We test 16 ver­sa­tile jerseys for au­tumn that will also come in handy for the rest of the year...

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We re­view 16 long sleeve jerseys to to keep you warm and dry on your au­tum­nal rides.

Au­tumn is a tricky time of year for cy­clists. The sun can be shin­ing and it can be pleas­antly warm, or a bit­ter wind might be blow­ing and driz­zle come from nowhere.

We’ve rounded up 16 jerseys that will cope with a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. No sin­gle jer­sey will han­dle ev­ery­thing our cli­mate can throw at us, but these should man­age on their own with days that are warm down to cool, from 15°C down to around 5°C, or you can layer them for days when the mer­cury’s nip­ping closer to zero.

The ma­jor­ity are long-sleeve jerseys, with the ex­cep­tion of one short-sleeve top that comes with ded­i­cated match­ing armwarm­ers. Ma­te­ri­als in­clude polyester and polyamide – oth­er­wise known as ny­lon – and elas­tane, also known by the trade names Span­dex or Ly­cra. These are used in var­i­ous weights and com­bi­na­tions to achieve dif­fer­ent lev­els of warmth, wick­ing and stretch. Wool is also used, usu­ally blended with other ma­te­ri­als for greater elas­tic­ity or re­sis­tance to the el­e­ments.

None of the jerseys we’re test­ing are fully wa­ter­proofed – we’ll be test­ing those next is­sue – but some do have wa­ter-re­sis­tant fea­tures. These are de­signed to shrug off show­ers and road-borne spray, but they’re not de­signed to keep you dry if you’re caught in an hour-long down­pour. The lack of water­proof zips and taped seams mean that rain will al­ways make its way through in time. Some also have wind­proof pan­els, made from Gore’s re­spected and aptly named Wind­stop­per or sim­i­lar ma­te­ri­als.

While these are all de­signed for au­tumn, they’ll also stand you in good stead dur­ing warmer win­ter rides, spring and cool sum­mer days. Paired with a base­layer and/ or a wind- or wa­ter-proof jacket they’ll help you tackle win­ter’s worst days, too.

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