Monton's Urban+ Meteor short sleeve jersey is a good option for the warm weather, offering a decent level of wicking and coming in a close-to-body fit so there's no flapping.
The Meteor is mainly made from polyester/elastane that has a grid structure with thousands of tiny square indentations where the fabric is less thick than the areas that surround them, giving a textured finish. Much lighter-weight mesh is used for the panels on the underside of the sleeves and the tops of the side sections.
The sleeves and collar are a different fabric again, this time striped Lycra with almost see-through lines running lengthways. This style is all over the place at the moment.
The combined effect is that this jersey keeps you feeling fairly cool on a hot ride. There are certainly jerseys with more ventilation out there – such as Le Col's Pro Air Jersey that we reviewed recently – but this one lets a reasonable amount of air in while wicking sweat away pretty well and drying quickly. It's not exceptional in that respect, but it's good.
The Meteor is made to Monton's Pro cut which is slim throughout, including the sleeves. Even the skinniest cyclist isn't going to experience any bagginess here while chunkier folk will also get a good fit too thanks to loads of stretch all round.
A gripper band holds the end of each sleeve in place comfortably, a zillion little silicone dots on the inside stopping it from slipping on sweaty skin. I'm not sure if you can see it in the pics but the writing on the left arm gripper says 'To be unique', which raises more questions than it answers, if you ask me.
The bottom hem is elasticated for a close fit and there's more silicone down here, this time in the shape of a repeated Monton name and logo. Again, it works well to keep everything where it should be.
The front zip is from YKK and comes with a large, easy-to-grab puller and a tape behind it at the top end for a little extra comfort. If you want to open the zip a little to let some more air in, it'll stay obediently wherever it's positioned rather than gradually working its way open.
You get just three pockets in the lower back, old school style – there's no extra zipped pocket for your valuables here. The tops of those pockets are elasticated to help keep everything safely stowed. The fact that the fabrics used throughout are super-stretchy made me wonder whether the pockets would sag when fully laden, but the jersey's slim fit stops that from happening, drawing everything in close.
You get a reflective tab at the back for extra safety too, although it's positioned on the left-hand side of the left-hand pocket, which isn't the best place for those countries where we ride on the left, facing more towards the verge than towards the traffic. Still, it's better than nothing.
The Meteor has an RRP of £110 but it is currently reduced to £75 on Monton's website. I'd say that £110 would be expensive for what you get here – it's more than quite a few of the well-rated jerseys we've reviewed recently – but that £75 is pretty good.
Overall, this jersey has a lot to recommend it. The cut is slim and comfortable, the fabrics are good and so is the price, as long as you get it at the reduced level.
Slim-fitting jersey offering a decent level of ventilation and wicking
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Monton Urban+ Meteor SS jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
It's a slim-fitting short sleeve jersey for the summer.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Monton lists these features:
* Pro Fit ensures no restrictions in movement
* The unique jacquard structure of grid lycra on main body panels is soft, stretchable and has excellent wicking ability
* Shell mesh fabric underarm provides excellent wicking and ventilation
* Striped lycra collar and sleeves embraces muscles and allows for good stretch
* Micro-vent fabric on inner collar and back middle panel is lightweight, breathable, quick drying and provides excellent ventilation
* Italy EB1 elastic waistband and Monton 2018 gripper holds jersey in place while riding
* Italy soft elastic power band cuff
* YKK smooth sliding zipper with zipper cover tape to avoid friction between zipper and skin
* Reflective piping detail for added safety in dim lighting
* 3 rear pockets with additional zippered pocket for storing valuables
That last one is incorrect; there's no zippered pocket.
It's a slim fit but the stretchy fabrics mean there's no restriction.
I found Monton's sizing chart to be accurate.
At RRP it's expensive; the currently reduced price is fair.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
It goes through the washing machine at 30°C and comes out absolutely fine.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I wouldn't say the performance is exceptional but it's good without anything to worry you.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The slim, comfortable fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There are no real issues here.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly, although there's a lot of competition at this price point.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above.
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a clear 7. Although not exceptional, the performance is good throughout. It's expensive at rrp, but the reduced price is a fair one.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.