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The Shutt Velo Rapide Stockholm is a quality summer jersey that is plenty breathable and has an excellent fit. For this sort of money, you'll be expecting top notch manufacturing and finish too, and that is exactly what you are getting.
The Stockholm jersey comes in four colours, all with a navy-blue lower section but with a choice of light blue, orange or red, alongside this pink option. I must admit I do like the pink – it's an eye-catching colour without having to go all high-vis.
Shutt VR has the Stockholm made in Italy from a fabric called Repetita, which is created from 100 per cent recycled yarns – basically, polyester regenerated from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from landfill and the oceans.
It feels very soft to the touch, and while I always wear a baselayer regardless of the weather, on the bits of skin exposed directly to the Stockholm I found it to be very comfortable. The fabric is very lightweight and offers good levels of stretch.
For the front panel and shoulders, the fabric is a solid knit, which changes to a mesh style for the back and side panels.
This means decent sweat-wicking and breathability for spring, summer and autumn days, as long as things aren't very hot. Above about 22°C and there are cooler jerseys out there, mostly because of them having a mesh style fabric all round. If the Shutt VR does get overwhelmed, it dries quickly. The Stockholm should see plenty of use in our climate.
Being made in Italy doesn't mean that the sizing comes up small for the typical UK rider. Obviously, this is designed to be a close-fitting garment, but the sizing is realistic, and while not a skinny race cut there is no excess material flapping around. Stick with Shutt VR's size guide and you'll be fine.
I like the length of the arms, finishing mid-way down the bicep, and the length in the body was fine as well. The dropped tail gives enough coverage for efforts in the drops, while the front of the jersey is short enough that it doesn't bunch up when you are crouched over.
At the rear you'll find three pockets in a traditional layout, which have plenty of room for ride essentials and don't sag excessively.
Shutt VR has added a zipped valuables pocket too, which is a must I reckon.
The one thing I also normally like to see on a jersey is a zip garage to protect your neck, but Shutt VR has given the Stockholm a low enough neckline that it doesn't need one.
When Emma tested the women's version she criticised its price at £125. It's now £99 on Shutt's website, as is this men's version. That makes it more competitive, but there is still some tough opposition.
Ben felt that the Stolen Goat Tappa Bodyline jersey deserved 9/10 for its great fit and breathability. Being priced at just £75 helped too.
Craft Cadence's Performance Classic jersey is also made from recycled polyester, like the Stockholm. It costs £64.99.
On the flip side, something like Rapha's Pro Team jersey is £130, it doesn't have any recycled credentials, though, if that is important to you.
On the whole, I like the Stockholm. The cut is well balanced for fast riding without being designed purely for those who have single-digit body fat percentage numbers, and the quality is impressive.
Well-made jersey using comfortable, recycled fabric, with decent levels of breathability
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Shutt Velo Rapide Stockholm Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Shutt VR says, "Handmade in Italy, our Stockholm Jerseys are constructed from sustainable recycled performance fabrics. Designed with on-the-bike style and performance in mind with an athletic fit that's tailored to perfection.
"One of our most advanced jerseys, the Stockholm features an array of details, such as a drop collar, silicone grippers, reflective tab, three rear cargo pockets and a fourth secure zipped water resistant pocket for your valuables."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
From Shutt VR:
Fabrics sustainably manufactured with the Bluesign® system
Air mesh material back and sides
Full length zip
Laser cut arm grippers
Silicon elastic hem
Three rear pockets
Zipped valuables pocket
Shutt performance cycling jerseys are manufactured using Repetita® 100% post-consumer recycled yarns. Repetita® uses polyester regenerated from PET plastic found in landfill and the oceans.
The sizing is accurate, and realistic to the UK market.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues with frequent washing.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It copes well with the typical spring/summer/autumn temperatures we see in the UK. The pockets are generous enough too, and it's good to see a zipped pocket.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There is some stiff competition price-wise.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Rapha's similar offering is £130, as mentioned in the review. Others are cheaper, like the recycled option from Craft Cadence, or Stolen Goat's Tappa.
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
The Stockholm is well made and uses recycled fabric, which may or may not be a deal breaker for some. There are some cheaper alternatives, but I think all round the Shutt VR isn't far off in terms of pricing. It's a good summer jersey.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!