Review: Craft Cadence Recycled Performance Jersey Classic
The Craft Cadence Recycled Performance Jersey Classic is a flattering design with most of the features and details we expect from modern jerseys. It is also made from recycled polyester, which is becoming more and more popular. Love the fit and color, it wicks well and most of the details are top notch. However, while very comfortable, the fabric is more synthetic than some.
Compared to other recycled jerseys, including the Eco1 from Scimitar, the fabric is slightly thicker, which is not a bad thing (not that the Scimitar is showing signs of premature aging, a good year later) and bodes well for gravel, tours and similar rides on the wilder side.
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It’s slightly synthetic to the touch than a more traditional polyester jersey, but that’s not something I’ve noticed when wearing it, even directly against the skin.
I have been told that the polyester yarn meets the global recycling standard, which means it will have passed a strict test – not only regarding the durability of the materials, but good working conditions and environmental impacts. / chemicals are maintained and minimized throughout.
If teal isn’t your thing, black or orange are alternatives, or there’s the KOM in a two-tone teal / black design.
Fit and performance
On me the fit is snug but the racing snakes don’t, so a little more compassion for areas we may feel a little self-conscious about. The midrange is perfect for my 181cm, 70kg frame, with an option for thicker underwear and cuffs, which is good for later summer outings when temperatures can fluctuate.
A quick note on the seams. I hadn’t noticed them on the bike, so no comfort issues, but I was a little surprised by the subtle imprints left on my skin after a few hours.
The one-piece raglan sleeves combined with the stretch material guarantee freedom of movement around the shoulders.
Switching positions, grabbing snacks halfway through, or switching between hoods, drops and tops is effortless, while 2cm deep silicone grippers around the sleeves and hem keep them from rolling up .
I tested ours during a changeable August and feel like it hits most of the notes really well. The slightly heavier weight wasn’t a problem when it’s 25 degrees and fairly humid – a slight mist around your lower back, chest, and armpits, but for instant relief you can simply drop the zipper a few inches. The tag, while not as big as I would prefer, is still easy to use at high speeds and there is a ‘garage’ to prevent chafing when it’s at the top.
When the temperatures soar up to 20, I use a rear bottle filled with ice water for several hours for cool comfort – which the pockets fit very well.
On the other end of the scale, I’m often outside before sunrise and was pleasantly surprised at how well the jersey retains a welcome 12-13 degree heat and a cool breeze.
Around the back, the three deep rear pockets are better reinforced around the base than some, providing excellent support for heavier loads. I often carry an 800ml bottle and super zoom compact camera in my pockets – and sometimes a bottle of ice water – and there have been no issues with bouncing or ejecting when belted along. bridle paths and unpaved roads.
At the end of the patio, there’s a zipped annex for coins, keys, and other valuables (or sticky energy bar wrappers), but it’s difficult to use – it’s not specific to the Craft Cadence , and threading a cable tie or something similar through it fixes the problem.
I subjected ours to my usual regime of road driving and mixed terrain exploration, with fast and spirited track fun. So far, no signs of wobbling or similar superficial damage. Zippers always do their job very reliably, so nothing other than a big spill suggests that it won’t have a long, productive lifespan.
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There was the odd trace of oily patina along the front that hasn’t changed completely, even pre-washed with a bike cleaner degreaser, but you’d be hard pressed to see it. Otherwise, no bad surprise after washing at 30 degrees. He also suffered accidental domestic running at 40 degrees without any ill effects.
At £ 64.99, it’s good value for money compared to some – Pactimo’s Summit Aero, which is also made from recycled fabric, costs £ 100 (although it looks more like a jersey in high quality traditional polyester) and Lusso’s Dunsop short sleeve jersey, which I have also tested (full review imminent), is £ 70; it has a racing snake cut and great detailing, but it is not made from recycled materials.
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But the Scimitar Eco1 I mentioned earlier is cheaper at £ 55, and if you’re looking for something lighter say for the strongest of summer (next), Galiber’s Regale Ultralight is a very good model. thin but seemingly durable offering SPF 30 sun protection, again not made from recycled polyester, but a bit cheaper at £ 46.88.
Aside from a few minor points, the Craft Cadence is a solidly crafted jersey, with the added appeal of using upcycled fabrics and great touches. While I’m a little average on the slightly synthetic feel, it has never been uncomfortable or detracted from my enjoyment of driving.
Well-executed jersey for general riding, although a bit more synthetic than some recycled competitions
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Brand and model : Craft Cadence Performance Recycled Classic Jersey
Tell us what the product is for
Craft Cadence says, “This jersey is for you if you are looking to combine durability, responsible sourcing and performance in one package for your cycling adventures.
Tell us a little more about the technical aspects of the product?
Craft Cadence lists these key features:
Zip protector to avoid the discomfort of the zipper while riding
Comfortable fit suitable for casual riding and club racing
Reflective trims on the back for nighttime visibility
High quality full length SBS zipper
Three easy-access back pockets with additional zip pocket
2cm extra thick silicone hem clip for a snug fit and improved stability
Rate the product for build quality:
High quality fabrics, zippers and looks well made which bodes well for the long haul.
Rate the product for its performance:
Works well in all areas.
Rate the product for its durability:
Looks fresh (except for a few traces of oily patina, which is very difficult to spot) after several weeks of regular wearing and washing. No signs of wobbling or similar deterioration to date.
Evaluate the product for fit:
Nice fit for the general ride, and the midrange was perfect for me.
Rate the product for size:
Evaluate the product by weight:
Heavier than some but reassuring, and goes completely unnoticed on the bike.
Rate the product for its comfort:
The fabric is more synthetic to the touch than some recycled yarns, but it’s not noticeable, let alone intrusive, on the bike.
Evaluate the product for its value:
Is the product easy to maintain? How did he react to washing?
Very simple. Machine wash at 30 degrees, line dry. An oily patina has crept up the front and hasn’t completely gone away, but it’s incredibly weak. It also did home washing at 40 degrees without a problem.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its intended purpose
The overall performance has been impressive. The fit, while fitted, is slightly more relaxed than some, and comfortable for general handling. The fabric is ample stretch, allowing complete freedom of movement, and the pockets support heavier loads very well. The fourth, zippered, is a bit difficult to access, especially when riding – adding a cable tie through the tag is helpful.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Color, fit, fit and pocket depth.
Tell us what you didn’t particularly like about the product
Small dots but the zipped pocket label is difficult to access but easily correctable. The fabric is more synthetic to the touch than some, but does not detract from the comfort.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
That’s pretty good: Pactimo’s Summit Aero costs £ 100, while Lusso’s Dunsop short sleeve jersey costs £ 70 and has great detailing but isn’t made from recycled materials. But the recycled Scimitar Eco1 cycling jersey is cheaper at £ 55, and if you’re looking for something lighter, say for the strongest of (next) summer, Galiber’s Regale Ultralight jersey is very thin but apparently durable. , and offers 30 SPF sun protection; again, it’s not made from recycled polyester, but it’s a bit cheaper at £ 46.88.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? For the most part, yes.
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a very good jersey for the price, with nice touches and a solid overall performance.
I usually drive: Rough Stuff Tourer Based on a Univega 4130 MTB frame My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including the Cross and Traditional Road
I have been driving since: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would classify myself as: Experimented
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed / single speed, mountain bike,