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Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

21 May

One of the owners of the local bike shop has told me on several occasions that a bike jersey is usually the last purchase most people make when they take up cycling. After riding thousands of miles every year on both the road and off-road trails I have come to the same conclusion. I find it amazing that some people will spend $5,000 on a new bike and then go out for a ride wearing a T-shirt! Wearing a cycling jersey won’t make you go faster, but a quality jersey will increase your comfort and enjoyment as you ride. A few weeks ago the folks at Road Holland sent me one of their Hilversum cycling jerseys to review and here is the bottom line: The Road Holland Hilversum jersey is the most comfortable, well-designed and stylish jersey I have ever had the privilege to wear!

Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

When I started cycling I bought a lot of cheap Performance Bicycle and Bike Nashbar branded jerseys, and then last year I moved up to the Pearl Izumi Attack jersey. As much as I like the Pearl Izumi Attack jersey I have to tell you it doesn’t even fit in the same class as the Road Holland Hilversum. The Hilversum jersey is made of 79% superlight polyester and 21% fine gauge merino wool. This jersey is incredibly lightweight and offers every feature a serious cyclist could want in a jersey.

Zipper Garage On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

Zipper Garage On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

The front of the jersey has a full-length zipper and, believe it or not, it has a zipper garage (a small pocket where the zipper parks when the jersey is closed). A zipper garage might not mean much to you if you keep your jersey halfway unzipped all the time, but I’ve had my face scratched on many occasions by the sharp edges of the zipper on cheap jerseys.

Rear Pockets On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

Rear Pockets On The Road Holland Hilversum Jersey

The back of the Road Holland Hilversum jersey is a work of art! Like most cycling jerseys the Hilversum has three storage pockets, but that is where the similarity ends. The middle pocket has a small opening so you can run a headphone cord through it—the cord stays under your jersey and won’t flap around in the wind as you ride. The pocket on the right-hand side also has an exterior stash pocket (a fourth pocket) with an angled zipper (with another zipper garage) so you can keep you keys, credit card and ID secure even if you suffer an unplanned dismount (otherwise known as a crash). The bottom hem of this jersey has a silicone grip strip that helps keep the jersey in place and prevents it from moving up during your ride. For your safety in low-light situations Road Holland added a reflective strip along the top of the pockets—I wish every cycling jersey sold was required to have a reflective strip like this!

One thing that really separates this jersey from all others is the way it looks. I normally hate going into a restaurant while wearing a standard cycling jersey. However, the  embroidered accents on the Hilversum make it look quite stylish. If you are seated at a table most people would never know you were wearing a cycling jersey (until you stand up and they see your Lycra shorts).

The Road Holland Hilversum jersey is available in three colors (Royal Orange, Carolina Blue, and Milky White) and comes in five sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL). The folks at Road Holland sent me a Milky White jersey to review and I liked it so well I ordered a Royal Orange jersey to go along with it. Of special interest to me is the fact that this jersey is made in the USA (it is possible that this is the only jersey I own that was made in America).

The Hilversum jersey retails for $120 and is worth every penny! While I was visiting the Road Holland Website on Sunday night I noticed that you can save 20% on your next order. All you have to do is take a pledge to “banish hideous cycling gear” and then enter the code “STYLISH” when placing an order through their online store before May 28, 2012.

In taking the pledge you are affirming that…

  • I will not wear cycling jerseys with cereal box characters, beer, or cartoon characters on them.
  • My cycling jersey will always look at least as good as my bike.
  • If I’m a guy, I’m burning all of my sleeveless jerseys tonight.
  • I will not wear jerseys with flowers plastered over them.
  • Unless I’m being paid to ride as part of a team, I will not wear a team kit.

I don’t think the folks at Road Holland are going to send the police to your house if you violate your pledge, but if you are an adult you should probably stop wearing jerseys with cereal box characters on them anyway.

 

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22 responses to “Road Holland Hilversum Cycling Jersey

  1. billgncs

    May 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    When we were recently in France, I wanted to get a Mark Cavendish jersey for my wife and I asked in one shop. Bad idea, he isn’t too popular in France. We still chuckle about that one.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      That’s like going to Green Bay, Wisconsin and trying to buy a Chicago Bears jersey!

