Stolen Goat's Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve Jersey is designed to keep you comfortable in temperatures between 6 and 16°C. It is wind resistant and water resistant, and its breathability is outstanding. I think it looks great, and for its rrp of £125 you're getting value for money.
Stolen Goat calls this a long-sleeve jersey; in writing this review I found myself comparing it to a lot of jackets, as our lovely reviews editor Tass pointed out. When does a long-sleeve jersey stop being a jersey and start being a jacket? I don’t know either; most, I think, would say the Orkaan is more towards the jacket end than the jersey end.
Just like the Climb and Conquer jacket we reviewed recently, Stolen Goat takes charge of design, and uses Bioracer for manufacturing this jersey. As Bioracer is renowned for making top notch cycling garments, that is a Good Thing.
The Orkaan is made from a Bioracer-designed material it calls Tempest. It is wind resistant and water resistant and has a soft, brushed Roubaix lining. That water resistance is baked into the fabric, instead of the result of a treatment – as a result, it should be more durable as it won't wash out after a bit of use.
It's not as warm, windproof or waterproof as the Climb & Conquer jacket I mentioned above, and nor is it designed to be. It’s a jersey, remember… The C&C is for arctic conditions, whereas the Orkaan comes into its own when it's not quite as cold out (Stolen Goat says 6-16°C) – conditions that can happen at any time of the year in the UK. I've certainly been using it a lot since I've had it in for review.
One of the benefits of its 'jersey-ness' perhaps, is that the Orkaan's breathability is outstanding; Stolen Goat really has judged the balance between windproofing and breathability just right. It's better than any softshell I've tried in this respect, including La Passione’s Duo and the Castelli Gabba 2.
The YKK cam-lock zip is not waterproof, nor are the seams taped, but the Orkaan is plenty waterproof enough to keep you dry in showery weather. In a full-on downpour a few weeks ago I did get soaked through, but these were the kind of conditions where most waterproofs wouldn't have kept me dry either. Even in this state, the Orkaan kept me warm enough to get home reasonably comfortably. Had the forecast been accurate and predicted these biblical conditions, I would have taken a waterproof, but as it happened, enduring it didn't end up in any drama.
I'm a medium size in anything non-Italian, at a weight and height of 77kg and 178cm respectively. Indeed, my numbers (with a 38in chest, a 34in waist and a 38in hip) on Stolen Goat's size chart put me in the middle of medium. Predictably, it fits me just right.
The Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve is not like the racing fit Jez described when he reviewed the short sleeve Race Tech version, it's a bit more relaxed than that. Stolen Goat describes it as 'an all day performance fit'. Translated, that means the fabric is really stretchy without being compressive; there is no excess fabric to get flappy and annoying.
That stretchy fabric means despite there being no silicone grippers at the hem, everything stays put.
There isn't a dropped back to protect you from road spray like the Castelli Gabba; some might see this as a negative. I prefer using mudguards to a dropped back for staying dry, so I prefer it this way. And remember, it’s a jersey…
There are the usual three pockets on the back, with a fourth, zipped pocket under the right hand one. Just like the Climb & Conquer, these pockets have a 'Pixel 100' reflective material. In normal circumstances, it puts a greyish sheen over the underlying colours; when you shine a light on them in the dark, the fabric reflects that light and makes you more visible.
Other little features like the zip garage, the lack of scratchy neck labels and the long, tight cuffs that make it easy to fit gloves over are just further evidence that this jersey has been carefully designed to be a pleasure to wear.
Several other colourways are available, though out of all of them I think the one we have on test looks best. There is a women-specific version too – women-specific fit, that is, not just different colours.
The Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve costs £125. That is not cheap for a ‘jersey’, but you are getting a lot for your money here; in fact, I think you’d struggle to find anything that does the same job as well for less.
The Le Col Aqua Pro Zero Jersey is more expensive at £145 and Liam thought the waterproofing didn't really work that well. Gore’s C5 Thermo jersey is cheaper at £99.99 but doesn’t have the Orkaan’s water resistance – if you want the extra protection of the C5 Gore Tex Infinium, it’ll cost you £45 more than the Orkaan.
Jersey or jacket? Compared to the La Passione Duo Winter Jacket we reviewed recently, which is the same price, the Orkaan is more breathable, more stretchy, less warm and, arguably, looks better.
For autumnal weather – conditions which can occur at any time of year in the UK – the Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve Jersey is near-perfect. It's reasonably waterproof, windproof and impressively breathable, and it looks great. It's obviously carefully designed and as a result it's a real pleasure to wear. I think that's an awful lot for your money.
