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Bontrager RXL jersey – review

Bontrager’s RXL is a performance-oriented, warm weather jersey. ‘Designed for the high-mileage racer or enthusiast who wants ultimate comfort and performance’ according to Bontrager, it offers pretty much all you’ll need in a jersey.

Using a selection of fabrics chosen for different attributes according to their placement in the jersey, the RXL offers all day performance and comfort. With classic black looks (although four other options are available), the understated styling is appealing and it immediately felt great when I got out on the bike.

The main fabric is Bontrager’s Profila Dry which wicks excellently and sits well, being flexible enough to move with you when riding. The back is a Profila Cool mesh fabric, which works by allowing heat to escape and preventing excessive heat build up. Couple that with the full length YKK zip and you have everything you need to regulate heat when riding on hot days or long climbs.

Flat lock stitching is used everywhere which is an excellent finish. The collar is low profile and sits nicely without any creasing or being too tight, and the wide lower arm panels are comfortable and fitted. Speaking of under the arms, Bontrager have added Profila Cool mesh there too for a bit of added ventilation.

The cut at the back has a dropped tail, ensuring lower back cover even if you’re not coupling the jersey with bib shorts and the general shape of the jersey definitely works well for cycling. Finishing touches include reflective dashes to add some visibility – not always required but a nice little feature nonetheless.

The gripper at the hem of the jersey is a 2cm band of grippy fabric to keep the jersey in place. The inside of the band feels tacky and holds well to shorts, while the outside has a silicone-style dotted pattern with the Bontrager claw logo which. although I’m not sure serves a functional purpose (unless using the jersey as a mid-layer in colder weather, certainly looks good.

Other little extras include the subtly placed Bontrager logos and a zipped pocket with a headphone port and subsequent loops running up the inside of the jersey. These make sure your headphone cables don’t flap around if you want to ride with music. Access to the rear pockets was easy – although that’s obviously a personal thing – but the shape kept everything secure. The zipped pocket it sweatproof to make sure your electronic devices stay safe, but not totally waterproof due to the cable hole.

Conclusion

Riding in the RXL, even on longer or warmer rides, the jersey functions superbly – and the price is competitive too. All the colourways are classic and there’s something that wukk suit anyone looking for a functional and fitted all-day jersey.

Pros

– Classic style and colour choices
– Well fitted, comfortable and does its job well

Cons

– At this price, not a lot

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