       
      • billgncs

        May 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        the other thing my sister who lives in Provence said, you can always tell the tourists by their dark jerseys under the hot southern sun.

         
      • All Seasons Cyclist

        May 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        That’s funny — I wear black cycling kit all winter since it helps keep me warm when the temps drop 30 or 40 degrees below freezing, but in the summer I try to stay with bright colors so the motorists can see me and the sun won’t broil me.

         
  2. velophileaustralia

    May 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    If you haven’t already I’d suggest you check out Oregon Cyclewear. They make awesome vintage style merino jerseys. I’ve got a couple and I love em. Beautiful kit.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I’ll check them out — merino wool is just an awesome fiber for cycling jerseys.

       
      • velophileaustralia

        May 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM

        Agreed. I have quite a lot of merino wool clothing from boxer briefs (Rapha), socks (Bridgedale), baselayers (dhb and Ice Breaker) and jerseys (Oregon Cyclewear – they use Aussie merino wool too). A NZ company called Ground Effect also make some really nice performing and looking gear, with a decent range of merino options (fitting, considering NZ produces a lot of merino wool). The stuff is just so comfortable and stylish.

         
  3. bamboogirl

    May 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    How would you rate this jersey compared to Rapha comparable jersey? Rapha’s light weight fabric is a 60/40, poly/merino blend. I like the “look” but more often than not, I don’t like the feel or the cut. Does it snag easily? The colors are rad, thanks for posting!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      I’ve not worn the Rapha jerseys myself, so I can’t really comment about how they compare — except for noting that the Rapha jerseys are extremely expensive!

       
      • bamboogirl

        May 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Yeah. I’m lucky to get an industry deal, I guess, so it’s comparable in price. I like Rapha for their quality of mixed merino, but if I wanted cheaper, but high quality, I’ve been using TwinSix jerseys. Not as clean as the jersey you just reviewed, but has nice style. They are also made in USA but all microfiber poly. I will try the Oregon and Road Holland jerseys and see for myself how they feel / fit. All these other comments are awesome to get me familiar with other brands. Do you think sleeveless jerseys are for those who don’t like the tan lines? :)

         
      • All Seasons Cyclist

        May 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        bamboogirl, I’m not sure why any guy would wear a sleeveless jersey — tan lines or not. Sleeveless jerseys just don’t look right on a man!

         
  4. steelframe

    May 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Great review! The jerseys can be found online at http://www.RoadHolland.com

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Thanks — I did put two links to the Road Holland Website within the review itself, but it never hurts to mention their site again!

       
  5. bikevcar

    May 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    That is a really nice looking jersey. I also totally agree with your 5 points. When I see someone cycling in a sleeveless jersey I want to shout expletives at them, but realise this would make me look like more of a neanderthal than they do! ;)

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Sleeveless jerseys just don’t look right on a man (Neanderthal or otherwise)

       
  6. hectorgmontano

    May 21, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Awesome Write up!

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Thank you — it really is a quality product so the review was easy to write!

       
  7. tootallfritz

    May 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    LOL! This is sooo me. First, I don’t consider myself a cyclist so the thought of wearing a cycling jersey seemed overkill, like I’d be a “poser” or something. As if anyone would care, right? Bottom line is that I’m a runner, period. I TRI for fun and fitness. TRI challenges me and makes me step outside my comfort zone and this is how I entered the cycling world. I’ve been riding since 2006 or 2007, and just bought my first cycling jersey this year. I probably wouldn’t have done it now but I’m on Team Tough Chik and they have cycling jerseys so I thought I would support them by purchasing a jersey and proudly announcing that I am a TOUGH CHIK even if I’m still a shitty cyclist. :)

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      If you can do a TRI then that makes you a “Tough Chick.” I actually think their “Sweaty Bettie Sparrows Cycling Jersey” is pretty cool. A woman I sometimes ride ride has often complained that nearly all jerseys made for women are either pink or have little flowers on them (and even a Cro-Magnon like myself thinks those jerseys are rather insulting to female athletes).

       
  8. Steve

    May 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I guess this means my Couch Potato Cycling Team jersey is a faux pas! :)

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      May 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      I consulted the fashion section in the New York Times and apparently the Couch Potato Cycling Team jersey is only acceptable if you have a full mullet! :)

       

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