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Pas Normal Studios Women’s Essential Long Sleeve Jersey

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£190.00

VERDICT:

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10
Sublimely soft jersey with good breathability but rather poor overall fit and a very high price
Supersoft and stretchy
Wide temperature range
Overlong sleeves & short front
Some pilling of the fabric
Quite a hefty price tag
Weight: 
257g

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Pas Normal Studios' Women's Essential Long Sleeve Jersey is a sublimely soft, mid-season top that keeps you warm when the temperatures plummet. But while the quality is generally good and the jersey does what it's meant to well, the fit is anything but standard, with overlong sleeves and a very short front.

> Buy now: Pas Normal Studios Women’s Essential Long Sleeve Jersey for £190 from PNS

Pas Normal Studios' Essential collection is a slightly more relaxed lineup than its Mechanism range, but even so the Essential Long Sleeve Jersey is still quite a figure-hugging and performance-orientated top.

2023 Pas Normal Studios Women's Essential Long Sleeve Jersey - back.jpg

Its fleece-backed, Italian-made grid fabric has a soft four-way stretch that feels super nice and cosy against the skin and is, in my opinion, the jersey's main selling point. But although it excels in comfort, that's about it – there is no real wind or rain protection on offer here.

Also, Pas Normal Studios says it has a pilling-resistant surface, but in a few months of testing the fabric has accumulated quite a few little bumps at various points.

You do get very decent breathability – I've mostly been pairing the jersey with a long-sleeve baselayer, and in cold and dry conditions I've found any moisture has evaporated effectively. Damper conditions are a tough bill for any jersey, but this one did quite well in staying warm even in wetter conditions.

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When it comes to its ideal temperature range, I'd say this jersey does quite well even in a relatively wide range of wintry conditions as long as it's dry (which it seldom is up in Scotland). I've paired it with an insulated gilet for extra warmth, and with a lighter baselayer for rides in low-teen temperatures, and as long as you can predict the weather, there's nothing to fault in terms of its performance.

It doesn't lack in features, either. At the back, you have three pockets with plenty of space for spares and extra layers, and there's also a reasonably sized zip pocket for keys and valuables. The pockets do sit a little high, but not quite as high as with some jerseys (Maap, mostly).

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The full-length front zipper has generous garages to prevent it from rubbing on the neck or at your shorts/tights, and the collar is slightly higher than most and is great at keeping the breeze at bay without feeling too restrictive.

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Everything has been stitched together neatly (though there are some untidy thread ends on the inside) and the quality of the work is good.

Though the design and quality are good – if not exceptional – I wasn't very impressed with the fit. Despite Pas Normal Studios saying the fit is relaxed, it still fits snugly. I usually size up on Pas Normal Studios, which meant I tested an S instead of an XS (the full range extends from XXS to XXL). This fitted well around the shoulders and waist, but a little loose around the sides, and the sleeves are very long. Long sleeves on a cold-weather jersey aren't at all a bad thing as you don't want a gap between your gloves and the sleeve. In this instance they were just a little too long, and I ended up with folds of fabric on the arms because of it.

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Another gripe I had with the fit was the front, which is quite short. The silicone gripper on the hem keeps the jersey in place, but I think for most people it will be a touch too short.

2023 Pas Normal Studios Women's Essential Long Sleeve Jersey - hem.jpg

Pas Normal Studios, hailing from Denmark, is quite well known as a stylish cycling apparel brand, and the Essential Long Sleeve jersey doesn't deviate from that. The colours it's available in are all very neutral and easy to pair with any shorts or tights. I tested the Dark Grey, but there are six other colours to choose from. I'm generally not keen on big brand logos, but I think if you spend £190 on a jersey then it's quite understandable that you might want to make your investment visible. The logo at the back of the jersey will leave no one guessing the make, and the same registered trademark has also been printed on the chest.

2023 Pas Normal Studios Women's Essential Long Sleeve Jersey - shoulders.jpg

Value and conclusion

What about value, then? Well, it's hard to find another mid-season jersey that is quite as expensive as this.

Emma really liked the Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey for its fit and lifetime repairs scheme and that's €145 (around £125). She also liked the 7mesh Women's Ashlu Merino Jersey LS, which isn't quite as warm as the Pas Normal Studios but does defy odours very effectively, and is 'only' £160.

Or there's Stolen Goat's Women's Green Kiko Bodyline LS Jersey for £130, which Emma again praised for its versatility and a pop of colour (though not its tight sleeves).

If the fit of the Essential jersey was better and there was no pilling of the fabric then I'd be less critical of its high price, but unfortunately that's not the case. If the fit works for you, then it's certainly a good jersey for layering up in colder temperatures and being comfy in spring and autumn, but I think that for most of us it could do with a little tweaking.

