Ground Effect Median Strip jersey review£46.00

Merino wool top

BikeRadar score3.5/5

New Zealand-based Ground Effect produce award-winning bike gear with wool from their native merino sheep. This 215g short-sleeve number uses Lightweave fabric which blends a soft merino inner with a harder wearing nylon outer layer.

This two-layer technology works well, not getting sweaty as we’d feared when we read ‘nylon’ in the spec. The jersey cut is on the athletic side and there are twin rear pockets with zip closure.

It’s easy to forget there are two not three rear pockets, and we amused our fellow riders by trying to find the third pocket mid-ride.

The lower hem is left unelasticated which helps the jersey sit flat over shorts – a small detail that others could do well to copy. It comes in blue, white or stealthy black.

When you hear riders harp on about the great performance of merino wool, it’s easy to say “it’s just a jersey”. But when you finally try a jersey like the Median Strip we think you’ll change your tune and become a convert.

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