Bontrager Starvos jersey review

The Bontrager Starvos jersey proves that you can get a great summer jersey without breaking the bank

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bontrager Starvos is a great lightweight jersey for summer riding, and comes with a very reasonable price-tag

Reasons to buy
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    Great value

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    Light weight

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    Plenty of pocket space

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Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly baggy arms

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Logic dictates that a short sleeve jersey should be one of the simplest, and therefore cheapest, pieces of your cycling wardrobe. However with some jerseys now commanding a triple-figure price-tag, you are left wondering where you’re money’s going.

>>> Buyer's guide to summer cycling jerseys

Enter the Bontrager Starvos jersey, a new model that’s slotted in at the bottom of the American company’s range. At £29.99 it’s competitively priced and certainly offers everything you can ask from a short sleeve jersey.

At only 161g Bontrager’s priorities are clear, and this is very much a light jersey for warm weather riding. The side panels and undersides of the sleeves are perforated with tiny holes to improve cooling, and the jersey is generally light and comfortable to wear. My only complaint was that the sizing on the sleeves was slightly too generous, but at the same time I can’t say I put in the hours at the gym this winter.

>>> Buyer's guide: summer cycling clothing

Three rear pockets mean the Bontrager Starvos jersey has ample storage space for energy bars to fuel you through long summer rides, and the material isn’t too stretchy, meaning that it doesn’t snag when fully laden. The full length zip is also a good addition for a jersey in a price bracket that all too often doesn’t provide this.

For more details visit the Bontrager website.

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