I7A3O7E Echelon Jersey by Isadore Apparel
Velo Insider Rating
A super minimalist jersey that looks like a stealth fighter and makes you ride like one too. Designed with a great mix of fabrics and a super aero fit, this is an ideal choice for those who like to ride fast and look sharp. However, the quality of stitching has let this one down big time.
PROS: Superb fabrics, coldblack technology for cool riding, killer looks and a super aero fit.
CONS: Poor stitching in several areas makes this an expensive let down.
Quality and Comfort
As soon as you pick up this jersey you can feel the quality of the fabrics being used to make this super aero performance jersey. We especially like the arm and side panel fabric which creates a significant amount of ventilation for warmer rides. The fabric freely moves with your every turn and is extremely comfortable (if you choose the right size… more on that later). The arms provide a good length and despite not having gripper to them they seem to stay in place very well thanks to the length and fit.
However on this particular jersey we have been let down by poor stitching in several places around the hem and neck. We know every now and again there might be the odd product that can suffer from a manufacturing mishap, however we are disappointed to see stitching breaking and coming away in several areas of the same jersey. We would say the thread used for the stitching is not adequate for the type of jersey this is, as it looks to snap when the fabric is being stretched, and for an aero jersey designed to fit tight to your upper body that’s just not good. We hope this is a one-off incident, if you’ve had the same problems, leave us a comment below!
This jersey is advertised as being ‘Super Durable’ so maybe it’s just a one-off. However if you don’t have any problems with quality, this is an awesome feeling jersey to wear in mild to warm climates with extreme comfort at all intensities.
The rear features 3 durable pockets, and we love the rear gripper band which has some nice reflective detail for added safety. The Echelon jersey also features a robust zip with a generous sized puller for easily adjusting during your ride.
The choice of fabrics makes this a great performer in a variety of mild to warm temperatures. The Coldblack technology provides a subtle reduction in temperature as well as UV protection while riding so you keep a little cooler despite you are wearing black which is extremely sun absorbing. The Sanitized fabrics also stay as fresh as possible providing bacteria and odour protection during riding which is great, let’s face it, not everyone washes a jersey after every ride so this is a nice feature, especially for those riding behind you!
While riding the Echelon jersey clings confidently to your torso with no flapping or bunching up of fabric. It cuts through the air like a skin suit with lots of ventilation which you can feel through the mesh-like side panels and arms. This is one of the top features of this jersey which we love the most!
Size and Fit
This is where you have to be careful as I would normally wear a small, yet Isadore’s size chart would put me in an X-Small (96cm chest). Now I like to think I’m slim enough to look good in a slim aero style jersey but this is far too tight. After trying the X-Small, I sized up to the small which fits extremely well, so bear this in mind when choosing your size. One slight discomfort is in the neck area, even on a small the neck when fully zipped up is a little tight when riding on the drops, possibly a problem for those with a large or saggy neck which I like to think I don’t have?
The overall fit is very comfortable with lots of movement in the arms and shoulders area leaving you free to ride, climb or sprint with ease. The 3 rear pockets are nicely made and easily accessible with lots of room for your usual gels, bars, spares and smartphone. The rear pockets are also nicely trimmed along the edge to provide a durable pocket that will last a good while before stretching or wearing out. There’s a headphone cutout in the centre rear pocket for channeling your headphones inside your jersey, as well as a small pouch in the centre rear pocket for separating any goodies you have stored away.
Value for Money
I7A3O7E Echelon Jersey is not cheap but also not the most expensive out there. At £140 GBP this is a jersey that has all the right aspects and features you would expect from high performance apparel by a brand such as Isadore, but poor stitching hinders the quality and value aspects of this jersey.
We really love this jersey and wish it had scored much higher than this, but no matter the cost, I couldn’t live with it if the stitching was to continue to fail. Hopefully this is an isolated case and if so then we would have expected to see this jersey scoring at least 9.5! We leave you to make your own decisions…
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