> Buy now: Pas Normal Studios Women’s Essential Long Sleeve Jersey for £190 from PNS

Verdict

Sublimely soft jersey with good breathability but rather poor overall fit and a very high price

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pas Normal Studios Women's Essential Long Sleeve Jersey

Size tested: Small

Tell us what the product is for

Pas Normal Studios says: "The soft and luxurious Essential Long Sleeve Jersey is perfect for spring and autumn rides.The Essential Long Sleeve Jersey uses a soft 4-Way stretch fabric in a jersey cut with a more relaxed Essential fit. The grid fleece back of the fabric insulates and helps with moisture management. Even when adding layers over or under the jersey.

The jersey is designed to combine seamlessly with the other elements in the Essential collection."

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

The main fabric consists of 83% nylon, 17% elastane and PNS lists:

Relaxed Essential Fit

Grid fleece-backed fabric with soft 4-Way stretch

Three rear pockets

Concealed zippered rear pocket with liner

Pilling-resistant surface

Fabric made in Italy

Made in Portugal

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Very good in a range of temperatures, with good breathability.

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Some pilling in places already.

Rate the product for fit:
 
6/10

Very long sleeves, short front. The body/torso part fits well otherwise.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10

I sized up from my usual XS on brands such as Rapha/Maap, and found that to be a good fit, though I think XS would have worked as well.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10

Very soft and comfortable.

Rate the product for value:
 
4/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Washes really well and doesn't smell.

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

Keeps you warm and insulated and is very comfortable to touch.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The softness and stretch of the fabric.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The short front and overly long sleeves.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Well, it's hard to find another mid-season jersey that is quite as expensive.

Emma really liked the Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey for its fit and lifetime repairs scheme and that's €145 (around £125). She also liked the 7mesh Women's Ashlu Merino Jersey LS, which isn't quite as warm as the Pas Normal Studios but does defy odours very effectively, and is 'only' £160.

Or there's Stolen Goat's Women's Green Kiko Bodyline LS Jersey for £130, which Emma again praised for its versatility and a pop of colour (though not its tight sleeves).

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes and no. The short front was annoying in cold temperatures.

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not necessarily, unless I knew they have really long arms.

Use this box to explain your overall score

In some ways it's great, but in others it falls short, so I'm going for 'quite good' overall; there are a few things that would need revising for the £190 price tag to be justified.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 30  Height: 164cm  Weight: 52kg

I usually ride: Specialized Tarmac Sl6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb, Ultra-distances

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for off-road.cc. She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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Rendel Harris | 1 month ago
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£190 for a jersey "quite" a hefty price tag? Feels like saying Mount Everest is "quite" a big mountain.

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brooksby | 1 month ago
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https://bikesnobnyc.com/2024/04/30/gonna-dress-you-up-in-my-ennui/

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But MAAP is practically Old Navy compared to Pas Normal Studios:

back in the 1990s there was a look the media dubbed “heroin chic:”

It was really less about heroin than it was about what happens when eating disorders and being attracted to minors collides, but in any case it was a distant memory until Pas Normal decided to bring it back–for cycling of all things, which is a pursuit best suited to the hale and hardy, not the wan and anemic:

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Dicklexic | 1 month ago
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Still yet to find a review on this site for ANY garment from PNS that doesn't basically come to the same conclusion. That is; it's generally nice looking gear using mostly high quality materials, but usually with an odd fit, and always overpriced.

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Secret_squirrel | 1 month ago
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Maybe its just me but that giant brand name is a horror show.  I consider myself fairly "up" on cycling brands but I've barely heard of them, certainly not enough to think the warrant a huge typeface across the back.

If Im dropping £190 (not that I ever would) I'd want something with a bit more class thank you very much.

I'll stick with Stolen Goat for my "brand-y" stuff and Galibier for my "value" stuff if its all the same to Pas Normal.

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S.E. replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 month ago
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I always thought companies should pay us for wearing a large logo and brand name, not the other way around! It's advertisement, and you should see how much the media ask for ads, and how much these brands pay popular racers!

But apparently average Joes like that, so we are losing our time protesting, all I can do is buy those Chinese AliExpress clothes, in addition to the cheap price, you can still find many of them without any brand!

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quiff replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 month ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

I consider myself fairly "up" on cycling brands but I've barely heard of them, certainly not enough to think the warrant a huge typeface across the back.

Surely the two go hand in hand - if you don't have much brand exposure then the huge typeface might help get the name out. E.g. my 2013 Canyon has Canyon (and, horror, "canyon.com") emblazoned on it in about 20 different places.   

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mdavidford replied to quiff | 1 month ago
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In this case, though, it's getting the name out and associated with crap design. 

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