The Chapeau Etape jersey short sleeve jersey is a strong performer for spring and summer riding and includes all of the key elements you’d expect from a modern jersey, as well as a couple of smart touches.
The Etape jersey has evolved significantly since the original we reviewed in 2013 – in fact, it’s completely different. A new fit, new fabric and new features on the Devon-based brand’s top-of-the-range road jersey.
The Etape is made from a moisture wicking polyester fabric which was put to good use through the recent spell of early-season warm weather. The jersey’s breathability and wicking properties are good – certainly above average, but not quite up there with the very best (and, generally speaking, more expensive) jerseys I’ve used. That could, in part, be down to the colour of the black jersey tested (blue; black, pink and grey; and white, red and black options are also available).