Pactimo Alpine Jersey review

One of the first pieces of off-the-peg clothing from Pactimo, the Alpine jersey is a good value thermal jersey, but doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Pactimo Alpine jersey offers good value compared to a lot of other thermal jerseys, and although we think it could be made a little warmer, the relaxed fit makes it easy to layer up. The little details are generally well thought out, but the design of the cuffs is a real annoyance.

Reasons to buy
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    Decent value

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    Relaxed fit allows for layering up

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    Plenty of pocket space

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not the warmest, and certainly not suitable for the stated temperature range

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    Poorly designed cuffs

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    Bagginess makes it difficult to add jacket over the top

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Based in the US cycling heartland of Colorado, Pactimo has been producing custom clothing for more than ten years, and has steadily built a good reputation among UK clubs for providing good quality garments at a respectable price point, all turned around in a relatively short time period. But 2015 will be a year of expansion, with the Pactimo Alpine jersey being part of the first range of off-the-peg clothing to be released into the UK market.

Pactimo gives the Alpine jersey a stated temperature range of 4-21ºC – a pretty big window, and we’d say that the extremes of this range are probably out of bounds. The jersey offers a decent level of insulation, but we were in need of a couple of additional layers when the mercury dropped into single figures, especially when descending as the windstopping credentials of the jersey leave a little to be desired.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.