When morning temperatures start dropping in autumn, you know it’s time equip yourself with a decent jersey for those colder rides to come – enter the long sleeved jersey.
Cycling jerseys can be used as base layers in mid-winter with a windproof or waterproof layer worn over the top. ln milder conditions they can be worn on their own or over the top of a thin next-to-skin base layer. This makes them a very versatile wardrobe essential that’ll get lots of use.
Long sleeve jerseys will, by their very nature, be used in cooler riding conditions. Therefore, their material will often be thicker and have better thermal properties than their summer counterparts, whilst still maintaining good breathability and wicking properties. Most summer jerseys are made from polyester, whereas you start seeing merino wool being used frequently as well as fleecy type fabrics.
Windproofing is a key element to consider for the colder cycling seasons. Windproof jerseys will often only feature these panels on the front and arms, with the back panels likely a non-windproof breathable and stretchier material. An added benefit of windproof fabrics is their ability to double as a water resistant element (and possible DWR, a water repellent coating) meaning you’ll stay dry from a light shower or road spray.
Some jerseys are designed to be worn next to skin and be more body hugging, where others are cut to afford more room for layering underneath, as well as being a more relaxed and comfortable fit for long rides.
Given colder rides often go hand in hand with low light conditions, additional reflective patches are a handy safety feature. Also, pockets are wise for storing a bank card, your phone, and stashing other layers should conditions change. Most winter jerseys will also feature an elasticated and/or silicon strip around the hem to ensure they stay in place.
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Cafe Du Cycliste Irma Merino Audax Jersey
This high performance high quality jacket is ideal for longer rides in cool to moderate temperatures, and also for the more style conscious – it’s superb looking.
The front section has a 3-D textured knit quality so it feels super luxe, and this also sets it apart from more ‘technical’ fabric style of jersey which makes a refreshing change. But don’t be deceived by its looks as it is very capable – made from a merino blend fabric, it’s great at regulating temperature and is also fast wicking, quick drying and is odour resistant.
The stretchy back and arm panels ensures a nice comfy stretchy fit, and the three pockets to the rear, extra zip pocket and a larger expandable mesh pocket, mean you can stash all you need for a long day in the saddle. It’s a snugger fit, so just worn with a thin sleeveless base layer will suffice if it’s cold.
Rapha Pro Team Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey
Rapha make some of the best cycling gear on the market and this jersey, designed for winter training, is a super comfy, great fitting and capable piece of kit. Made from a high-stretch and breathable fabric, you get the insulating qualities you need for cold conditions, and all in a nice tight (yet not constrictive) fit so it won’t flap in the wind. Needless to say the build quality and attention to detail is second to none – three pockets (plus zippered one to the rear which includes headphone port and loops to keep the wire in place), elasticated hem with silicone gripper, long arms, and for colder weather or windy conditions, you’ll likely need to pair up with a base layer or windstopper gilet. Also available in blue.
Assos Mille GT Spring Fall LS Jersey
This Swiss brand turn out exceptional quality gear, and this piece is ideal for training rides out on those chillier mornings. Highly breathable and fast drying, it features a stretchy and slightly more insulating fabric on the front panel and arms, and the back section is a slightly lighter and more breathable fabric to help avoid that sweaty back. The fit is comfortable – a nice cut and stretchy technical fabric – and it features good practical triple pockets on the back including some reflective features – for Assos, this is keenly priced and you’re getting a lot of product for a relatively fair price.
POC Essential Road Windproof Jersey
This light softshell jersey is windproof and ideal to use in variable conditions. Layered with a thermal base you’re set for cold winter rides, or paired with a thin vest base layer you’re good for spring and autumn, so it can be worn across a multitude of conditions, weathers and temperatures.
Constructed with a windproof membrane and DWR coating (offering light water repellency) on the front, arms and shoulder panels, the cold air will be kept out allowing you to keep warm. But this is paired with a lightweight stretchier fabric on the back offering a comfy and more relaxed fit too. Three rear pockets and a mobile phone pocket, construction and materials are superb and you’ll get lots of service from this.
Ashmei Men’s LS Classic Jersey
Ashmei is one of Britain’s most premium cycling apparel makers, and this smart looking and super comfortable jersey is their mid weight cross season option. Made from a super premium merino wool blend, it’s super breathable and fast wicking. It’s certainly a more lightweight jersey option – for those chiller days, you would definitely layer it – perhaps it would become your mid layer, or even baselayer – making it a really versatile option that could be used in Autumn/Spring weather, as well as deep winter. This is a more luxury end option that feels great, and has an excellent stretchy fit.
dhb Blok Long Sleeve Jersey
If you’re on a tighter budget, this is vibrant jersey is a fantastic option. Constructed from a lightly fleece feel fabric, it’s nice feeling on the skin and well suited to long days in the saddle. The polyester fabric is breathable, has fast wicking to give good sweat dissipation and great thermal qualities. It also has all the other features you’d want, including 3 pockets to the rear, elasticated silicone gripper on the hem, waterproof YKK zip and reflective detail on the back.
Morvelo Blaze Thermoactive Jersey
This British based cycling apparel brand produce some head turning gear, and none more so than this loud number. The thermoactive is a very versatile layer featuring closed cuffs and close fitting arms – it offers a perfect level of warmth, and layered with a vest underneath you’ll be good for most cold rides, wear a waterproof jacket over the top in fowl conditions and you’ll be just fine too.
This cycling jersey also features a nice high collar, and is made from 100% Italian polyester offering a nice amount of stretch. Neat triple pocket set up (and additional 4th zip pocket), silicone gripper on the hem, and reflective detailing – a lot of product for your money.
Endura FS260 Pro Jetstream Long Sleeve Jersey
A great value option, this durable and no nonsense jersey has windproof front and arm panels, and the inner features a fleece finish on the back and sides – a great combination to keep you warm on colder days. It features a higher collar, three rear pockets, reflective detailing – this is an ideal companion if you’re looking for daily commute option to withstand the rigours or regular daily riding.
If you’re looking for a good daily and durable commuter jersey, the Endura is a great option. Despite it’s high price, our top pick is the Cafe Du Cycliste – technically capable, top quality fabrics, second to none build quality, great fit and looks super stylish.
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