Written by Colin Dennis.
With its classic retro overtones, the Solo Équipe Jersey creates the perfect blend of style and comfort without compromising on its cycling heritage.
What they say: Our aim when designing the Équipe jersey was to create an iconic jersey that will become a favourite piece of cycle clothing. Designed primarily for cycling, the Solo Équipe jersey looks great off the bike too!
What it is: Strong, powerful Solo branding and a blend of Merino wool and Polyester helps creates an emotive look that not only harks back to Eddy Merckx and his Molteni Team, but brings the Solo Équipe Jersey bang up to date as a superb addition to any riders wardrobe.
This is without doubt a superbly comfortable cycling jersey and the attention to detail is exactly what you would expect from a jersey at this price. The cuffs and neck band are knitted Merino and sit snug and yet compliant. It’s long in the arm and there’s enough tail drop to protect the rear end. The three rear pockets are almost a work of art, and I’m sure there’s more than just a touch of the Colnago motif in those buttons.
The beauty of Merino wool is that when wet it still retains much of its natural thermal properties, and with an almost 50/50 combination of manmade Polyester, the Équipe Jersey retains its shape no matter what the weather brings.
With its tight knit fabric construction there’s plenty of windproof protection on offer too; maybe not quite as effective as a dedicated windproof jacket, but such are the qualities of Merino that the combination of breathability and warmth is the positive side of the coin here.
Who it’s good for: the Solo Équipe Jersey is a luxurious cycling top and £120 is about right for a jacket of this design and construction. Discerning cyclists who want to stand out in a sea of Lycra need look no further.