Coal Jersey by ATOUT
Velo Insider Rating
Everyone needs at least one ‘black jersey’ in their arsenal of cycling kit, and the ‘Coal’ jersey by Atout is one very special jersey ideal for summer cycling! With it’s lightweight fabrics and full range of features, this is the perfect no-nonsense all-round choice for looking and staying cool. If this jersey is anything to go by, Atout are producing some very high quality cycling apparel that’s more than worthy of your attention.
PROS: Extremely lightweight and breathable, looks superb, includes that all important security pocket!
CONS: None that we found.
Quality and Comfort
The fabric choice of the Coal jersey has been well thought out, with it’s lightweight body and highly ventilated mesh arms, you get a jersey which feels and looks superb when compared to many traditional polyester fabrics. The quality of manufacture is very high with a good choice of waistband elastic and gripper which is super-sticky, keeping the jersey firmly fixed in place on your waist. The quality of stitching is likewise superb with excellent attention to detail across all parts of the jersey. A full length YKK zip provides smooth and strong action, and the addition of a zipped security pocket at the rear is a welcome feature of any jersey, something we like to see being included these days!
Because you get premium lightweight fabrics, the comfort of the jersey is extremely good. It fits well, moves well and provides excellent ventilation. Despite the arms not having any silicone gripper, they stay in place very well without needing to be pulled down every five minutes.
Bearing in mind this is a very slim fitting aero/race cut jersey, the comfort is extremely good. Atout state this jersey features ‘MICROSENSE ® technology’ which provides antibacterial features for keeping you comfortable while riding.
The rear three pockets provide easy access with angled side pockets and a security zip which keep everything firmly in place while riding. The pockets are large enough to store your usual essentials without being too big and allowing your spares to slide around on your back.
Throughout the various rides this jersey was tested in, it provided the right level of comfort you would expect from a lightweight summer jersey, it allows you to ride without any distractions whatsoever.
The lightweight fabrics perform extremely well in warm weather, providing excellent levels of ventilation and cooling. The lightweight fabric almost has a transparent look to it, you can see from our photographs that this is a summer jersey designed for serious temperatures.
While riding, the Coal jersey allows you to perform at your max without feeling restrictive, you can feel the fabric allowing your back and chest to breath with sweat and moisture being wicked away from your skin.
The lightweight mesh arms also do a great job at keeping you cool throughout your ride, as well as feeling free and unrestricted while moving around.
Size and Fit
The size on review is a Small (89-93cm chest) and fits my 92cm chest extremely well. Bearing in mind this is a slim aero/race cut jersey you will want to double check your size with their size charts. Their sizing is true to size, so if you like it tight order your usual size, if you like it relaxed then size up!
The body length is just right for a race cut jersey, the body fits very well around your torso and waist, and the collar is a nice fit for an average size neck. The arm length is good although this is the one feature we would like to change, it’s not a negative point, these days we prefer to see longer short length sleeves which sit closer to the elbow. Another 3-4cm in length and the sleeves would be perfect for our preference!
The fit is also extremely good for pocket placement, the three rear pockets and security pocket are ideally located for easy access.
Value for Money
Price at €72 (Approx £64 GBP / $84 USD) we think this is a superb jersey worth every penny. We love to see brands like Atout producing such high quality apparel at great prices. With an abundance of quality fabrics, features and great fit, this is a jersey you’ll get many miles of happy riding from.
This is a jersey worthy of everyone’s attention, in fact we like this jersey so much it’s got us wondering how good their other ranges of kit are. The Coal jersey provides great fit, excellent comfort and boasts a wide range of features which really make it stand out from many other brands.