For a penny under £60 you can't argue with the Prendas Bordeaux-Paris race jersey. The fit is very good and the design lends itself to suit a number of short or gilet combinations. However, the sleeves feel very dated and annoyed me when out riding.
Sleeves lack finesse
Forming part of its Forgotten Races range is the Prendas Bordeaux-Paris race jersey.
The design celebrates the gruelling Derny-paced race which covered 500km and was famously won by Tom Simpson in 1963. It features a pattern made up of black and white Bs and Ps with a bowler-hatted Simpson depicted on the rear.
In terms of its technical features it's a pretty basic jersey, but its price of £59.99 does put it in the entry-level category.
You only get one polyester fabric that's used throughout, but it is relatively comfortable and breathable. You also get three decent-sized pockets along with a zipped one for valuables.
The jersey is essentially from Santini and is designed by Fergus Niland who works for Santini – but it's exclusive to Prendas – so you know quality is assured.
This also means that sizing and fit should be good and predictable, and both are. The Prendas Bordeaux-Paris race jersey fit nicely around the waist, stomach, chest and shoulders. The fabric has a nice stretch and the jersey overall is a good shape.
At the waist instead of a full, thick silicone gripper you get a nicer doubled-over but thin strip that helps the jersey remain in place well. However, the sleeve ends are very basic and are uncomfortable. No laser-cut sleeves here or change of material: all you get is folded-over fabric which is stitched.
To hold the arms in place it need to have some tightness – and it does – but this is uncomfortable against the skin and feels almost restrictive.
Pockets hold a good amount though and have no sag, avoiding the droopy-pockets look that afflicts some entry-level jerseys.
Overall I like the design – I think the jersey is durable, quality and great value for money. Maybe the sleeve design just needs a rethink.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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