ALÉ SUMMIT LS JERSEY
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
ALÉ have produced a quite simple but effective springwear jersey that also has its uses on those warmer days towards the end of winter, and on those colder summer days.
Whilst their own data suggests a temperature range between: 12º / 18º C , we’ve tested it in the single figures, and when combined with a good base layer, such as the ALÉ Carbon, it’s perfectly adequate. We often have to fill our cycling wardrobe with numerous jerseys for the different temperatures and conditions. What we like about the Summit jersy is that it seems to be useful on so many different days.
There’s nothing outstanding about the material. Really, there isn’t – but that’s what makes it so good. It does the job required of it very well and without causing a fuss. The thermal material is light (only 260 g) and of a high quality, and the cut and fit is a regular one, making it really comfortable. The fabric is called Termico felpato, and it’s light, strong, stretchy and warm. Best of all, it’s proved itself to be breathable too, which means that you want sweat and feel uncomfortable.
It has a high collar to keep the cold out, a strong zip, good quality wide cuffs and the obligatory silicone elastic around the hem. Finishing is excellent, as you’d expect from ALÉ, and the pockets at the back are large and don’t sag when filled with your spare tube, tools and snacks. The jersey isn’t tight and restrictive, nor is it baggy – it simply fits well and the material stretches where and when necessary, allowing freedom of movement.
The jersey comes in 3 colour options and has a simple yet modern branded design, meaning that you’ll look stylish as well as benefitting from the comfort. We tested the light yellow jersey, with a few subtle reflective elements, which is an ideal choice on the roads for visibility. It’s not a waterproof garment, so if the weather looks damp, you’ll need a waterproof on top. Pricewise, it’s a mid-range garment and won’t break the bank, but it’s a jersey that will get lots of use, due to it being so versatile.
Again, one extra area would be a useful small zipped pocket for keys – but this is a small point. The extra zipped pocket is more and more useful these days, and it’s a shame that it’s missing. However, for those days when you just want something warm and simple, and which truly is versatile, then the ALÉ Summit jersey will fit the bill and keep you stylish along the way. And, in truth, what more do you need from a good long sleeved cycling jersey.