Italian brand, MOA Sport, are an integral part of the hundredth Tour de France, for those who know where to look.
Riders from Astana, Movistar, and Sojasun, are just some of those clad in garments made in their factory in the small town of Castel d’Ario.
We’ve been testing their Nincusa jersey, alongside the Navro bib-short, since May. For a detailed description of the fit and fabrics of both, read our ‘first look‘. For a review of the Navro bib-short, click here.
To business. The brushed, stretch fabric was the standout technical feature of the Nincusa jersey, a material that was new to me and one I found superior in the comfort stakes to anything I’d worn before, making it my ‘go to’ jersey. The Nincusa jersey subtly stretched in the places you’d hope for, avoiding the irritation of having too much or too little material in strategic locations.
The full-length zip stayed in place and fitted nicely into its ‘garage’ at the collar. The silicone grips on the sleeves and around the base of the jersey were more than effective in holding the garment in place.
While on the topic of sleeves, they were longer than those on any summer jersey I’d tested before, showing less of the ‘guns’ than shorter sleeves with a tendency to ride up, but offering more of a pro feel.
The collar, a simple construction in which the fabric is doubled over, proved a perfect width. The fabric on the lower half of the back is mesh, which allowed air to circulate on commutes ridden with a backpack. The three rear pockets were of ample size.
I’ve tested items from last year’s winter and summer collections, and always been impressed, but the Nincusa jersey is a class above. Like the Mavro bib-short, the Nincusa jersey is not the cheapest available, but in exchange for your £99.99, MOA offer a garment of superior appearance and feel, and the additional benefit of looking like a member of the Tour de France peloton.