The baby-blue Blackmore Cross Jersey is the latest from Blackmore Cycling Apparel as it reaches out into the women's-specific cycling jersey market
It’s always great to see a new offering of women’s-specific clothing hit the market, especially when it offers a unique selling point – which in the Cross Jersey’s case is the longer than average sleeve length.
Founded in 2015, Blackmore really impressed us with its North Hill bibshort – kudos indeed in a really competitive market – so we jumped at the opportunity to get our hands on its first women’s-specific (relatively) short-sleeved jersey.
The eight-panel Blackmore Cross Jersey uses what Blackmore calls ‘Wembley’, a perforated polyester mix fabric at both the front and back making the jersey extremely ventilated in the main torso section, and pretty shear, so you’ll want to consider sports bra and vest pairing if you are a modesty minded.
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Cut on the bias, these torso panels of the Cross Jersey have a good level of horizontal stretch, giving a body-contouring fit, while limiting vertical stretch, preventing any sag from well-loaded pockets.
Unfortunately, you won’t need a lot of items to overload the pockets as at 100mm at full stretch, the two either side of the central pocket (135mm) only just took my iPhone, and it wouldn’t fit with a waterproof cover. I was just able able to load my usual paraphernalia of phone, two tubes, two tyre levers, a mini pump and multi-tool, but it left zero room for a rain cape, arm warmers or snacks – making a saddle bag a must.
With a higher Lycra content, the neck and extended arm panels of the Blackmore Cross Jersey are incredibly stretchy, and when teamed with the 450mm raw cut silicone-backed sleeve gripper, allowed for a very athletic and snug design.
These sleeves will almost certainly create a divide in opinion as they stop just above the elbow, unlike a traditional finish of mid bicep. Personally, it wasn’t a ‘yea’ from me – it wasn’t uncomfortable or even an unflattering look, it’s just a fit that I’m not keen on as I like a good old-fashioned tan line. But if you fancy something a little different, here it is.
Overall, the Blackmore Cross Jersey’s fit is very snug and would make a great racing jersey (where jersey pocket space isn’t at a premium), and with that in mind, it does come up small, so unless you want it closer than close, it’s worth going up a size.
At £84.99 the Cross Jersey is very much a premium offering and there are touches, such as the heat transfer label to prevent any poky bits, and a few reflective elements, that add some finesse but this is a competitive market and I’m not sure it currently offers exceptional value for money.
That said, if it’s longer than average sleeves that you’ve been on the lookout for, then the Blackmore Cross Jersey could be your ideal.
A nice alternative from the usual clothing suspects, but with a fit that won't suit everyone – and the pockets are very small.