As someone who has had the good fortune of donning the very best in cycling apparel, when asked to review an $95 cycling jersey from an obscure Australian brand, needless to say, I was somewhat reluctant. But, rather than engage in outright sartorial snobbery, I decided to give it a try.
Soomom is a small apparel brand that’s located in Belrose, along Sydney’s Northern beaches, that’s been gaining some traction in a segment that’s more than saturated with a glut of competing labels, by offering cycling togs with a twist of style and performance at a price point that puts them within reach of most cyclists.
In the case of the Pro Classic jersey, the garment features a super-lightweight material that consists of 85% Micro Polyamide and 15% Elastane that’s sourced from Italy. In addition, the fabric offers UPF UV 50+ Sun Protection and gives a nod to Mother Earth by using only Oeko-Tex Certified fabric that’s free from harmful chemicals.
All in, the Pro Classic tips the scales at a feathery 3.52 ounces in a size small, making it one of the lightest jerseys that I’ve ever encountered.
Other features that punctuate the Pro Classic are raw-cut sleeves and rear pockets with a side security pouch, a lightweight Vizlon YKK zipper that won’t bunch-up and reflective dots along the back of the jersey for increased visibility.
As far as sizing is concerned, the Pro Classic features a slim, race-cut fit that’s aimed at enthusiasts who prefer a close fitting jersey that creates a second-skin effect.
So, one best be in good shape, or otherwise stick to a strict diet of pocket lint before trying to slip it on.
Out on the road, the jersey certainly gave credence to the saying, Good Things Come in Small Packages (in this case price), by offering excellent comfort and breathability, all the while maintaining perfect composure during even the hottest and sweatiest of rides.
I particularly liked the raw-cut sleeves and the minimalist collar, both from a stylish and functional point of view.
That being said, the Pro Classic proved itself a worthy contender, a jersey that could easily punch well beyond its weight class against a competitor costing twice its price.
It could even win.
You can learn more about Soomom’s range of apparel by visiting the brand’s website here.
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