Best women's cycling jerseys: short sleeved cycling tops for summer

Female cyclist wearing a short sleeve jersey
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A women's cycling jersey, with short sleeves, that keeps you cool and comfortable is a necessity for enjoying—and performing on—warm weather rides.

Even when narrowing your search down to cycling jerseys with female specific cuts, there’s an overwhelming choice of brands, styles, fits and cuts. But this also means you will be able to find something to suit your preferences and budget if you know where, and what, to look for.

First, here’s a few cues regarding what to think about when searching for a women’s summer cycling jersey and then we share a selection of our favourites, for all needs and price points.

A good women's summer cycling jersey will sit fairly close to the skin and won’t flap about in the wind. Some brands boast about the aerodynamic advantages of their fit, but be careful, a jersey too tight can have the effect of suffocating your workout—you need to be able to breathe and move freely.

To help with this, a fabric that offers a great deal of stretch is ideal. Some other qualities to look out for are fabrics that draw moisture away from your body, known as wicking, and are also fast drying.

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Most cycling jerseys will have three rear pockets for carrying the basic necessities while out on the road. With these you’ll want enough space for carrying nutrition, inner tubes, tyre levers and a pump—but not too much that these supplies ferociously bounce around whenever you put down the power out the saddle. Although you will find some with zipped pockets that offer better security for your valuables, such as house keys or smartphone. Some also come lined with water resistant material for added protection when you get caught in a summer shower.

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Best women's cycling jerseys for summer

Here's a look at some of the best women's jerseys we have reviewed and some others that have caught our eye.

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dhb Aeron Speed short sleeve jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Fit+Comfort+Aerodynamics+Choice+Female/ Male fit+Price
Reasons to avoid
-More male than female colours

Developed with insight from the UCI Continental cycling team Canyon dhb p/b Soreen, the fit is body-hugging but not reveal-all tight. Although the sleeves extend quite far - just above the elbow - the jersey still performs well in the heat, making a moorland ride on one of the hottest days of the year manageable.

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The pockets are well sized and supportive enough to carry all riding paraphernalia without sagging down. Only criticism to make is that there are far more colour option available for the male version than the female one.

Reasons to buy
+Fit+Moisture wicking+Feel and texture+Pockets
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t overload pockets

Due to the natural anti-microbial properties of merino wool, this is a jersey that can be worn for multiple days and still smell fresh. The material feels incredibly soft on the skin and the cut is more relaxed than a race jersey, but still comfortably close fitting.

A common pitfall of merino jerseys is that you can’t overload the pockets, and this one is no different. Although they are an impressive size, if you put too much weight in them, they will sag down a lot more than you would like.

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Reasons to buy
+Fit+Moisture wicking+Coldblack+Breathable+5 pockets+Weight+female and male fit+Price
Reasons to avoid
-Limited reflective detailing-Colour choice

As you may have gleaned from the name, this is dhb’s jersey specifically for ultra-riding and racing—although the design features it has makes it an incredibly versatile jersey for everyday riding. The fit is snug and definitely inline with the performance wear of the dhb Aeron range.

Incorporating a Coldblack finishing treatment, although the jersey is quite dark, it stays cool even in the direct sun. The fabric is also highly breathable and quick wicking, which further increases the comfort. A total of five pockets means that there is ample space for everything you might want to take with you on a ride. The only downside is the limited range of colour and extent of reflective detailing.

Santini Tono Chromosome Jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Breathable+Quick drying+Reflective detailing+Storage options
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing-Pocket sag

With a ‘squiggles’ pattern to represent the female XX chromosome markers, this lightweight Santini jersey has been designed in collaboration with Lizzie Deignan.

Weighing in at just 108g and breathable, this jersey works well for sweaty rides indoors and it's also practical enough for roaming on the road—making this a good value, versatile option.

Rapha + Outdoor Voices women's jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Quality fabric+Relaxed fit+Pockets that stay put
Reasons to avoid
-Coin purse-Performance price tag

Rapha has combined quality fabric and an attractive design with a relaxed fit for this Outdoor Voices jersey.

This jersey has ample pockets that are well supported so they don't jump around. Three of the pockets also have zips which makes this a practical choice on road rides for carrying valuables.

Lusso fade short sleeve women's jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Aero sleeves/waist hem with more relaxed body fit+Value for money+Zipped pocket+Breathability
Reasons to avoid
-Fabric quite fragile

Based around Lusso's R1 Style Breath, the Fade jersey aptly named after it's colour detail, means there is a large range of colours to choose from if the fade options clash with your bike.

The jerseys offer a pro fit with plenty of breathability built in for hard fast rides in hot weather, while still promising 50+ UV protection.

Weighing just 111g, for a size small, there's very little bulk, while three large and one small pocket keep it practical. This level of performance rarely comes at a price tag quite so friendly.

Best women's cycling jerseys for summer

Reasons to buy
+Quick drying+Soft fabric+Secure pockets stay put+Smooth collar line
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Side panels quite stiff

Available in stealth black or teal/blue, this is a pro level piece of kit constructed from quick drying fabric which allows you to work hard. It has a close fit and a tidy collar, with ample pocket space that also holds pumps and tubes in place well.

A reflective panel can also be found on each sleeve, giving you necessary visibility.

Stolen Goat Epic women's cycling jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Soft, stretchy material+Close fit+Fade print
Reasons to avoid
-Limited pocket space-Waistband rolled up a bit

Stolen Goat has combined the very on-trend fade print with the sort of material that (race) cyclist's dreams are made of: it's soft, stretchy and the close fit creates a QOM ready aero silhouette.

At just 108g for a size extra small, it's barely there, but be warned: the delicate material does show up anything you're wearing underneath, and pocket space was not high on the agenda here. If your looking for a performance orientated jersey that's highly breathable the Epic is just the ticket.

Sportful Bodyfit Pro W Evo jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Mesh construction+Fit+Three rear pockets+Four colours

Available in four colours, this lightweight jersey has mesh inserts to increase breathability, and delivers an excellent fit. Plenty of space in the pockets and laser cut cuffs for a close fit.

Craft Essence jersey

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Reasons to buy
+Environmentally friendly manufacturing process+SPF 50+Beat the Heat Cooling fabric+Lightweight+Male and female specific fits
Reasons to avoid
-Small zip pocket

Craft uses an environmentally friendly design process and comes out with a top end performance jersey with a friendly price tag. Just be aware that the sizing comes up quite small, and the zip pocket won't hold much more than a basic house key.

Alé Women's R-EV1 Rumbles Jersey

A hugely popular brand among female riders, Alé make kit that fits great, and the R-EV1 Rumbles is a performance focused utilising performance fabric. There's a range of loud designs on offer, but we like this slightly more understated option.

Best women's cycling jerseys for summer

dhb Blok Women's Short Sleeve 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.

Best women's cycling jerseys for summer

PEdAL ED Hane Lightweight jersey

Japanese brand PEdAL ED create some beautiful block colour jerseys, utilising super soft fabric that's lightweight and sits close to the skin. Not the most value orientated option at all, but the delicate material feels great to pull on.

In our experience, sizing comes up quite small, so worth trying on or paying attention to the size guide.

We hope these suggestions help you make the perfect choice—happy cycling!