Rene Herse x Velocio Ultralight Jersey

We’re excited about our new jerseys. For almost two years, we’ve been looking for the perfect jersey. We didn’t just want to get some print-on-demand jerseys, but we wanted a jersey that offers the best performance and quality, as well as responsible manufacture.

The Rene Herse x Velocio Ultralight jersey is a collaboration between our two companies. The jersey really lives up to its name: At 111 g (Men’s Medium), it’s probably the lightest jersey out there. And light weight isn’t its only remarkable feature.

The material is ultra-soft and stretchy for excellent mobility. Much of it is recycled from plastic bottles that are washed onto the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. (Not a joke – the jersey is certified by Seaqual.org.) Despite its light weight and excellent breathability, the jersey has an SPF 30 rating for sun protection. The zipper has a ‘zipper garage’ so there’s no need to keep it slightly unzipped to avoid irritating your neck.

The new jerseys are made in Italy. The sizing is close-fitting for comfort and performance during epic rides. Size-specific patterning means they provide an excellent fit on a broader range of body types than you get with classic racer jerseys. In the photos, Natsuko is wearing a women’s XS and mine is a Men’s M.

There are three rear pockets for food, a small jacket, cell phone, etc. A stability panel behind the pockets prevents sagging, so you could even carry three water bottles from your team car to your teammates in a race. Although if you race, you’ll have to wear your sponsor’s jersey, and it’ll have logos all over. Since we aren’t paying you to wear our jersey, we’ve kept the logos understated, with just one on the front and one on the rear, in dark blue on navy. Our signature map pattern covers the rear pockets. The small logos and trim pieces are reflective.

The new jersey is a ‘summer-weight’ jersey that will be comfortable on the hottest days. It’s also great as a technical underlayer for days when it’s cooler. We’ve got both Women’s and Men’s sizes in stock now. Quantities are limited. More information is here.

19 Responses to Rene Herse x Velocio Ultralight Jersey

  1. Harald May 28, 2020 at 7:06 am #

    These look great. It would be great if you could also provide length measurements for the sizing. I’m tall (198cm) and jerseys often either end up too loose or too short. Thank you.

    • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 8:20 am #

      We’ll add that spec to the web site as soon as we can measure all the sizes. My Medium measures 51 cm (20″) along the zipper (front) and about 64 cm (25″) on the rear from the collar to the hem. You can also head to Velocio’s web site where they’ve got more detailed fit guides with riders in many body shapes and their sizing.

      • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

        The sizing chart on the web site has been updated with the Front Zipper Length measurements.

  2. Alex May 28, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    Can I use this jersey on rides that are not EPIC? Asking for a friend.

    • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 8:20 am #

      The photos show the jersey used in a completely non-epic setting. That said, if I go out for dinner again once all this is over, I’ll probably choose a different attire!

    • Natsuko May 28, 2020 at 8:21 am #

      All rides are epic!

  3. edevlin May 28, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Looks like a good product, but I wanted to put a plug in for brighter colors. It’s a pet peeve of mine that so many cycling jerseys and jackets are a darker color. As you know, brighter colors make us easier to see on the road, and drivers need all the help they can get to see riders. I have a closet full of older, cool, but dark colored jerseys that just sit there. These days I am only wearing screaming yellow, red, pink or similar high-visibility colors, just my two cents…

    • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

      We understand the need to be visible when riding in high-traffic areas, and we may do a high-viz jersey in the future. Where we usually ride, there is so little traffic that there is no need to provide jarring visuals. A cyclist is quite visible against the gray road surface, whether it’s paved or gravel. If we feel the need for more visibility, for example, on narrow gravel roads in the Cascades where there may be oncoming traffic, we often turn on our lights, even during daytime. For night-time riding, you’ll need to layer up anyhow, and your lights provide all the visibility you need.

    • Matthew Joly May 29, 2020 at 7:33 am #

      Loud colored jerseys are not necessarily designed or meant to provide meaningful visibility enhancement. While certain colors may jump out in a home or other relatively stationary setting, tests have shown for a myriad of reasons people driving at speed on busy streets do not necessarily notice them any more than a dark color.

      The better option is to wear whatever jersey suits you under a certified high visibility vest in colors and dimensions that are data proven to be noticed by drivers. The vests worn by road, construction, and emergency response workers all look largely the same for a reason – their colors, patterns, and dimensions have been proven to be more quickly perceived by the human brain. Nathan among others makes high quality light weight mesh versions that do not impede motion.

      Just my two cents.

      • Jan Heine May 29, 2020 at 9:12 am #

        There’s definitely a lot of science to being visible, especially when moving and against a background of light-and-shade. Photos don’t really capture that, because it’s such a dynamic setting.

    • Mike Morrison May 29, 2020 at 7:52 am #

      I’d rather rely on bright lights and retro-reflective tape to convey my presence to motorists than on the color of my clothing. I’d hate to cancel a ride for lack of a neon-colored outfit.

  4. Brendan May 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

    Jan,
    Did you write in an earlier post that you have new water bottles coming in? If so, what are the details? Are you going to be posting a profile on Natsuko’s bike? Can you post some action pictures of you doing some technical or stunt like riding on it?

    • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

      Water bottles are coming soon, we hope. As to Natsuko’s bike, that’s in the works. But Natsuko does her own stunts – just try following her on a rough gravel downhill!

      • Brendan May 29, 2020 at 9:17 am #

        Are the water bottles of new design or same as current?

        • Jan Heine May 29, 2020 at 10:04 am #

          All our water bottles are limited editions, so these will be a new design.

  5. Andy Viles May 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    It must be quite a jersey if Jan has put down his trusty blue merino jerseys.

    • Jan Heine May 28, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

      We’ve tried a few varieties of wool jerseys with a synthetic outer layer to make them printable. The results were so-so. I’ve been wearing the prototypes in PBP and elsewhere, but they aren’t quite up to the quality that we’d sell. We concluded that with Merino, you’ll have to embroider the logos. For this jersey, we wanted a more contemporary look, and so we realized we had to look for an all-synthetic jersey. And this one is the best we found, and we were lucky that Velocio was open to the collaboration. (They don’t usually make jerseys for other brands.)

  6. Doug Wagner May 29, 2020 at 5:19 am #

    Looks great but too small for my epic body:-( Need a couple more XXXs

    • Jan Heine May 29, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

      We’ll see what we can do with the next run!