The Monton Revo Rock Orange Thermal Jersey offers an excellent balance of warmth, comfort and breathability thanks to some great fabric choices, and with its slim cut it's definitely a jersey for those who like to ride hard throughout the winter months. It's also extremely expensive.
- Pros: Soft fabric, impressive warmth and breathability
- Cons: Very expensive
Like many clothing brands, Monton started out in 2002 manufacturing cycling kit for others before launching its own range in 2009. And it all looks pretty good too.
The Revo is made primarily from Stelvio fabric from the highly regarded Italian technical material manufacturer Miti SpA. Considering it's not overly thick, the Revo jersey was surprisingly warm, with rides of around 2-5°C requiring little more than a short-sleeved mesh summer baselayer beneath. It also works well blocking against cold winds as well.
Breathability is impressive too, with the layering as above feeling comfortable up to about 12°C before things start to get a bit clammy. You only really notice when you stop and start to cool down, though.
The rear panel and lower side panels are made from Stelvio with added carbon fibre, which is often touted as providing better wicking properties, so this could have something do with the great breathability.
All-round, the fabric is very soft and feels great against the skin, cosy, which is always a good way to start your ride when leaving a warm house and venturing out into the cold air.
The Revo has what Monton calls a Pro Fit, which is closely tailored to the body without being super-tight or for skinny riders only. It touches everywhere it needs to for aerodynamic benefit, with no flapping material, and with a dropped tail and arched front it's cut perfectly for time in the saddle.
Sizing comes up pretty much spot on to the chart on Monton's website, and it's available in XS through to 2XL.
You get a tall neck to stop unwanted draughts, plus there is plenty of length in the sleeves, with close cuffs to keep the wind out here too.
As you can see from the pics, the Revo has a full-length zip which Monton has taped behind to act as a baffle against the wind when the zip is done up.
Pocket-wise, you get the usual layout with three running horizontally across the rear and one zipped, waterproof one for valuables on the right hand main pocket.
The pockets are roomy, with taut fabric stopping heavy items from bouncing around. They are plenty deep enough to keep things from falling out.
Pricing is about the only real thing to stand in the way of the Revo scoring top marks across the board, because at £170 it is super-expensive (though still cheaper than Shimano's £200 S-Phyre Windresistant Jersey). In its defence, it is very well made, and has a great cut and impressive performance. At nearly £100 cheaper, though, you can get the excellent Kalf Club Thermal Jersey, which I was testing at around the same time. The Monton is probably a touch warmer, but not enough to justify the much higher price.
Even the Gore Power Windstopper Jersey manages to undercut the Revo's rrp, and that's a brand that normally sits towards the top end in terms of pricing.
At the time of writing, the Revo jersey is discounted to £120, and if you aren't a fan of this Rock Orange colour there are six more to choose from in a range of styles.
Very warm and breathable jersey with a great cut, but you pay for it
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Monton Revo Rock Orange Thermal Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
A thermal long sleeve jersey for when you don't need a jacket.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Winter 2017 Thermal Cycling Jersey
Italy Miti Stelvio Carbon back panel, back pockets and bottom side panels
Italy Miti Stelvio front panel, side panels, sleeves and external collar
Micro-vent fabric on inner collar and inner of back pockets
Full length zippers with Italy EB1 zipper cover tape
Italy EB1 epoxy elastic gripper band on hem to securely hold jersey in place while riding
Hi-vis reflective strip on lower back for improved safety
Three back pockets with an additional waterproof zippered pocket
*products stocked in Asian size - please see chart for conversion
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The white panels did get covered in dirty water from the roads but it washed up fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
As a jersey for cold, dry days it is hard to fault.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Soft, warm material.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, but not at full price.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Take the price out of the equation and there is a lot to like about the Monton Revo: a great fit, well made and cosy warm. It is very expensive, though, which brings the score down. If money is no object it's a lovely jersey – and if you can find it at a discounted price, even better!
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.