Felt cheap, padding is thin and cuffs are non-existant.
My team uses Element Jerseys, and I ordered some for myself and the other new team-mates. Through some error, we got Spikes instead. I opened it up and put it on, and I hated it. The padding in the arm felt cheap compared to that in the element. The Spike had no cuff on the arms, just kind of a cheap crappy hem, the element has a nice cloth cuff. The material itself just felt thinner and cheaper. I've worn elements before and the material was thicker, but they didn't seem really hot. I didn't have the spike on for long so I can't be sure about how well it vents heat, but I know the element doesn't get that hot either.
EDIT: I got my Element Jersey, it feels the same way as the Spike. The new Empire Jerseys have lost the cuff, lost the better material, and most importantly of all, lost the made in the USA tag on the bottom. Mine was made in Mexico.
I'd say that unless you've tried both jerseys and really like the Spike, go with the Element. For the same price it is a much better deal.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, August 19th, 2004 at 10:14 pm PST