Four of the best long-sleeved autumn-winter road jerseys

From lightweight coverage to Windstopper protection, these four long-sleeved jerseys will keep you comfy

As the leaves change and the temperature drops, we change our road cycling wardrobe, with long sleeve jerseys being a critical staple. Although the fleece-lined jerseys 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 - Pactimo Ascent Long Sleeve Jersey £70 / US$90

Made with wicking Quattro-Lite polyester, the Pactimo 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
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

www.pactimo.com

Midweight - Rapha Long Sleeve Jersey £140 / US$200

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 throw 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.

Rapha's long sleeve jersey doesn’t come in this color this year, but the style and sportwool construction carries over: rapha's long sleeve jersey doesn’t come in this color this year, but the style and sportwool construction carries over
Rapha's long sleeve jersey doesn’t come in this color this year, but the style and sportwool construction carries over: rapha's long sleeve jersey doesn’t come in this color this year, but the style and sportwool construction carries over

www.rapha.cc

Heavyweight - Curve Proline Super Roubaix JT-1 Thermal Aero Jersey £200 / US$225

Imagine the thickest, warmest, softest arm warmers you've ever had, then imagine a jersey made completely from that material and you have the Curve Proline Super Roubaix. Made by MOA in Italy, the Curve Roubaix is all about warm function, with heavy wicking insulation, a tall, rich collar to keep your neck warm, and two waterproof side-zip pockets in addition to the traditional three rear pockets. The jersey can also be ordered with custom graphics.

Two side-zip waterproof pockets keep your phone and other valuables safe: two side-zip waterproof pockets keep your phone and other valuables safe
Two side-zip waterproof pockets keep your phone and other valuables safe: two side-zip waterproof pockets keep your phone and other valuables safe

www.curveinc.com

Jersey/Jacket Hybrid - Castelli Alpha Wind Jersey FZ £175 / US$249

Similar to Rapha Pro Team Jacket, which offers jacket-like protection with jersey-like comfort, the Alpha Wind Jersey FZ lines the front and sleeves with Windstopper 150 fabric, while the back is Castelli's breathable Nano Warm fabric. Uniquely, the Alpha has a built in front liner that has its own zipper. The idea is that the Alpha will be worn with a baselayer, and even when it's cold you'll heat up when climbing and want to unzip. So, instead of exposing your sweaty baselayer, the Alpha has a snug Prosecco Stratus liner sewn into the front. As with all Castelli pieces, the Alpha fits snugly, but it's cut for an on-bike fit so the shoulders never bind, even on broad-shouldered riders.

The castelli alpha wind jersey fz lines the front and sleeves with windstopper 150 fabric: the castelli alpha wind jersey fz lines the front and sleeves with windstopper 150 fabric
The castelli alpha wind jersey fz lines the front and sleeves with windstopper 150 fabric: the castelli alpha wind jersey fz lines the front and sleeves with windstopper 150 fabric

www.castelli-cycling.com

What are your autumn-winter winners? Let us know in the comments below!

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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