Café du Cycliste Daphné £155
The Daphné is made of a really stretchy fabric, lightly fleeced inside. It doesn’t stop the air from passing through though, so you don’t get uncomfortable or damp, even in temperatures a bit above its target range. The fit is excellent with its 20 per cent Elastane content. There’s no excess fabric,
but the stretch means the Daphné should cope with a thicker base layer when the weather does start to cool.
The close cuffs keep the arms in place well. There’s a very wide elastic waist gripper with silicone detailing. But with such a close fit, we did find the waistband could ride up at times.
There are three open rear pockets, equally close fitting, with a wide, reinforcing band of elastic across their tops inside the jersey to stop pocket sag. You get a pair of zipped pockets at either end too and there’s a small reflective dart in the middle rear.
The collar is quite low cut: you might need a neck-warmer for early starts.
The Daphné is expensive but its comfort, style and superb cut justify the price. Colour: Dark Aubergine Sizes: XS-XXL www.cafeducycliste.com