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Craft Monument Jersey



Highly breathable summer jersey with a great fit and acceptable price tag

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Craft has always managed to deliver decent products at a good price, but with the Monument Giro di Lombardia jersey it's gone a little bit further: an excellent product at a good price.

  • Pros: Breathable fabric keeps you dry and cool, flattering fit
  • Cons: Side pockets a little narrow

Craft's Monument range, which includes caps, jerseys and socks, pays homage to some of cycling's biggest Classic races like Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Flanders, plus this Giro di Lombardia option.


The race has been held in Italy around early October ever since 1905 and is nicknamed Classica delle foglie morte – or the Classic of the falling (dead) leaves. You knew all that, though, because it's written on the jersey!


The jersey is made using three different fabrics, with the bulk of it – the front and rear panels – comprising a large mesh which is just great for letting the wind through to remove unwanted heat and moisture. Perfect for those days when the temperature enters the 20s .


It's not so fine that you can't wear it on chillier days. With a mesh baselayer underneath I was still plenty warm enough down to about 15°C without the need for a gilet.

Under the arms you get a closer knit mesh, with the side panels and shoulders using a much tighter knit polyester/elastane mix for comfort and a close fit around the arms.


The cut itself is actually very flattering. It fits close but not like a full-on racer's jersey so if you aren't whippet thin it won't look out of place on you.

The fit works well on the bike, with a nice dropped tail keeping your back covered; even when you are in the drops there is no excess material flapping about or bunching up.


The neck is a decent height too, and the full zip fits snuggly into a garage for ultimate comfort.


Round the back you get a traditional line-up of three pockets across the bottom, which are reasonably deep and will hold most of the things you need to carry on the bike without sagging.


My only criticism is that I found the two outside ones a little restrictive to get my hand in easily while riding. A bit of a combination of the size of the opening and the tautness of the material.


At £85 the Monument jerseys aren't cheap, granted, but for the all-round quality and performance I'd say they're worth the money. When it comes to mesh style summer jerseys you can certainly pay more: Castelli's Aero Race 5.1 Jersey FZ priced at £100 or Rapha's £140 Pro Team Aero Jersey, for example. Okay, it's a little more race orientated than the Craft, but not by much.

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We've seen cheaper too: the Northwave Blade Air 3 is just £56.99 and scored a very excellent 4.5 stars. See more choices below.

On the whole, though, I'd happily pay £85 for the Craft Monument when taking everything into account.


Highly breathable summer jersey with a great fit and acceptable price tag test report

Make and model: Craft Monument Jersey

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Craft says, "Sublimated, elastic jersey with bodymapped mesh, active cooling and great fit."

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

From Craft:

Fabric 1: 100% Polyester 9%,

Fabric 2: 86%, Polyester 14% Elastane,

Fabric 3: 100% Polyester

3 rear pockets

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Sizing was absolutely spot on.

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

It has continuously washed up well without shrinking or any sign of wear and tear.

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

Great for riding in the sun, especially when the temperature is high.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The overall fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I found the outer pockets a little tight to access.

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

I'm a big fan of the Craft Monument jersey from its looks through to its overall performance and comfort. Slightly cheaper and this'd be a 9.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is:

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 team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 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. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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