Standout graphics will always divide riders into those that love them and those that, well, don’t. We’ll confess to ﬁnding something of a 1970s winter Olympics tracksuit look about this top, but it’s actually much better looking on than off.
The cut of the shoulders and arms is very good; roomy with lots of movement, without being too big. We like the way it sits and stretches with you through every move. However, for all its cycling speciﬁcity – it has a rear stash pocket and hem gripper, for example – it can still come up a tad short in the sleeves and back on taller testers. More regular shapes will be ﬁne.
The fabric is a substantial mid-weight with a relatively harsh outside, but it’s ﬂexible on the bike and the inside is very comfortable with an almost cottony feel. It’s great stuff, warm without being stuffy and very comfortable both on and off the bike.
The construction quality and speciﬁcation is ﬁne without being ﬂashy or even inspiring – some felt as if The North Face kind of phoned this design in. However, if you value simplicity, it’s strong.