GripGrab Women’s Gravelin MerinoTech Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey review - low bulk and surprisingly good value

A versatile long sleeve which performs great in milder conditions - and can be the cornerstone of a layering system with gilets, windshells and rain capes

Female cyclist wearing the GripGrab Women’s Gravelin MerinoTech Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The GripGrab Women’s Gravelin MerinoTech Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey is an insulating layer that’s figure-hugging and wonderfully comfy against the skin. Thanks to the close cut, it’s easy to chuck on additional outer layers that’ll provide extra protection against the rain. High quality for a lower price than much of the competition.

Reasons to buy
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    Lots of warmth for a low bulk layer

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    Good value

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    Zipped pocket for essentials

Reasons to avoid
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    No waterproof zipped pocket

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The GripGrab Women’s Gravelin MerinoTech Thermal Long Sleeve Jersey is a lightweight long sleeve that provides a surprising amount of warmth for its low bulk fit. As the fit is so close, it’s easy to pull other layers on over the top, such as a gilet, lightweight wind jacket or a rain jacket. It gives you that flexibility so you can deal with changeable conditions on the day. Plus, if you are mixing in some harder efforts into your long ride, you don’t have to worry about overheating, as you can just remove those outer layers.

I really like having the modular layering system rather than committing to a full-on winter jacket, at least before the temperatures really do dip low enough that a winter jacket is necessary. GripGrab’s offering covers this purpose very well and so I’ve found myself pulling it on ride after ride. For me, it’s one of the best long sleeve jerseys for cycling.  

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg