As the leaves change and the temperature drops, we change our road cycling wardrobe, with the long sleeve jersey being a critical staple. Although the fleece-lined jersey available from many companies is a solid solution, this season, four long sleeve jerseys stand out to us: Pactimo’s Ascent, Curve’s Proline Super Roubaix, Rapha’s Long Sleeve and Castelli’s new Alpha Wind Jersey FZ with Gore Windstopper.
Lightweight – Ascent Long Sleeve Jersey US$90 / £70
Made with wicking Quattro-Lite polyester, the Ascent offers similar insulation to wearing arm warmers with a short sleeve jersey, but without any constriction on your arms. Mesh side panels allow for a conforming fit, and there is an earphone hole in the rear pocket and loop at the collar if you like to ride with music. The blast of ‘Manic Yellow’ on the left shoulder and reflective trim keep you visible to drivers as the light dims. The Ascent can be ordered with your own graphics, as custom is Pactimo’s specialty.
Pactimo’s ascent long sleeve jersey is a lightweight option for cool days: pactimo’s ascent long sleeve jersey is a lightweight option for cool days Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Midweight – Rapha Long Sleeve Jersey US$200 / £140
Sportwool is a user-friendly blend of Merino wool and polyester. It has the bacteria- and thus odor-fighting properties of wool, with the wicking ability of polyester. Plus, you can just through it in the wash like a normal jersey. Please note the Long Sleeve no longer comes in color shown. Also note that we certainly aren’t about to get rid of our ‘old’ Rapha Long Sleeve.