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OneTen Tempo Jersey – review

OneTen’s Tempo jersey brings together a very good fit, excellent ventilation and quality construction in a good-looking package that shows it’s not only £100 that look great.

Despite some dodgy weather in the UK, I managed to get some time in this jersey in the hills of Abruzzo in 30 degree heat as well British shores. It’s definitely fair to say that this is a summer jersey, and it combines a lightweight construction with strong ventilation.

This ventilation comes from a perforated material used on the front panels along with mesh panels down the side. These were more than adequate for a typical mid 20s British summer day and were okay for the more extreme heat in Italy, but I think warm rather than hot temperatures are where this one excels.

The fit and cut of the jersey are a real plus, and it looks far more expensive than its £55 price tag. The inherent stretchiness of the material and the long cut sleeves are nice touches, and the sleeve/shoulder material is slightly denser – meaning less breathability – but this helps to create a more contour-hugging fit on the arms.

But there are a few points on the jersey that I’d like to see changed in future versions – one of which is the zip. Although it works adequately, I found that it can be a bit sticky at times, and I definitely had more problems with it than I usually do on jerseys.

The other sticking point is the pockets, as each of the three are smaller than I’d ideally like. The lack of storage in these is compounded by the middle pocket having a zip running horizontally across the middle, rather than at the top or even just leaving it open. It meant that fitting my iPhone 6 was a more difficult task, having to feed the bottom of the phone into the pocket and then fold the upper half of the pocket over the phone, which is a quite fiddly. The two outer pockets are also on the small side, so once you’ve factored in keys and money there’s little space left for food or anything else. You’d definitely need to factor in a saddlebag on longer rides.

I reckon that at £54.99 the Tempo jersey is good value for money, and the cut and ventilation alone are enough to justify the price. I rode in it on 4-5 hour rides as well as shorter sessions and it performed well on both.

Conclusion

Overall, I like OneTen’s Temp jersey. It kept me cool and comfortable while looking good and offering a solid fit. The zip and pockets are pretty minor issues, especially on a summer jersey where you’ll likely be carrying less, but they did slightly take the shine off.

Pros

– Impressive ventilation
– Good-looking
– Quality cut and fit

Cons

– Question mark over zip
– Central pocket mid-zip is annoying and difficult to use
– Pockets could be larger

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