Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Soft feel
  • Stretchiness


  • Not for lean mean racing machines
  • Few colour options


BAM men’s bamboo cycling jersey


Price as reviewed:


If you care about where your clothing comes from and what affect the making of it had on the environment, this bamboo jersey could float your boat. Word of warning though, if you like your cycling kit skin-tight and aerodynamic, this isn’t for you.

The BAM jersey has a loose cut without too much tapering at the waist or tight fit around the arms or neck. It’s also extremely stretchy. While this means it isn’t suited for the racers out there, it is a great option for anyone who doesn’t like squeezing themselves in to an Italian made jersey meant for the real light weights out there.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as BAM isn’t a cycling clothing company. The British firm makes casual and sporty clothing and this cycling jersey is their sole cycling offer, rather than being part of a complete cycling range.

That will lose the jersey points for cycling specific fit and technology, but it is an extremely comfortable piece of clothing. How something made from 68 per cent bamboo can be so soft and stretchy is impressive. Like merino wool it is also warm and wicks moisture away from the skin very well. Not as much as a technical garment, but far better than a standard cotton top.

There are also many benefits to buying a top made from a source as renewable as bamboo, all of which are listed on BAMs website (link below). Bamboo also naturally combats bacteria and therefore the smell that can ruin a top that has to cope with lots of sweat. 


A very comfortable jersey perfectly suited to anyone carrying a bit more weight than they might like. So perfect for those MAMILs we keep reading about in the daily papers. It will also keep your conscience clear

  • Keri Billen

    I have three of these. Bought them in the summer this year. They are very comfortable and actually are not as loose-fitting as the review in this magazine suggests. I use mine both on and off the road. The material is very breathable and the pockets are the back are a generous size. If like me you don’t want something in a gaudy colour and you want a nicely-fitting good-quality all-round cycling jersey for not very reasonable money then I highly recommend it. I wish they made a long-sleeved version as well.

  • Ken Evans

    Touring specific technology.