Café du Cycliste is a young French cycling clothing company based in Nice. With its testing ground taking in locations fit to set roadies drooling, the brand’s website even has a section dedicated to ride routes should you get the chance to visit the Alpes Maritimes and surroundings.
We’ve been testing some of the company’s 2015 summer range and signature items (though not around the Côte d’Azur, sadly), with our first impressions being pretty positive. The clothing is definitely designed for the ‘lifestyle’ market, rather than riders with elite racing aspirations, with some pleasing attention to detail setting it apart from the herd.
Tiny holes make space for your earphones. The collar is nice and high to keep you protected from the sun. The sleeve length is flattering and the edging adds to the relaxed feel – although I did find it scrunched up a bit if I put another layer over the top.
The Violette is designed to be worn with the Antoinette bib shorts, which we’ve reviewed separately, but you could pair it with stable bib shorts or three-quarters from another brand and it would still look the part – something that’s increasingly difficult with the number of matchy-matchy sets on offer from other companies.
Conclusion: impressive, understated comfort
Subtle logos and a slimming fit
The Violette jersey suits a rider who wants to feel comfortable without looking either shrink-wrapped or like a billboard. The weight of the material is suited to mid-season use, or people who prefer the moisture-wicking properties of wool to feathery garments in extreme heat. It’s currently only available in Laurel Green, (unlike our sample) but updates to the range are due as the northern hemisphere spring approaches.
The fit and materials of the Violette remind me of the Rapha Lightweight Jersey I put through its paces tested last year (AU$185, US$175, £110.00, no longer available). At AU$164 / $164 / £104 the Violette is comparably priced – you could, obviously, buy two cheaper jerseys for the same spend, if you’re after a finer-tuned fit and performance we reckon you won’t regret shelling out for a garment that’s become one of our go-tos.
|Name||Women's Violette jersey|
|Brand||Cafe du Cycliste|
|Clothing Material||Merino Polyester|
|Available In (Mens/Womens)||Womens|
|Additional Zipped Pocket||Yes|