Summer is the perfect time for a white jersey. We’ve tested Cadence’s M17 jersey
Nothing says hot summer rides to me quite like a white jersey. Since white reflects the heat, a white jersey just feels so much cooler and more relaxed than any other colour.
The Cadence MI7 jersey is very well finished too, with details like the covered front zip with a large metal puller. The fit is excellent: not too tight but without any wind flap and good rear coverage. Cadence says that it uses 11 panels to achieve this.
There are separate side panels and raglan sleeves with their ends formed from a wide turn-over of the fabric. The Cadence MI7’s waist gripper is wide and comfortable with silicone bands to keep it in place, while the collar seam is taped internally at its rear.
The fabric from which the Cadence MI7 jersey is made looks smart, with a horizontal ribbed structure. It’s lightweight but not too sheer. The pockets are deep with a wide elastic strip at the top to keep their contents in place. You get a reflective tab on their left edge – the wrong side for UK riders, reflecting Cadence’s US origins. But the white fabric should provide plenty of visibility to deal with most conditions.
Although I like the white fabric for summer rides, it does show any dirt quickly if you ride through any surface dampness. Sunscreen also tends to turn collar and cuffs brown and is difficult to remove with the mild detergents and low temperatures that technical fabrics demand.
If that worries you, Cadence also sells the MI7 in black and royal blue, both colours that are likely to stay looking pristine for longer.
The Cadence MI7 jersey is a quality piece, well suited to summer rides. It’s very well finished and a good fit. But the white will discolour from sunscreen and show the dirt if you cycle on damp roads.