I’m a wool convert. Once I had a few wool baselayers, I knew I needed a wool jersey. The only ones I had previously seen were 100% wool and stretched over time, or from epic brands that wanted $200+ for a jersey. Those were options I didn’t care for. After hearing about the company Road Holland – Serious and Stylish Cycling Apparel from one of my favorite cycling blogs – The Path Less Pedaled, I figured I should try them out. While dishing out $120-150 for a cycling jersey is a lot more than what you’ll find from bargain cycling companies for basic jerseys, I took into account that this is high quality apparel, made in the USA, by a few guys that are really awesome with customers.
It started with the Arnhem jersey. I bought it in the fall, and it was perfect for cool weather rides. I wore it every day during my winter challenge to ride about 50 miles per day for a week, and it was perfect. I continued to wear it for nearly any ride outside of the summer months (nb: I rode all year in New York state). It’s the bees knees. You can read my full review about it here on a previous post.
Two years later, and it still looks great and is what I grab for nearly every ride in the shoulder seasons. From my latest big ride – the Seattle International Randonneurs 200km brevet – it was the perfect layer for ~8 hours of riding in high 40s to mid 50s. A few very minor problems persist – the pockets are not deep enough to hold used bar wrappers, as they come out too easily to be stashed there, and the pockets are not perfectly size for my gadgets (I carry a few diabetes management gadgets in addition to a cell phone). It appears that their newer jerseys now use 2 instead of 3 rear pockets, and include a zippered pocket large enough for typical cell phones, so hopefully that has solved these issues.
My second piece was the Amsterdam. It’s somewhere in the continuum of jersey and jacket. For winter cycling (typically around 0-30F), I would wear a baselayer, the Arnhem, and the Amsterdam. What I really love about it was the ability to wear it out and about while off the bike. While it’s great for cycling, it also looks pretty good off the bike too. It’s pretty darn classy, I think. With two deep pockets and one zippered cell-phone size pocket, I can carry plenty of stuff. I was hesitant to buy black since I was commuting at night, but there is a reflective strip on the back, and I use a good taillight. One feature I wish for is an inside front pocket to hold a few papers while walking to meetings, but I’ve survived without it.
I just ordered the new Edam jersey which appears to be their remake of the Arnhem. I look forward to wearing these great jerseys on many more rides!