We test 16 jerseys to suit all pockets and needs so you can keep pedalling in style this summer
This time of year there’s nothing better than feeling the sun on your skin while spinning the pedals out on the road. You’ll naturally want to look good while you’re doing it, and what better way to do that than updating your weary wardrobe with a swanky new jersey.
When it comes to the humble cycling jersey, technologies, fabrics and designs are better than ever. Today, manufacturers craft jerseys that are specific to the type of riding you do and the weather you’ll encounter. Whether it’s working hard in the heat, climbing in the mountains, gravel grinding or simply enjoying riding around in the summer warmth, there’s a dedicated jersey available.
In recent years technologies and tailoring once reserved for the pro peloton have crossed over into top-end consumer jerseys. Now you can find highly breathable, lightweight, fitted and aerodynamic clothing designed to save every last watt out on the road.
At the opposite end of the scale, budget jerseys offer better fit and performance thanks to the new materials, better cuts and technology trickling down from topof-the-range offerings. The design here is usually more forgiving making them ideal for those of us who aren’t as skinny as the pros.
When it comes to selecting a top from all the choices available to you, price is often a good reflection of what you can expect to get. If money isn’t an issue and you want the best regardless of the cost, it’s worth remembering that most top-end jerseys are aimed at racing snakes with single-digit body fat indexes so you might need to size up.
We always recommend trying a garment before you buy it to check you have got the correct size and that the overall fit is comfortable in the riding position. Also take a moment to see how the sleeves fit around your arms, how the hem sits on your waist, whether you can access the rear pockets easily and how smooth the front zip runs. And obviously don’t forget to make sure it looks good in the mirror.
There’s a wide range of jerseys available for every riding scenario. Here we bring you a selection of the latest designs to cover all needs and budgets.