The Road Holland brand should be on every cyclist’s radar. Their Aalsmeer women’s cycling jersey ticked every box on my “must have” list: great fit, technical fabric, appealing color, classic good looks and worth the price.
Let’s start with the fabric: a lightweight 39% merino wool/61% polyester blend. Focus on that word “lightweight.” It finally warmed up enough where I live to test this jersey to see if wool could really be lightweight. Based on a weekend of riding, I won’t hesitate to wear this jersey right through the summer.
Not only is it lightweight, but the texture of the fabric feels very natural next to the skin. The soft merino wool is on the inside of the jersey; the polyester is on the outside. Forget that “wool makes me itch” line. Those were the bad old days. This is now. I bet if this wool were just being introduced in cycling apparel, it would be hailed as a miracle fabric. Go with it.
Now — the fit. At last! Not too tight, not too loose. Ah. Just right. Confidence building. I look like a cyclist.
Is it VW who says that if the car’s cockpit is designed properly, the driver never needs to take her eyes off the road when she’s reaching for things like the climate control, coffee cup or the audio? That’s how this jersey is designed. Reach back for a gel and the pocket (one of three, plus a small zipped security pocket) is right where it should be — no fumbling around because it’s too high or too tight. The zipper (full length, yeah) is easy to tweak up or down. It just works. You’re reading this from someone who can destroy zippers in an instant. This one passed the Georgena test.
The details are subtle, but classy: a nice lining on the inside of the collar; contrasting stripes on the sleeve. A lot of thought went into this design.
The Aalsmeer jersey should be part of your cycling wardrobe. I can’t imagine any cyclist who wouldn’t love it.
Fabric: 39% merino wool/61% polyester
Made in the USA of imported fabric
Colors: Milky White, Carolina Blue, Royal Orange
Sizes: XS – XL
Price: $120.00 (currently on sale for $75.00)
Where to find it: http://roadholland.com/collections/womens/products/the-aalsmeer