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Recycled fabrics used for 2020 Trek-Segafredo jerseys

Trek-Segafredo’s 2020 cycling jerseys, which were unveiled at the Rouleur Classic in London in October, will use recycled fabrics to help lessen their environmental impact, the team and its kit supplier, Santini, have announced.

Both the men’s and women’s pro teams will wear jerseys that use a high-performance fabric on the sleeves and backs that’s made from recycled plastic bottles, while both teams’ new kit was being handed over to the riders at their training camp in Syracuse, Sicily, this week without any of the plastic bags that each item would normally be packed into, saving what would otherwise be an estimated 12,000 plastic bags throughout the 2020 season.

“I’m really proud to tell people our kit includes recycled fabric,” Tayler Wiles of the Trek-Segafredo women’s team said in a press release. “Being environmentally conscious is really critical right now. Climate change is a very real thing. We should do anything we can to be more proactive in every aspect of our lives.

“Even five years ago, people weren’t aware of the waste created through the apparel world,” she continued. “The clothes you wear on the bike are just as important as the ones you wear off the bike. It’s important you know where those products come from, and that they are made sustainably and of good quality material that lasts longer.”

Santini marketing director Paola Santini said that the time had come for them to start incorporating recycled materials into their cycling kits, and while the material made from plastic bottles will be used on the sections of jerseys that need to be most aerodynamic, the front, sides and pockets of the jerseys will be made of a fabric called eco-bicimania, made by a company called Sitip, which uses recycled polyester and elastane.

“Our suppliers have been doing these kinds of recycled fabrics for a few years. Now, they’ve got to a point where recycled fabric is as technical and performance-oriented as non-recycled materials,” said Santini.

“It’s nice that Santini is thinking about reducing plastic packaging,” added Richie Porte, who’s set to lead the men’s Trek-Segafredo team at this year’s Tour de France.

“The world is becoming more aware of how we use plastic, and how to minimise our footprint. Any little thing we can do in the cycling world, we should,” he said.

Triban RC 500 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

The warm, bright and comfortable Triban RC 500 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey is a great option for winter riding. Coming in at just under £35, it offers plenty of bang for buck with its soft fleece lining, good quality build, and more pockets than you possibly thought you needed. The waistband could be tighter, but that’s a minor (and subjective) point considering the price.

Pros: Price, soft inner, extra pockets
Cons: The waistband could be a little tighter

The 85% polyester and 15% elasthane combination has created a supersoft and surprisingly warm outfit. On milder days it can get a little too warm – the ventilated areas under the arms and on the back aren’t quite enough to prevent you sweating – but on bitterly cold mornings it’s perfect for keeping you at a comfortable temperature.

The sleeve cuffs fit comfortably close without too much pressure; they’re elasticated enough to go over gloves or under depending on how tight the gloves are. There’s no silicone gripper to keep the cuffs in place, but I found the sleeves a good length when on the bike and there was no tendency to move up.

The waistband doesn’t have gripper either and, for me, could do with being a little tighter to hold its position when there’s nothing in your pockets to weigh it down. Having said that, a little added winter body weight might do the job too…

Although the waistband is a little loose on me, the main body of fabric, especially in the upper half, fits well – tighter but allowing full movement.

An extra ‘waste pocket’ is a nice addition to the spacious standard three rear pockets. Positioned on the right hip, it gives you somewhere to put your empty energy bar and gel wrappers, so no dropped litter when reaching for your next snack.

There’s also a zipped water-repellent compartment on the central pocket for your phone or valuables, although it’ll struggle to fit some of today’s larger mobiles. All in, there’s plenty of space for your snacks and extra clothing for long winter rides.

On the whole, the jersey washed relatively well. On occasion when worn during a cyclo-cross warm-up, a normal wash struggled to get the mud out, but with a bit of care and a handwash it would come up clean enough.

You’ll be highly visible in the fluoro lime yellow with charcoal grey panels on those dark evening commutes, but if you’re not a fan there are other colour choices: navy and grey, navy and teal blue and, lastly, plain black.

As with much of the Decathlon Triban range, the RC 500 long sleeve jersey comes in at a great price. One of the few items we’ve tested at a remotely similar price is its cheaper sibling, the Triban RC 100, while for just another £15 you could go merino with the Triban Merino Bike Touring Jersey.

dhb’s thermal long sleeve jersey (link is external) is the same price as the RC 500 – but you can pay a lot more.

You also get a two-year guarantee, although it only covers manufacturing defects – ‘fair wear and tear’ and ‘accident damage’ are just a few of the exclusions.

If you’re going to be covering some big winter miles, whether as a weekend warrior or late evening commuter, the great value for money Triban RC 500 long sleeve jersey will stand you in good stead.