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