Kids Tour de France yellow jersey review (and KoM!)
Every year my boys are fascinated by who has won which jersey during each stage of Le Tour de France. When they managed to cycle all the way to the top of Cragg Vale on Day 2 of the 2014 Tour, I promised them both a treat. Several days later a couple of kids Tour de France jerseys arrived and the boys were beyond excited! The youngest, 5 year old T, got a kids size yellow jersey, as he always has to win everything, whilst 8 year old N got the kids King of the Mountains polka dot jersey. As these have been their favourite items of cycling clothing over the past couple of years, I thought it was about time to write a Kids Tour de France yellow jersey review.
How durable is a kids Tour de France replica jersey?
The price of both cycling jerseys combined made my eyes water a bit, but I can say that after several years the investment has been worth it. Firstly, the jersey's are extremely well made, and have stood up to being worn not only for cycling, but also around the house and out whilst playing with friends. They wash very well, although we have been careful to avoid wearing them whilst eating tomato based foods. I bought the jerseys to be slightly on the large size, and they are now on their third summer for each boy (now fitting very snug, which was probably how they were intended in the first place!) Both jerseys are still in a great condition, and in fact this year, after over 4 years of use, we've finally passed the yellow jersey onto a friend for his son to wear.
The King of the Mountains jersey did require a couple of stiches on the base of the zip at the end of the second summer of wear, but this was the jersey material coming away from outside fabric of the zip due to over vigorous pulling by my son, rather than anything to do with the functionality of the zip itself. A couple of stiches and it's back to full functionality again, and has now been passed on down to T, as N has outgrown it.
What features do the junior Tour de France jersey's have?
Le Coq Sportive kids sized Tour de France jerseys come with the same quality of manufacture as the adult sizes, and this really shows. Made with polyester for the front and back, the jersey guarantees moisture wicking for extra breathability and lightweight feel. This is great if you're out cycling on a hot and sticky summers day. An adhesive band of silicon is applied to the bottom of the jersey front to ensure it stays in place whilst cycling and to prevent any air infiltration. This is a nice touch that is missing from some cheaper kids cycling jerseys.
The back is made of moisture-wicking mesh for improved breathability, and there is a 3D mesh piece on the top of the back to optimise heat evacuation. The jersey's ergonomic structure is completed with silicone strips to keep it in place when racing and prevent air penetration, and flat seams to prevent chafing. This is very important when you are racing your brother, sister or friend (or even mum or dad!).
Perhaps the most important feature is the rear pockets, which are ideal for keeping the all important snacks in!
The Tour de France junior jerseys have also proved extremely popular with friends of all ages (especially teenagers) and we've been asked on numerous occasions where we got them.
Be warned however, that each year the detail on a Tour de France jersey changes slightly. For 2019 the jerseys are celebrating 100 years since they were first worn in the race. There is a different jersey design for each Stage of the race, and the kids replica one is from the final stage in Paris, as you can tell by the photo.
The unexpected benefit of the investment in the TDF kids jerseys was the impact it has on the boys cycling. When he was 7 years old, T told us this, in his own words specifically for this Kids Tour de France yellow jersey review:
"My yellow jersey is very good because it is cool and awesome. When I ride in it I feel very special and feel like a proper cyclist."
When they are wearing their Tour de France jerseys both boys seem to be able to cycle further and faster, and stay in the saddle for longer without moans and groans. They were definitely inspired by seeing the Tour de France, and the jerseys have been a brilliant way to keep that inspiration alive.
Kids Tour de France yellow jersey review: Overall verdict
Le Coq Sportive kids sized replica Tour de France jersey's are very well made child sized cycling jerseys that wash well. They also help inspire kids to cycle longer, further and faster. I'd definitely consider buying another one when my children grow out of their current sizes.
Where to buy kids Tour de France jerseys
The 2019 Kids size Tour de France Yellow Jerseys and King of the Mountains Jerseys are both on sale at the following retailers:
Wiggle (free standard delivery)
Chain Reaction Cycles (free standard delivery)
Evans Cycles (free delivery to local store or £4.99 P&P)
Obviously availability of sizes will decrease as the race goes on, so don't leave it too late to purchase.
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This review of the kids sized Tour de France jersey's was first published in July 2015 and updated in June 2019 to reflect a further year's use and availability of the 2019 jerseys.
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