Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey review

We put Sportful's redesigned Bodyfit jersey through its paces

Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race Jersey
Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race Jersey
Cycling Weekly Verdict

With a fresh design, the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey has got even better this summer, gaining an excellent aero fit as well as a more lightweight and breathable construction that makes it hard to beat as a summer jersey to pull out of the wardrobe for those big hot weather rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent fit

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    Lightweight

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    Breathable

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    High quality construction

Reasons to avoid
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    Tightness across chest forces zip down

Updated for 2016, the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey now has an improved aero fit that makes it the perfect choice for fast rides at the height of summer.

While the previous Bodyfit jersey was an impressive piece of kit with a really high quality feel, but the fit was a little loose for riders after a good aero jersey for cutting through the air.

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That is greatly improved this time round, and the fit on the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey is one of the best of any aero jersey currently on the market. There’s absolutely no loose material hanging down at the front, no flapping material at the shoulder blades, and it doesn’t ride up at the back at all.

The only slight problem I found was that the fit was a little bit too tight across the chest. This wasn’t uncomfortable, but meant that if the zip wasn’t locked right at the top, it was pulled down a couple of inches, which wasn’t ideal.

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The fabric of the new Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey is considerably lighter and more breathable than the old model. The jersey uses a DryPro Light fabric for the main body and Aero Stretch Mesh fabric across the shoulders, both of which do a great job of keeping you cool, although they are a bit see-through, so you’ll need to wear a baselayer underneath.

Thankfully the rear of the jersey isn’t too stretchy, which is good as it means that the three good-sized rear pockets don’t sag when fully loaded at the start of a long ride, and also don’t ride up thanks to the effective silicon gripper that runs around the hem.

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Also impressive is the longevity of the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey. As it’s such a good piece of kit I’ve been using it frequently over the whole summer, and there are no signs of wear, with even the slightly fragile looking lazer cut sleeves still looking sharp.

Finally, the price. At £75, the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Race jersey is far from the cheapest jersey on the market, but you can find yourself paying a lot more for aero jerseys from other brands. Considering the quality and performance of this garment, I’d consider that money well spent.

For more details visit the Sportful website.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.