We test 16 jer­seys to suit all pock­ets and needs so you can keep pedalling in style this sum­mer

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - GEAR GUIDE -

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.

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