Test: Finisseur Core Panther Limited Edition Short Sleeve Jersey
Jerseys don’t have to be boring, and this limited edition jersey from Finisseur’s Core range is proof of that. We tested the model with the Japanese-inspired print and all the quality of the Core range and verified that this jersey will turn heads.
Although the most striking feature of these limited edition jerseys are their original prints, let’s start by talking about their always important technical features. Made of polyester (86%) and elastane (14%), they use two-density Italian MITI technical fabric. On the back we find a micro-perforated fabric that allows the evacuation of the heat and sweat we generate, while on the front the fabric has a higher density, without losing its breathability.
The collar is French style, a middle ground between open collars and higher, tighter collars. This type of collar does not flap in the wind, is very soft to the touch, and does not interfere with our movements. The sleeves are raglan style, i.e. they are formed by a single piece that extends from the collar of the garment to the end of the sleeve, which has a generous length, reaching almost to the elbow.
At the front, the zip is of the YKK CamLock type, whose puller locks the zip when it is in the flat position. To keep the jersey in place, an anti-slip silicone tape with honeycomb pattern is included on the inside of the waistband. And of course, the three back pockets, including the reflective detail with the Finisseur logo, are not to be missed.
The jersey we tested featured an eye-catching Japanese-inspired print, showing a panther stalking a plant-based cloak. The print is spread asymmetrically over the garment, accentuating its exclusive character. It’s well known that there’s no accounting for taste, but we’re very enthusiastic about this print. And it was not necessary to resort to the symbolism of the panther, ferocity and courage, perfectly represented in the drawing of the panther with its claws outstretched and its fangs visible, to convince us.
In our tests, we have combined it with black bib shorts, such as the Finisseur Pro Race, combining uncompromising performance-oriented bib shorts with the exotic touch of this jersey. Or also with a bib shorts from the same Core series, the Finisseur Core 2 Gradient with black and grey details on the leg elastics, which we thought matched perfectly.
Exclusivity and quality
We like bold, eye-catching designs, which is why we love this jersey and its exotic print. But we also like the quality of workmanship and technical performance in cycling clothing, and in that respect this jersey also scores very highly. Like all the Core range, it has a very good quality-price ratio and, in addition, this limited edition has three more print designs, so that there are other aesthetic options, within the originality and exclusivity of this series, to satisfy different tastes.
Like the rest of the Core range, this jersey has a regular fit, but we think the print is a real winner when worn close to the body. With the comfort of the Core range always present, it wouldn’t be an unreasonable choice, especially when paired with a performance bib shorts from the Pro Race range. Finally, we found it to be a quality jersey, and also very original and eye-catching. As the text on the back left pocket of the jersey states, “Be active, wear disruptive, unleash your creative side: get ready for a fantasy ride”.
Quality and price of the Core range.
Original and daring print.
The micro-perforated back panel makes it very cool.
Its pattern may not appeal to everyone.
Finisseur Core Panther Limited Edition short sleeve blue
Short sleeve regular fit jersey, Japanese-inspired print in blue tones, micro-perforated at the back.
Raglan style, elbow length.
YKK CamLock with fabric flap to protect the collar.
Three pockets, with legend and reflective detail on left pocket.
S to 3XL.
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