So, the Queen of the Mountains Race jersey was an absolute revelation to me.
Having ridden all over the world in all types of conditions for many years I've never actually paid much attention to the details of my kit. Yes, I've always had lots of layers to choose from and yes I tend to only put my backside in Assos shorts on a long ride, but other than that, mountain biking or road riding I always kinda thought a jersey was a jersey!
Combined with a mesh baselayer I couldn't believe how cool, dry and comfortable I felt all day, climbing in full sun for hours. Mega wicking!
I love the full zip! It made toilet breaks so easy! Unzip, unhook my front fasten bib, and sorted. No carefully hoisting my jersey over my head hoping my carefully packed sandwich doesn't fall out on the toilet floor. And as you know, often mountain toilet stops are rustic at best!!!
The jersey fitted really well. For so long I've just worn men's jerseys' and although they are fine, the extra fabric waving around is just annoying by comparison. This Race jersey felt like a second skin, such amazing light fabric.
A couple of cooler days in Grand Canaria I reverted to my old Firefly jersey, and was staggered by the difference in my temperature and sweatiness compared to the Race jersey.
The quality feels excellent and the detailing and finish make me think it will last a long time. Great quality zips, no snagging! It washed well even in a pretty old washing machine in our villa, came out fresh and new, no stinky bits!
For me, as someone who likes to pack for every eventuality the rear pockets were a little small, but my jacket is a little on the bulky side, lightweight but not the super tiny ones you can buy. I love the iphone pocket!
I can't wait to get more of this QoM kit. We are off to Spain in early June so I will definitely be wearing the Race jersey in the heat. All I need now is a super lightweight sports bra that doesn't dig in with my heart-rate monitor and I'll be set for supreme comfort! (Are you making one of these!?)
Here's a pic of me enjoying your fabulous kit!
Note - Laura sent us this email unsolicited and spontaneously after her receiving her Kickstarter Race Jersey. This review was edited for length, however all the words are her own!