Jerseys - long sleeve
The Primavera long sleeve jersey from OneTen aims to tackle those days when it's too warm for a jacket but too nippy for summer kit; British weather really. A technical piece of clothing, every panel's material seems to have been considered and applied to best effect.
OneTen is a new brand for me so off to the 'about us' I went. The company specifically aims to apply brain power over tradition when designing their kit, to create items that work in all the right places. The jersey feels different to any long sleeve I've used in the past.
The new Storck Long Sleeve Jersey Pro is a really high-quality top with a luxurious feel – although the price will deter many.
Clearly, £149 is a lot of money for a cycling jersey. We know that – we've not lost all sense of proportion just yet. But this is a very good jersey.
The Pro is mostly polyamide (nylon) with polypropylene, elastane and carbon in there. That doesn't tell the whole story, though, because Storck use several different types of fabric here.
This full-merino T-shirt is excellent quality with a couple of useful cycling-specific features, but it's not so blatantly bikey that it looks out of place when you're not in the saddle.
A long sleeved jersey that's designed primarily with spring and autumn in mind, according to the website, the perplexingly named BBB Missionshield Women's LS Jersey is a lightweight full-zip long sleeved jersey, made from super stretchy Perfotec Polyester.
The Specialized Pro Long Sleeve Jersey is a great no-fuss top for cooler weather, especially if you like red.
Made from Power Dry Soft fabric the Pro jersey is a cosy top. With an inner brushed fleece and a waffle textured outer it's perfectly suited to chillier days.
Cold-weather cycling clothing is now a necessity, and dhb's Vaeon Roubaix Long Sleeve jersey is a fine insulated top for autumn and early winter with a good fit and decent price.
It's made from the same 235g Lombardia Roubaix Lycra as used in the Vaeon Roubaix Bib tights. A mid-weight fabric, it isn't too bulky and fits closely next to the body and works well in the current temperatures. Paired with a short sleeve base layer it's good for harder training rides, or worn with a long sleeve base layer is good for steady tempo rides.
The Castelli Trasparente Due Wind Jersey is a winner for autumn and spring riding – it has performed superbly over the past few weeks.
The Trasparente is actually one of those tops that splits the difference between a jersey and a jacket. I'll get that in early so you don't write it off as a too expensive jersey. That would be a mistake.
dhb have really come a long way in the few years since it was launched as a clothing brand by online retailer Wiggle, and the Blade Windslam long sleeve jersey is a fine example of how well designed and keenly priced their clothing is.
An Italian Lombardia 235g Roubaix fabric is used in the construction of the jersey which has a remarkably soft feel next to the skin. To live up to its Windslam name there's a windproof membrane on the chest and outer arms panels so that the part of you facing into the wind is well protected.
Mat was impressed with the Cervo Rosso Strada full zip jersey that he tested back in the summer, and now with the temperature plummeting as we careen into winter, I've been testing the Cervo Rosso Strada CX long sleeve jersey.
The Tip Top, from Kiwi kit company Ground Effect is great either as a base layer or a long sleeve jersey for cooler days.
I'll admit to being quite a fan of Ground Effect kit. It's well thought out, no-nonsense riding clothing that works well on the bike and blends in nicely when you're off it. It's certainly a little more restrained (and cheaper) than the YMX Winter Flower top that Leonie reviewed a while ago!