But what sets the Le Col apart from the likes of the Gabba is the depth of the central pocket. Nowadays, most people own smart phones. They haven’t got any smaller and, instead, have actually got bigger. So trying to find a suitable jersey that has decent enough sized rear pockets to store your ultra-expensive smart phone can be a bit difficult.
Thankfully, Le Col’s Therma Jersey has space in abundance. My OnePlus One phone, which is roughly the size of the iPhone 6-Plus, fitted snug and had plenty of clearance from the pocket entrance to ensure it stayed put – even when I took an unfortunate tumble on some diesel while riding out in the back lanes of West Lancashire.
Yup, the Therma jersey is a tough cookie. Post-fall, I did expect it to be a bit scuffed up – especially considering the thinner material – but it survived completely unscathed and it’s resilience is definitely a bonus.
All-in-all, this is a quality thermal jersey that lives up to its name and will last for many winters to come. Yes, it costs a wee bit more than its main rival, but for that extra cash you get a top that will cope with the rigours of the darkest winter and be right at home during early-season races.
I’d expect nothing less from a company run by Yanto. He battles again the winter weather more than us mere mortals and its clear that he has put as much effort into designing this jersey as he does with his training. Oh, it’s bloody stylish as hell, too.
We’re going to be putting Le Col’s thermal jersey through its paces over the next few weeks, so don’t miss our full review coming soon. In the meantime, head over to Le Col and check out their range for yourself via le col