The Chapeau Café jersey is an understated yet stylish top which offers an excellent alternative to a race jersey for casual riding, but still comes with many of the practical features you’d look for in a more performance-orientated piece of clothing.
The very first thing to mention here is the sizing – you will need to go a size down from your usual if you want a more fitted look. The cut, however, strikes a sensible balance between casual and race. It’s not something you’d wear off the bike but nor does it scream ‘cyclist’ if you’re riding over to the pub.
The jersey is made from a bamboo (64 per cent) and polyester (32 per cent) mix, with some elastane making up the remaining two per cent. As the result, the fabric has plenty of natural stretch and the jersey holds its form, but doesn’t feel as compressive as a typical synthetic jersey.