Aspiring jersey review£83.00

Merino top from the Antipodes

BikeRadar score4/5

From New Zealand comes this classic looking, retro-styled merino wool jersey. It’s comfortable with neatly stitched seams, and as it’s made from wool you can wear it throughout the year. We’ve been using it as part of our winter layering system, where wool’s warmth comes to the fore. But come spring we’ll be wearing it on its own, making the most of merino’s wicking qualities in warmer weather.

It has a 5.5in long zip (good in winter but a bit short for summer) and three equally sized rear pockets. Overall it’s hard to fault this top, although some riders may not be keen on the logo on the front. Aspiring also make embroidered versions ($185), short-sleeved tops ($165) and women’s jerseys, all in a similarly stylish muted colour palette.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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