Café du Cycliste’s Micheline Ultralight Jersey is intended for those tackling the hottest temperatures while laying down the miles, and is the perfect companion for the brand's Blandine summer bib shorts.
Sitting at the performance end of the range, the Micheline is the lightest of CDC’s summer jerseys – the manufacturer also has the Dalida lightweight jersey and the Fleurette superlight jersey in its comprehensive hot weather solution. For a brand based in the French riviera, having a range of clothing devoted just to sunny weather makes sense. But does this translate to the UK market?
Café Du Cycliste Micheline Ultralight Jersey
Size tested: S
Colours: Tango red (tested), snow white, black and white, navy and grey
Website: Café Du Cycliste
CDC’s style is reserved and classy, often utilising muted colours and stripes in favour of the aggressive and odd geometric lines akin to performance cycling kit of yonder. The Micheline jersey is no different. Our test garment came in the red and white of the Tour de France mountains classification, and we’re not taking the combination of colour and the jersey's climbing credentials as coincidence. The jagged lines are far enough from Charlie Brown to carve their own place in your wardrobe, while the sleeves are a clean block of white – a feature that has become popular with many cyclists
The material of those sleeves is incredibly lightweight. Stripes of different denier fabric run down their length and extend into the side panels of the torso. This fabric provides ventilation in abundance, although may provide a little too much of a window into what lies beneath for some. The front and rear of the jersey are made from a similarly lightweight material that breathes very well, but offers more opacity than the sides. With such light fabrics in use, the garment feels high quality and delivers on its hot weather credentials with fast wicking and drying properties.
The fit is a little looser than expected for a performance product like this. I tested a small and there was still a little room in the torso for flapping in the wind. The extra room does give the benefit of a little more comfort over time by not constricting the body in the way some top level garments do, but I couldn’t escape thinking that it would have benefited from a little more tailoring. Still, fit is subjective, and this garment by no means disappoints.
"The jagged lines are far enough from Charlie Brown to carve their own place in your wardrobe, while the sleeves are a clean block of white – a feature that has become popular with many cyclists"
Other details include a comfortable low-rise collar, perfect for allowing a little more airflow to the front of the body and negating the sometimes restrictive feeling a higher collar can give. On the rear there are three spacious pockets, with a smaller zippered phone safe pocket on the right that hides itself expertly within the natural seams of the jersey.
The Café du Cycliste Micheline Ultralight Jersey is a top pick for hot and humid conditions. Having worn the garment recently on a long, high mountain video shoot, I was really impressed with the all-day comfort on offer and the extreme breathability. For those looking for a performance jersey without necessarily desiring the second skin fit of some pro-level garments, then the Micheline is a great option. Although tested with a base layer, the garment would do well on its own on very hot days – although wearing sun cream underneath might be a good idea.
- Superb all day comfort
- Low collar allows breathing room
- Lightweight fabrics deliver in hot weather conditions
- Potentially a little revealing for some
- Looser fit than expected