Alé Ladies Colour Block Winter Jersey

Larisa Chinces

Simplicity can be stylish and beautiful, and as a lady I like style. Alé from the Italian city of Verona understand this; it’s in their dna and their new winter Colour Block thermal jersey is testament to their dedication to style and performance. Alé produce well-made cycle clothing, with a simple aesthetic, like this winter and early spring Colour Block ladies jersey. It’s a well-made garment and at the right price, which is what the intelligent cyclist wants and Alé have delivered with this single colour stylishly soft and warm, ergonomic thermal jersey. I tested the Celeste colour here in Transylvania, and so it needed to perform in the cold winter air and on tough climbs.

I like a jersey that fits well on me and isn’t saggy or baggy or too tight across the shoulders and chest. Yes, it needs to be figure hugging, but it also needs to allow freedom of movement. The fabric used by Alé is a mid-weight thermal and elasticated technical polyester with plenty of stretch and strength, ensuring that you’ll look good if you put the miles in. The standard of finishing and stitching is truly superb and the garment oozes quality. Albeit that Alé say that this jersey isn’t designed for maximising wind-proofing, rather focusing on breathability, we found that it performed surprisingly well against the cold in the hills, but if the wind chill is high, then you may need to wear more protection.

It won’t keep the rain at bay, but Alé produce specific waterproof jackets for that purpose. It’s designed to be a mid-thermal jersey and it does this very well, being light and too heavy. When wearing it, I found that the waist was held comfortably against me by a narrow elasticated and silicone lined hem and it stayed nicely in place when cycling. The arms are cut slim which is good for ladies slender arms, and the wrist cuffs are wide double lined material which utilise the elasticated properties of the fabric to stay in place and perform perfectly adequately. There’s a high cut and double thickness fabric collar to keep the neck warm and a full length super zipper. Alé are all about quality and they’ve ensured that all of the little things are well dealt with, including a good strong zipper.

The 3 rear pockets are deep and strong and stretchy, ensuring that you can fit lots on. On our rides they held things in place well and allowed easy access on the move. The whole cut of the jersey and the quality fabric means that whilst it’s super warm in temperatures just above zero (with the Alé carbon base layer underneath), movement is still easy and unrestricted. There’s a good choice of colour options, and the Celeste jersey that I used looked simple and very stylish – I loved it. The material has good stretch properties and sat nicely on me, allowing me unrestricted and comfortable movement. Breathability is adequate for the type of jersey. After all, it’s made for its thermal properties and it kept me warm.

The jersey did not have a small zipper pocket for keys and change, and it would benefit from this. Branding is limited, subtle and stylish, as Alé let the technicity, performance and general design and fit of the Colour Block jersey sells itself. Ultimately, on both long all day rides and short spins it certainly fits the bill as a great all around winter jersey, that’ll keep you warm, has adequate wind proofing, is very breathable for a thermal fabric and is super stretchy to fit your race ready form. It’s also the sort of jersey that’ll do quite nicely on cold or chilly early spring days and early autumn, although on the colder winter days with a strong and cold wind, you might need a little more protection.

This is a simple and effective long sleeve cycle jersey and it goes well with the rest of the Alé winter range. It will also work well for you in spring too, on the chilly days in the mountains. Yes, I liked it and it looked superb. I think that it’s a simple but effective all-rounder jersey that everyone should have in their cycling wardrobe. No, it does not have the waterproof protection that some may ask for, but it’s not designed for that. What it is designed for it does very well; keeping the cyclist warm and comfortable, but not being restrictive.

There’s a sense in the simplicity of the Alé Colour Block jersey and it’s priced just about right too, being a high quality winter jersey which we love.