The classic short-sleeved cycling jersey is a staple item in any rider's wardrobe - we round up some of the best summer options
A good cycling jersey can dramatically improve your comfort and confidence on the bike, and there’s a plethora of choice out there – with something to suit most preferences and bank balances.
You want a cycling jersey to sit fairly close to the skin, with as little flapping material as possible. This will be more important to racers, who will be after an aerodynamic advantage.
A fabric that offers a great deal of stretch will be ideal and you’d expect it to be quick wicking and fast drying. More premium jerseys will feature laser cut sleeves, or silicone grippers at the cuffs and waist.
Traditionally, cycling jerseys have three rear pockets for storing basic necessities: inner tubes, tyre levers and a pump. Pay a little more and you often get one zipped pocket that may be water resistant to protect a smartphone.
Here’s a look at some of the best jerseys we’ve tested, and a little more insight into what to look for below…
Our pick of the best summer cycling jerseys
Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey
The Sportful Bodyfit race Jersey is one of the best aero jerseys on the market. There’s no loose material on the front, no flapping material and a well elasticated waist meaning this jersey does not ride up your back.
Mavic Aksium jersey
Mavic’s Aksium Jersey has a clean look and is made with “Ride wick” fabric. It’s light and breathable, making it an easy choice for an ‘everyday favourite’.
Lusso Air-16 jersey
Designed for riding in British weather, this white summer jersey comes with UV protection. A full frontal zipper and excellently elasticated pockets means you won’t be losing any essential kit.
Castelli RS Superleggera jersey
Designed for riding in the heat, this jersey is one of the lightest short sleeve jerseys produced by Castelli. Three open pockets to store your essentials and only coming in darker colours means this jersey is not see through.
Sportful Gruppetto Team jersey
Retailing at well under £100, the Sportful Gruppetto Team jersey gives you everything a pro jersey can, for a lot less. Designed for longer rides this jersey has a lot of pocket space and a slightly looser fit.
Bontrager Velocis Halo jersey
Designed to offer safety on night time riding the Halo jersey comes equipped with a high viz design. The central rear panel and the hems of the sleeves are perforated with reflective “Pixels” that shine incredibly brightly when lit up by headlights.
Mavic Cosmic Pro Jersey
Made for riding in hot weather on the mountains, Mavic claim this jersey to be their lightest jersey ever race jersey. The jersey fits nicely, with an easy to adjust front zipper and four different colours to pick from.
Castelli Volata FZ Jersey
An excellent fit with a low collar, this jersey is created to fit you like a glove. It has a clean design and some great attention to detail. Castelli have added a full length zip and pockets with plenty of room.
Our pick of the best women’s cycling jerseys
Giro Women’s Chrono Pro Jersey
An incredibly light, breathable fabric that offers great deal of stretch. Race fit, with zero flapping material for an aerodynamic advantage.
Castelli Women’s Climbers Jersey
Designed specifically for hot days, the climber’s jersey features a half length zip, with a light mesh layer beneath it – meaning you can regulate your temperature on the way up without bearing all. Called Castelli’s most technical jersey to date, it’s super lightweight with close fit mesh arm bands.
dhb Blok Women’s Short Sleeve Nova Jersey
Wiggle’s in house brand, dhb, is renowned for offering quality cycling kit at affordable prices. The Blok range provides functional comfort, with bold designs and the Nova jersey is no exception. Mesh underarms and side panels provide added ventilation.
Kalf Flux Women’s Short Sleeve Jersey
Kalf arrived on the scene for 2017, with the aim of offering high quality cycling clothing without attaching a huge price tag. The Flux jersey is constructed from a soft fabric that fits close to the skin, and features laser cut sleeves as well as perforated fabric under the arms.
What to look for in a cycling jersey
We always advise you to take a mobile phone out on your rides for emergencies, but you don’t want to be constantly worried that it may skip out of your rear pocket. Shallow pockets or ones that are too loose are no good for mini-pumps, while a zipped compartment and deeper pockets give peace of mind for valuables.
The fit of a jersey is important in terms of comfort and appearance. If it’s cutting into your waist with an overly tight silicone gripper, you may look like you have a spare tyre even if you don’t! A good cut can flatter and make you feel like you own the road.
We’ve seen one or two of the Tour de France riders with nasty sunburn due to mesh jerseys and a lack of sun cream. Have a think about the conditions in which you’ll be cycling and consider the thickness of material you require. A wicking material is key to ensuring you don’t end up soaked in sweat for the whole ride.