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The MAAP Training Jersey is a versatile top that wicks and breathes well, whether worn alone or under layers. It's perfect for cooler summer rides and on into autumn and spring. The fit is great too – so long as MAAP's traditionally short bodies suit you.
I have tested several MAAP jerseys over the last few years, and this one has the hallmarks I've come to expect: it looks cool, it wicks and breathes very well, and for some reason it's about an inch shorter than any other jersey on the market.
This jersey is definitely a bit of a do-all, a daily wearer that works alone, under or even over other stuff.
I began reviewing this in the extreme heat towards the end of the summer, which was actually unpleasant – 30°C or more is not really its natural habitat. However, as the weather became more normal (15-25 degrees) it became great by itself, and in such conditions it wicks and breathes well. When temperatures dropped I could stick arm warmers below it, beef up the thermal underlayer and keep going.
The fit is almost aero, but not as aggressive in terms of the cut. It has fairly long arms and a close cut, but traditional seam placement and a lot of stretch – so there's no feeling of restriction. As mentioned though, it does come up shorter than most, so watch out if you have a longer torso.
I like the material a lot – its stretch doesn't leave it feeling thin or flimsy. It sits comfortably against the body, and as it's recycled it can sit more comfortably in the mind, too – you can get over any consumer guilt when you buy it.
Okay, it's personal, but I like the styling. The simple front is matched to some equally clean but attractive designs on the back, where there's a large reflective logo and a bold orange highlight.
You also get three regular pockets and a zipped compartment on the outside of the righthand one. I found them secure and well sized.
Below this there is also a very effective silicone gripper running around the entire waist.
The asking price of £130 puts it up there with offerings from other designer brands. For instance, the Castelli Essenza jersey I reviewed is £140 and offers broadly comparable qualities, although the cut is a little more relaxed.
Alternatively the Gore Distance Jersey Men's is £119.99 and similar in terms of material and qualities, though our reviewer Stu was a little disappointed that it isn't available in brighter colours.
I was impressed with this jersey. It's no-nonsense in its function, but very good looking in its form. Breathability is good, wicking is excellent, and it works with layers or by itself. It comes up shorter than others, but it's a MAAP and that's now par for the course – if both that and the premium price work for you, this will serve you well.
Versatile, effective and very stylish jersey that works for all but the hottest or coldest conditions
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road.cc test report
Make and model: MAAP Training Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
MAAP says, "The Training Jersey is your ultimate training partner, day in, day out. Making the transition to recycled yarns, the Training Jersey is constructed from a durable recycled ultra-soft knitted fabric and sustainably manufactured with the bluesign system. Moisture-wicking, breathable and lightweight to help keep you fresh even when the intensity is high."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Recycled Ultra-soft knitted Italian fabric
Bonded rear pocket edge construction
Set in sleeve for superior fit
Back side zip stash pocket
Signature MAAP zip pulls
MAAP Training graphics on front and back
Low profile collar
Internal elastic waist hem with MAAP silicone logos
Fabrics are sustainably manufactured with the bluesign SYSTEM
Stitching seems strong and the stretch in the material reduces pull on the seams.
Impressive wicking and breathability.
Feels like it could survive a few crashes if needed.
Nice cut and arm length, though it's shorter than many jerseys (as is typical of MAAP).
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy - chuck it in at 30 and line dry. I had no problems.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It is useable in a variety conditions and layers well. It's perfect for an everyday jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The design - it's simple but impactful.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
If I weren't used to MAAP's obsession with short jerseys I might find it annoying.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
£130 puts it up there with the premium brands, and it has the style and quality to compete.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a very good training jersey that can easily be used year round. It also looks good and is made from recycled materials, which goes some way to assuaging my millennial consumer guilt.
About the tester
I usually ride: CAAD13 My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
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: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.