At road.cc every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective. While we strive to ensure that opinions expressed are backed up by facts, reviews are by their nature an informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores: it reflects both a product's function and value – with value determined by how a product compares with items of similar spec, quality, and price.What the road.cc scores mean
Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad.
A bit out of shape to join Team Sky? Custom clothing manufacturer VO2 could have just the kit for you with their Team Pie strip.
Loaded with satire towards the love 'em or hate 'em top flight pro team, the Team Pie long sleeve jersey mimics the colourways of the Rapha kit with tweaks to the branding. Piearello riders for once will have a top to wear with their logo on it.
Underneath all the jest though is a serious bit of kit, made from the same material used in the rest of their custom kit range. The fabric is exclusive to VO2 who say it has superior comfort and moisture management for wicking sweat away from the skin. The material is very thin, thinner than I've ever known a long sleeve jersey, but it is surprisingly warm even on days when the temperatures are hanging around single figures.
Push the effort and you don't seem to get overly hot in it though. Any heat that does build up quickly dissipates and the fabric is dry again within minutes.
You get a dropped tail that's long enough for a proper racing tuck. It also stays in place thanks to the pressure from the elasticated hem. Up above that are three pockets that will take pretty much all you'll need for a training ride. They are a good depth and things like a mini pump will stay put even when you're crouched right over.
The full-length YKK zip makes controlling your temperature easy and didn't snag or stick over the test period. This ends at a decent height neck that'll stop the drafts without digging into your throat.
On the whole it's a well made jersey with tidy stitching and so far it's certainly shrugging off any scuffs or daily wear and tear.
Sizing covers a broader range than most going from XS to 4XL and the cut is rather relaxed. I'm a medium in most brands but a switch to small would have fit me slightly snugger.
Overall the Team Pie range of kit is about having a bit of fun but VO2 haven't scrimped on the quality or performance because of that. It's good quality and as part of a layering system will easily get you through three seasons of the year.
First impressions were that it was overpriced going on how thin the material was. I didn't think it would be warm enough or strong enough but it's proven me wrong on both counts.
Fun take on the world of cycling but with impressive enough performance to not be classed as a joke.
If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the road.cc Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website
Make and model: VO2 Sportswear Team Pie Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Medium, Black/Blue
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Custom club kit aimed at people who don't want to take things to seriously but that's not to say the kit isn't a top performer.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Exclusive VO2 moisture management fabric for superior comfort and wicking sweat away from the skin
100% permanent UV protection yarn
Three rear pockets
Separate side panels
No annoying label tags at the neck
Elasticated Rear Waste-line to stop the jersey riding up
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Good, its a lot warmer and harder wearing than I expected.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The sizing is a bit generous.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
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,
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!