- light, breathable fabric
- good length zip for hot days
- comfortable fit
- decent rear pockets
- good looks!!
The zip is a "half-length" zip - which for me is a good compromise. I'm not a fan of full-length zips, as I feel like they make the jersey fit not-quite-right. And the super-short zips don't suit the warm Queensland climate. This half-length zip is a great compromise between the two lengths.
|The half-length zip.|
|Love handles?? What love handles...??|
|Plenty of room in the three rear pockets.|
So why should you buy this jersey?
Obviously, I like this jersey. But to be honest, there are lots of great jerseys out there that also 'tick the boxes' of the above criteria. What makes the Cell Rapido jersey better than them?
The answer is this - $24.95.
I recently read one of the major Australian cycling magazines, which had a 'fashion spread' covering lots of the major clothing manufacturers. I couldn't believe that the cheapest jersey featured was $99!! A quick look in a couple of local bike shops near me showed their cheapest jerseys were $59 - and some of them were inferior to Cell's Rapido.
Some of the really high-end jerseys - like Assos for example - are great. Very 'technical' materials that fit extraordinarily well. Are they better than Cell's offering? Well, yes they are. But you are paying $200+ per jersey for the privilege. If you have the disposable income to afford this, then go for it. It isn't value for money though - you are not getting a jersey that is 8-times better than the Rapido. In fact, you aren't getting a jersey that's twice as good...
And at the end of the day, that really is the bottom line for the Cell Rapido. You get a very good jersey, at a ridiculously cheap price. The only reason you wouldn't buy this is if you don't like the looks. Otherwise, its the best value jersey buy you'll get anywhere.
|What an awesome jersey!!|