This Adidas Supernova long sleeve jersey could be a useful bit of kit in its next incarnation. The odd fit needs work, though, if it's going to perform well on the bike.
Made from Adidas Climalite® material this is a thin long sleeve, the idea being that it's good over a range of temperatures and won't cook you if it gets hotter when you're out. It's a fairly standard construction, with a full zip, three pockets (plus a zipped one) at the back and a decent smattering of unobtrusive reflectives. There's a silicone gripper at the back to stop it riding up.
Out on the bike the fabric works well. It's thin enough that it conforms well, and does a good job of wicking away your efforts. It's soft to the touch and comfy against the skin. I've worn it on a couple of early starts and it's been a good choice, temperature-wise: not too cold on a spring morning and not too hot when the sun gets going. The white fabric (other colours are available) probably helps defend you against heating up too.
That's all well and good, but the fit is, well, odd. I'm a big chap at my leanest. At the moment, coming back from injury and carrying a bunch of extra weight from my enforced layoff, I'm bigger still (104kg) but the large test sample was plenty big enough for me. If you're a real giant of the cycling world, in a literal sense, these go up to an XXL. The collar is huge when you'd want it to be a snug fit, and the cuffs are flappy too even on my generously-proportioned arms. It just feels a bit, well, wrong. Except the length, which is okay.
All of which is to say: if you think the fit might suit you, then it's a good spring/autumn top, performance-wise. But the fit won't suit many people.
Good fabric that keeps you comfy in a range of temperatures, but fit needs plenty of work
road.cc test report
Make and model: Adidas Supernova LS jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
With Climalite® soft, lightweight fabric The Supernova Long sleeve Jersey is built for superior fit and moisture management. Silicone elastic gripper on hem and folded mesh cuffs offer additional comfort.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Featuring Climalite® soft lightweight fabric
Superior fit and moisture management
Silicone elastic gripper on hem and folded mesh cuffs offer additional comfort Integrated safety with bright silver reflective three stripes and corporate logo
Security zipper pocket for valuables on back
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It was okay, but the fit is off.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good temperature management for a long-sleeve top.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? No.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
It could be good, this. it just needs the fit addressing.
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 102kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium 853
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.