Bright, comfortable, good-looking cycling jerseys make summer riding that little bit more enjoyable, and are a great way to refresh your cycling wardrobe.
Made from technical fabrics designed to wick sweat and keep you cool on hot days, the best ones have all the features you’d hope for with plenty of storage in the rear pockets, a comfortable cut and even a little sun protection in some cases.
BikeRadar has tested a selection of the best jerseys available in the shops to bring you the crème de la crème. Enjoy!
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Endura Women’s Pinstripe Jersey
- £69.99 / $95 / AU$TBC
- Rated best in test
- Comfortable and a great fit
- Great value price for the level of performance and features
- Available in sizes XS, S, M and L
- Three rear pockets and a mesh gel pockets
- Full-length zip
- Limited edition print
The Women’s Pinstripe Jersey is a limited edition print on Endura’s regular-fit jersey.
A great fitting jersey, weighing 13g with no translucency, which means no risk of showing off your bra at the front. The size Small equates well to a dress size UK10/US8, fitting in a close manner that isn’t aero-tight or relaxed.
It has a straight cut bottom, but doesn’t bunch up too much when in the drops, and retains a flattering silhouette on the bike. The laser-cut arms grip comfortably and sit roughly in the middle of the bicep.
The pockets are nothing out of the ordinary, but there is a secret pocket on the right side-panel that would fit a gel or two.
This jersey only loses half a mark because it is not as airy as the Sportful jersey also tested here, but it is very comfortable and less racy looking if you like that.
Santini Women’s Queen 2.0 Aero Light Jersey
- £85 / €90 / $113.99 / AU$153.99
- Available in sizes S, M and L
- Close-fitting aero/race fit
- Five pockets: three at the rear, two on the sides
- Mesh fabric sides and back panel for increased breathability and sweat wicking
- Full-length front zip
The Santini Women’s Queen 2.0 Aero Light Jersey has a long name, and a lot to say too. It is one of few opting for a silicone pattern on the hem of the sleeve, keeping the long, pro-looking length close to my elbows.
The silicone edge continues around two-thirds of the lower hem too, keeping the jersey pulled taught when in action.
My size Small is 12g and very typical of the cycling industry’s take on ‘small’, but it is not a casual Lycra outfit, it is very snug, but it is also very stretchy and was the best fitting performance jersey in this group test.
The material was so flexible, in fact, that in my opinion it would suit a variety of body and breast shapes, providing you don’t mind the tight look.
While it wasn’t as breathable as the Sportful jersey, it was infinitely more comfortable, and no bra was on show here.
For the price, it isn’t the most affordable jersey on test, but I think it lives up to its price tag. It’s also available in aqua blue, orange and purple.
Specialized RBX Dri-Release Merino Jersey
- £80 / $130 / AU$170
- Accurate sizing
- Available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL
- Fitted but relaxed style
- Three standard and one sweat-proof rear pockets
- Deflect UV30 fabric provides sun protection
- Full-length front zipper
- Constructed from soft and naturally anti-microbial Merino blend fabric
The RBX Dri-Release Merino jersey is a classic fit, meaning it is not too tight and not too baggy, conforming to a standard bike industry size Small and fitting my regular, yet busty, size 10 body well. The arms are short with no irritating silicone or tight hems, and the neckline is high but really comfortable.
The pockets were easily reached with elastic hems at the top of the pocket to keep the contents secure, and the waterproof zipped pocket was a welcome addition to store my (small) iPhone and cash away from sweat.
The bright colour and the reflective strips on the sides and down the spine were extremely effective at making me visible on the roads. Coupled with the ability for Merino to dry off quickly and refrain from smelling bad, this would be an ideal jersey for crisp morning commutes.
The jersey lost marks due to being slightly warmer than the mesh alternatives, and for being thin enough to see my bra.
Available in X-Small to X-Large in high-viz pink, dark grey or red, it weighs in at 17g.
Sportful BodyFit Pro W Evo Jersey
- £90 / $123 / AU$176
- Best for riding on hot days
- Close fitting, race-cut jersey
- Collarless design
- Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL
- Full-length YKK front zip
- Three rear pockets
The BodyFit Pro Jersey has a very considered approach to bike fit; it’s lower hem sits high at the front, low at the back, and it has a sleeve length that comes to just above the elbows plus a collar-free neckline.
It is clear this is a race-oriented jersey, and no wonder, as Sportful produces kit for the Drops Women’s Pro Cycling Team.
The Aero Stretch Mesh material feels light and airy thanks to tiny holes all over the garment, including the elasticated sleeves.
This was by far the best on test in hot weather, but the mesh is a little starchy feeling and translucent enough to mean that underwear, such as bras, is very visible through the mesh, which is why it didn’t get full marks.
The size small tested here weighed 12g and fitted like a snug size UK10/US8 which is to be expected as it is designed to be aero.
The BodyFit Pro Jersey is available in XS to XXL, in either black, pale blue, navy blue or fluorescent coral.
Kalf Flux Print Women’s Short Sleeved Jersey
- £70 / $78 / AU$105
- Good fit with a long length in the torso
- Good underarm ventilation
- Bright and colourful
- Available in sizes S, M, L and XL
- Three rear pockets with one secure zipped pocket
- Full-length front zip
The bright and bold Flux Print jersey from Kalf is available exclusively from UK retailers Evans Cycles.
It comes in a range of sizes from S to XL and fits a little on the small size, and on my curvy UK size 14 frame I found the large a little tight on the hips and bust, so you may want to go up a size if you prefer a looser fit or are large in the chest area.
The cuffs for the sleeves are reinforced with a band that gives a nice clean edge, but doesn’t have the same amount of stretch as the rest of the jersey, so can be a little restrictive.
Good news for taller riders is that this jersey sits relatively long in the body, and the silicone gripper patches help the dropped tail stay in place.
A feature that was much appreciated in the warm weather was the perforated underarm panels, which allowed a blissful cooling breeze through to help wick away sweat and moderate temperature.
The rear pockets, which include a secure pocket, fit plenty in but the material can stretch quite a lot, which can pull the rear of the jersey down.
Overall, this was, for the most part, a comfortable jersey that performed well in hot conditions and looks good to boot.
Le Col Pro Women’s Jersey
- £120 / $156 / AU$211
- Close, aero/race fit jersey
- Full-length front zip
- Available in sizes XS, S, M and L
- Three large rear pockets and one waterproof pocket
- Headphone port
The Pro Women’s Jersey is a classic fit with a classic look and minimal graphics. Logos are stitched in rather than stuck on, and there’s a strip of reflective material on the back pockets.
It is a close fit, but not skin-tight, and my Small fitted my size 10 body perfectly with plenty of freedom to move around.
The material was a little thick and not the most breathable on test, but aside from the warmth, it was one of my favourite jerseys to wear from the group test, on par with Santini, and weighed 14g.
The pockets were a little high for me to easily reach into, but they were deep and fitted quite a lot of stuff in there. The zipped pocket fitted my small iPhone perfectly and the waterproofing kept it away from harmful sweat.
I strongly recommend this jersey, but it is warmer and a lot more expensive than the others on test, hence it lost a few points in comparison to others. It’s available in sizes Extra Small to Large, and in two colourways: navy with pink details or purple and pale blue.