, provide a good length which is a favourite of ours with modern jerseys.
Our only complaint in size and fit, and maybe it’s just my lack of muscles, but during riding the sleeves were prone to riding up my arms a little, despite being a good slim tight fit and long length. They don’t ride up enough to be a problem or to be uncomfortable, but whenever I stopped riding I felt as if I should be pulling them back down my arms.
Overall the Club jersey is a great size and nice slim fit. Stick to their size chart and you can’t go wrong!
Value for Money
For £69.99 you get a great fitting, beautiful looking, top performing jersey which looks real sharp out on the road. Clearly outperforming many mainstream brands who overcharge for inferior kit, Chapeau is a brand that is spot on with their pricing, providing affordable performance apparel for the discerning rider. At this price you might as well go and treat yourself to their Club bib shorts and then you’ll look extremely dapper!
Keep in mind Chapeau also offer a free crash replacement scheme which presents superb value if you ever suffer from a spill.
If there’s a colour that takes your fancy, don’t wait to decide if this is the right jersey for you, go buy it and wear it with pride. For a lightweight, well made and stylish jersey, the Club logo jersey by Chapeau is a superb addition to your cycling collection.
We definitely recommend checkout out their bib shorts which were also on review.