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Twin Six The Queen of the Mountain jersey

8
£80.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Visually arresting and technically competent cold weather jersey
Weight: 
265g

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Every now and again a really stunning jersey comes along. I was genuinely quite beside myself when I saw this latest addition to the range of QOM polka dot kit that Twin Six have done so well with over the last few years. There have been short sleeved jerseys, shorts and even socks, all displaying those inspirational/tongue-in-cheek signature spots.

This is a cold weather jersey, designed for deep winter layering or wearing alone on chillier spring and autumn days. The fabric is a waffle style brushed synthetic, to give extra moisture wicking properties, there are three deep pouch pockets at the rear, displayed in a nice touch, in a contrasting bright red colour. The good quality YKK zip is full length.

On the bike, this was, ahem, spot on for chillier rides, with a gilet on over the top, or just on its own, depending on the conditions. The fabric really does wick moisture incredibly well, keeping skin nice and dry, so it's ideal on its own, rather than with a layer over the top to potentially interfere with the moisture transport.

The fit and cut are neat and contoured without being tight, and there's good length in the body and sleeves, while the tail is nicely shaped to keep the jersey in place even without gripper tape. The zip moves freely but a slightly bigger zip pull be nice to make it easier to adjust while wearing full-fingered gloves. The pockets are good and deep, but I'd always prefer to see a small zipped security pocket somewhere, for a door key or the like, and this doesn't have one.

It's an incredibly comfortable jersey to wear, soft next to the skin, but also effective at moving moisture away to prevent chilling. Visually, it'll definitely get you noticed, and maybe might just inspire a bit more effort when climbing that next hill? Sadly, I didn't experience a marked improvement in climbing skills when wearing this jersey - no new QOMs were acquired.

Verdict

Visually arresting and technically competent cold weather jersey

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Twin Six The Queen of the Mountain jersey

Size tested: Large - Black

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?

Aimed at cold weather use.

Does the trick very well.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

100% polyester

YKK full length zip

3 rear pouch pockets

Well made from good quality materials.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

A good weight for a thermal jersey.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10

Very comfortable, both in terms of shape and fabric.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

About standard for a higher quality long sleeved jersey.

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

Performed admirably as a cold weather jersey.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Style, fabric, cut.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, although a small zipped security pocket somewhere would have been useful.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, a lot.

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely, or drop hints for it as a present.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No, it's all mine!

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

A great looking, well-performing cold weather jersey.

Should last well if washed appropriately.
Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Wicked moisture very well indeed, leaving skin dry and a good stable temperature. Not too warm for 3 season use.
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi  My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

 

Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

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