Autumn is a notoriously hard season to dress for – and we expect many of you will currently be opting for long sleeved jerseys and snuggly roubaix fabric.
However, some warm bods would rather team a standard summer jersey with arm warmers and a gilet for the next couple of months, only delving into the warmer fabrics in the true ice-age months of December and January.
We reviewed the Danny Shane Kadley Cycling Jersey to see if it was up to the job.
What sets this jersey apart from others is the fabric. Danny Shane use a unique material comprised of 50 per cent bamboo charcoal white ash (or Bamboo White Ash), and 50 per cent polyester. That is correct – there is panda food in this jersey.
The bamboo charcoal is made by literally burning the wood in a very hot oven – and it has excellent absorption properties. When woven into the fabric, these wicking and odour capturing functions can’t be lost through regular washing, as is often the case with traditionally used chemical rinses, and the method ensures that the colour stays bright too.
The fabric is designed to be highly breathable, with thermal regulating benefits – which is something we’re grateful for in autumn. On top of all that, it really is very soft to the touch.
Pulling on the Kadley the soft, light texture of the fabric is apparent and makes if feel like a luxury garment with a natural stretch.
I went for a small and found a flattering fit that left plenty of room to breath, though despite the performance cut it wasn't exactly race orientated. Sizing down might give a more aero fit, but this would be absolutely fine for training rides, sportives and the like - which would be perfect for the high majority of wearers.
I tested the jersey on brighter days on mid-autumn lunch time rides. Of course over the first few minutes I felt a chill as the thermostat isn’t far above 14 degrees these days, but once moving I was perfectly warm and didn’t feel a drop of sweat to make me uncomfortable.
The fabric is similar to Merino in that it doesn’t hold on to odours – and I could easily wear this one a couple of times without giving it the washing machine treatment.
The hem is fitted with a silicone gripper to ensure it stays put, which did its job as I would expect it to. There was no such treatment on the sleeves, and though they did rest comfortably on my arms, for the price at £85 I would like to see a molded or silicone cuff for added comfort and a bit of grip.
I did like the placement of the solid pink line just under the bust. I've seen this go wrong before with block colours stopping bang on the waist, which only accentuates an hourglass figure - though stunning in a 50s style dress, this doesn't look quite right in lycra. Placing the distinction under the bust gives quite a flattering divide.
The women's kit within the range does have a clear preference to pink, but there are alternatives such as the Snowbridge, Surrey Camel and the Romer.
Super soft fabric that wicks sweat and avoids odours, and a clean look that is racey without being uncomfortable or restrictive.
Sizes: X-Small to X-Large. Size tested: Small