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Road Holland The Edam Midweight Long Sleeve Jersey



Good quality wool-mix jersey with comfortable fit and lots of pocket space

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There are a few manufacturers out there using Sportwool and similar fabrics to make comfy jerseys and the Road Holland Edam is a good one. It's comfortable and performs well on the bike, and it's pretty hardy too.

Sportwool uses a fine weave of merino wool next to your skin and a thicker polyester layer on the outside. The wool is really good at moisture management, wicking sweat effectively, plus it's naturally antibacterial. The polyester layer is tough and holds its shape better than a pure merino fabric would, which is good news if you like to fill your jersey pockets.

The Edam is available in six colours, with contrasting trim. It has a full length zipper, and shaped cuffs and a dropped rear contribute to a comfortable fit on the bike. At the back the available pocket space is split into two pockets rather than three. If you don't carry much gear with you then your stuff might rattle around in the big pockets, but the flipside is that it's much easier to stow a jacket or something bulky. There's a zippered pocket for your phone too, and reflective piping across the tops of the pockets for after-dark visibility.

Sometimes I like the two pockets better than three, and sometimes I wish there was a central pocket i could fill up without leaving me feeling lop-sided. So I guess I'm ambivalent on whether it's a good thing or not. The faster your ride, and the less you're carrying, the less effective it is compared to the standard layout. The fabric is stretchy but not to the same level as pure merino, so you can load up the pockets without the jersey hanging too low.

I've worn the Edam for a variety of riding and it's a versatile top that's comfy next to the skin and wicks well. Left to breathe as an outer layer, or underneath a good quality breathable shell, it's very effective at keeping you dry even when you're working hard. Cover it with something more barrier-like, a rain cape for instance, and the relatively heavy fabric can get a bit swamped at times. It's not quite as quick to dry as a fully synthetic jersey at times but it's pretty good.

The merino layer certainly cuts down on the smells post-ride, and it's easy to wash on a normal cycle. The tough outer weave it still looking its best after repeated passes through the machine. It's a quality garment, comfortable and stylish. It's certainly not a cheap jersey at not much under £100 but it's not the most expensive Sportwool-type jersey out there, and it's nicely made and lasting well.

A quick word on sizing: I'm wearing the medium which is a good fit on me (1.90m, 93kg). I'm not a medium though, I'm a large. So if you want a close fit, it's probably a good idea to size down.


Good quality wool-mix jersey with comfortable fit and lots of pocket space

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Make and model: Road Holland The Edam Midweight Long Sleeve Jersey

Size tested: Medium, Silver Grey

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

You might know the name Edam from cheese, but this jersey is anything but cheesy. It's made from our signature 61% Poly / 39% Merino Wool blend that is perfect in cool but not arctic cold conditions. An inner layer of Merino wicks moisture away from the skin while an outer layer of polyester helps that same moisture to quickly evaporate.

A full zip means you can easily put the Edam on over a base layer and vent it if you get too hot. Additionally, the Edam features a new back pocket design with two large cargo pockets than can accommodate a shell and lots of other gear you might need. The exterior zippered pocket is large enough to fully encase a smart phone. Running along the top edge of the pockets is a reflective strip to help keep you visible at night.

The Edam features a very slight roomier cut than the Arnhem, our previous mid-weight long sleeve jersey. The extra room will easily accommodate a base layer but will not result in flapping fabric if worn alone. If you own a current Arnhem, we suggest to order the same size that fits you now and enjoy the extra slack.

The Edam comes in Royal Orange (with Navy Accents), Midnight Blue (with Orange Accents), Devil Red, Silver Grey, Grass Green and Road Black and is available in sizes XS to XXXL.

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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, a good Sportwool jersey at a fair price.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Comfy, well made, washes well.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not entirely sold on two pockets; fit is generous.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 190cm  Weight: 100kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track


Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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