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The Craft Cadence QOM Recycled Performance Jersey is a great entry-level option for female riders. It's close-fitting and sustainable thanks to the certified recycled materials, but the QOM (Queen of the Mountains) name doesn't best sum up this jersey – it doesn't have a race cut, and nor is it super light and breathable specifically for climbers.
The 83% polyester, 17% elastane blend of the QOM is very stretchy and soft against the skin – it feels nice, and also meets the Global Recycling Standard (GRS).
The QOM jersey is cut in what Craft Cadence calls a 'comfortable fit' that's suitable for casual riding and club runs. That does seem to differ slightly from the 'Performance' and 'QOM' naming though – Queen of the Mountain is top spot on Strava's female leaderboards.
It lacks the short-fronted cut of racier jerseys too, which are shaped to work in an aggressive crouch. That's not to say it's excessively long either – it doesn't drop as low as Gore's Curve Jersey, for example.
A 2cm silicone hem at the dropped rear keeps the jersey in place nicely, and at the front it's unnoticeable when riding. The rest of the fit is relaxed but still rather close-fitting - it's absolutely not going to flap about. Overall, the cut is just about right for a mix of riding from interval days to long steady ones with the café stop as the focus.
The sleeves are made from the same stretchy material found in the main body, and extend halfway down the arms – a good length for easy armwarmer pairing. However, the sleeve ends are bulky. The stitching combined with a slightly tight fit results in some discomfort.
Breathability is okay, but the collar rises a little higher than I prefer on a summer jersey.
Round the back you get three evenly-sized pockets. They're not very stretchy, which helps keep items secure, but they're all quite narrow – there's not much space for a wind jacket or waterproof. Some designs, such as Velocio's Foundation, have a usefully wider middle pocket for doing so.
The pockets lack the sloping sides that make access easier on the go, but there is a handy fourth zipped pocket for storing valuables. A reflective strip spans the middle pocket for a touch of visibility, too.
The stitching, fabric and the SBS zipper all feel solid and I've had no wear issues – although I wouldn't expect so after just a month's use and washing.
As well as the teal with black dots version I had on test, there's a Black, Pink or Teal option with a white stripe across the chest.
At £64.99, the QOM jersey is reasonably priced for its recycled fabrics and overall build, although you can get a lot more for not a lot more money.
Velocio's Foundation Jersey costs £74 and is also 100% recycled. It has a wonderful, relaxed yet tailored fit, a summery collar (i.e. no collar) and better pockets. The only downside is the shortness of the sleeves, which makes it harder to combine with arm warmers.
La Passione's £80 Duo Jersey also has a great fit, wonderful laser-cut sleeves and is much more breathable, although it doesn't have a zipped valuables pouch.
This is a good quality jersey made from soft materials that are all recycled. A slightly looser fit at the sleeve ends would improve the jersey's overall comfort, but beyond that, there's little to dislike.
Well-priced jersey made from recycled fabrics, but more relaxed than the QOM naming would suggest
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Cadence QOM Recycled Performance Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
Craft Cadence says: "This jersey is the one for you if you are looking to combine sustainability, responsible sourcing and performance all in one package for your cycling adventures."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Craft Cadence lists:
100% Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certified recycled technical fabric that is both sustainable and high performing
Zip guard to prevent zipper discomfort while riding
Comfortable fit that is suitable for casual riding and club runs
Reflective trims on the back for night time visibility
High quality full length SBS zipper
Three easy-to-access rear pockets with additional zipped pocket
Extra thick 2cm silicone hem gripper for tight fit and improved stability.
Feels solid, no issues so far.
Not racey like the QOM name might suggest. But it has a spot-on relaxed fit around the body, although it is slightly too tight at the cuffs.
Comfortable close fit around the main body, the sleeve ends are a little tight, though.
A sustainable option at a lower price than many.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All good when machine washed at 30 degrees with everything else.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Well – it's soft, not baggy in any area, stays in place and has a useful zipped valuables pocket. The cuffs are a little uncomfortable though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The 100% certified recycled fabrics.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fit and stitching at the sleeve ends.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Very well priced for a sustainable jersey, although you can get better performing summer layers for not much more. For example, Velocio's Foundation jersey costs £74, and La Passione's Duo Jersey is £80.
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 good quality jersey made from soft materials that are all recycled. It's handy having the zipped valuable pocket. A slightly looser fit at the sleeve ends would improve the overall comfort, but other than that it's great.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road 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: road racing, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track
Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.