Impressively breathable, wind-resistant and water-resistant long sleeve for spring and autumn
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Stolen Goat Men's Raggamuffin 20 Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
This is what Stolen Goat says:
Our men's Stolen Goat Orkaan Everyday Jersey (available in short & long sleeves) is the core of the stolen goat 'Orkaan Capsule System' – a range of kit enabling you to ride whatever the weather. Our Orkaan Capsule will keep you warm and comfortable on day-long rides.
Water & wind resistant fabric. The Tempest fabric is wind and water resistant. This protection is a characteristic of the material itself, not a treatment that will wash out with time. So no need to re-treat your jersey in the future; your jersey will remain consistently awesome.
Perfect 3 season riding. The fabric has excellent weather-resistant qualities and is still very breathable, giving superb performance in a wide range of cooler temperatures (from 6-16°c). You can pair the short sleeve version with Orkaan Armwarmers for the ultimate in flexibility.
Pixel 100 Reflective Rear Pockets. For riding in deteriorating light or gloomy conditions we have created the Orkaan Everyday Jersey with 'pixel 100' reflective back pockets. These become super reflective when met with headlights. Bright, punchy colours create a jersey that is equally stylish and safe during daylight hours.
Super soft brushed 'roubaix' lining. Luxuriously soft on the skin, the inner lining will keep you snug whilst racking up the miles.
Full-length YKK cam-lock zipper. You only notice a zip when it's bad. We exclusively use zips from YKK, the global leader in zip technology. These open and close easily with one hand and lock in place when pushed down.
Neckline zip protector. No matter how great the zip is, if it rubs against your neck all day long, it's annoying! A small zip garage at the neck takes care of that.
An extra zipped stash pocket. Just like our summer jerseys, these come loaded with an extra zipped water-resistant pocket for maximum protection and flexibility.
Heat transfer neck labels. Nobody wants a scratchy neck label so we use flat heat transfers instead of sewn-in labels. Nothing to stick out or irritate.
All day performance fit. Our Orkaan Everyday jersey has a less aggressive cut than our Orkaan RaceTech jersey. The fit is based on our popular Bodyline range. Ideal in any situation, from commuting to weekend warrior action.
Men's specific fit. Because men and women have different body shapes
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stolen Goat lists these features:
Water & wind resistant fabric.
Perfect for temperatures ranging from 6-16°c
Weatherproofing is manufactured into the garment (it won't fade with washing)
More relaxed fit than the Orkaan RaceTech jerseys
Four* pockets including one water-resistant pocket
Soft brushed lining for luxurious comfort
Aero but comfortable fit for all day performance
UV protected, 4-way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric
Reliable, covered, YKK camlock zips with neck garage for ultimate practicality
Stylish design with a selection of colours.
Pair the short sleeve version with the Orkaan arm warmers for ultimate flexibility.
Mens specific fit
Great fit. The collar hugs my neck, the body is nice and snug without being a full-on race fit, and the arm length is just right.
The medium is great on me – medium in anything non-Italian usually fits me bang-on.
It's become my go-to long sleeve jersey, I love it.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The washing instructions say this: "Wash before first use, hand wash 30 degrees, no fabric softener or bleach, do not wring, do not tumble dry and iron, avoid contact with velcro and raw* materials."
I ignored the handwash at 30 degrees bit, and just bung it in the wash at 40 degrees with the other clothes; it still looks new.
* This is a mistranslation from Dutch. What it means is "avoid contact with rough materials".
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's ace; it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The colours, fit and attention to detail that went into all the little things.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing comes to mind.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
I couldn't find any comparable jacket-type jerseys that were cheaper; plenty are more expensive. The Le Col Aqua Pro Zero Jersey is £145 and Liam thought the waterproofing didn't really work that well. Gore’s C5 Thermo jersey is cheaper at £99.99 but doesn’t have the Orkaan’s water resistance – if you want the extra protection of the C5 Gore Tex Infinium, it’ll cost you £45 more than the Orkaan.
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
For autumnal weather – conditions that can occur at any time of year in the UK – the Orkaan Everyday Long Sleeve is near-perfect. It's reasonably waterproof, it's windproof AND impressively breathable, and it looks great. It's obviously carefully designed and as a result it's a real pleasure to wear. For £125, you're getting an awful lot for your money: it's exceptional.
About the tester
I usually ride: All of them! My best bike is: Ribble Endurance SL disc
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: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Zwift