Fundamentally, the Scott RC ProTec jersey is a very good cycling jersey that's perfect for summer riding with its great fit and excellent cooling. The fact that it should also prevent road rash if you're unlucky enough to crash is an added bonus.
Claims to prevent road rash
Light and breathable
Poorly positioned pockets
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The Scott RC ProTec jersey is a really interesting jersey that is sure to appeal to anyone who has recently spent time getting closely acquainted with the tarmac. This is because it features a new fabric called ITD ProTec which is designed to prevent road rash in the event of crashes.
The fabric, which has been developed in conjunction with Schoeller, is a blend of carbon yarns and ceramic printing, meaning that it has greater resistance to abrasion compared to your standard cycling jersey. This is then placed in key areas, so on the jersey, the shoulders.
Unfortunately for you, but fortunately for me, I haven’t had the opportunity to test the fabric’s effective during my time in the Scott RC ProTec jersey. However, this video from Scott does a pretty good job of demonstrating just how strong the ProTec fabric is.
What I am sure of is the fact that all that carbon and ceramic does little to compromise the stretchiness of the arms of the jersey, meaning that there’s no loss of comfort in the pursuit of road rash protection.
In fact, even without this extra feature, the Scott RC ProTec jersey would still be receiving a high mark. The cut is really very good, especially if you’re after a jersey with a nice slim fit. There’s minimal wind flap on either the front or the shoulders and the sleeves sit flush around your arms even with the ProTec fabric.
It’s also nice and breathable, with lighter panels under the arms and on the back to allow hot air to escape, but with a slightly denser panel on the front to keep cold air out on descents. There’s also a full length zip for further temperature control.
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My main criticism of the Scott RC ProTec jersey is with the pockets. There are three main open pockets, and a very effective zipped and water-resistant security pocket, which is the perfect size for a phone and keys, but they’re positioned a inch or so too high up your back, which makes it a tad hard if you’re trying to get something out of the depths of the middle pocket.
I would also like to see more colours available (this black and yellow number is currently the only option), and the price might be a little above par. However if this is what I need to pay to avoid some uncomfortable nights stuck to the sheets after my next crash, then I’d be more than willing to stump up the cash.
For more details visit the Scott website.
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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 t