Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey review

Whether you've just gained your first Strava QOM or are looking to concur your first Col, the Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey helps you celebrate your goal with this light weight, breathable and practical number

Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The beautifully made Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey is highly practical, incredibly comfortable and ideal for an epic hot day on an self supported ride, although some riders may take issue with the white front panel leaving little to the imagination.     

Reasons to buy
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    Women's specific fit

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    5 jersey pockets

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    Elastic free sleeves

Reasons to avoid
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    White front panel can be revealing

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Claiming your crown on a Strava section out on local roads, or digging deep to climb several hundred feet, means putting some hard work in on the bike, and clothing should reflect this effort and dedication. The Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey has been designed to do just that, and has been designed specifically for attacking the climbs.

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The Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey uses two polyester fabrics in its construction, a body hugging and stretchy 'Arctic' on the front and sleeves, which Santini say enhances the aerodynamic properties of the jersey, and a 'Half-Moon' micro mesh at the back and sides for breathability.

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Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey

The jersey waist is predominantly silicone backed elastic.

At the base of the Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey a five centimetre wide siliconed elasticated band all but wraps round the waist, where the main body of the jersey making up the remaining seven centimeters of fabric either side of central zip.

The arms of the Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey have minimal construction, keeping seams to a minimum and doing away with elastic and silicone.

Unusually for a road jersey the Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey has five rear pockets, all of which are sensibly sized, measuring at least nine centimetres pre-stretch width.

Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey

The back design of the Santini Queen of the Mountains Jersey.

The Ride

Slipping the Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey on and it's clear that it's a 'race cut' design, with its skin tight fit especially noticeable across the arms, shoulders, and waist, without being over compressing.

At just 116grams it feels featherweight when on and, depending on base layers, can become incredibly breathable on even the hottest of days in the saddle. Talking of base layers, it's something that you may need to pay extra attention too as the white front panel leaves little to the imagination, which may make some riders feel a little self conscious.

With five pockets all across the back, it does mean that the two outer ones wrap round at the sides meaning they are really easy to access while on the move, which does make them ideal for snacks. However, this does feel slightly contradictory to the race cut fit and lightweight nature of the Santini Queen of the Mountains jersey. Altough if you are on a long ride, factoring in snacks or using a pair of arm warmers for the decent down the mountain and the design makes more sense.


As with all Santini clothing, it's gold star in terms construction and clearly a lot of thought has gone in to the fit and function of the jersey, and at nearly £85.00 it sits at the higher end of the market, but for riders looking for a partner in helping them climb the cols then they won't be disappointed.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.