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Verdict: 
Nicely designed and generally comfortable jersey for cool weather training
Weight: 
395g
Madison Sportive Thermal Roubaix jersey
7 10

Madison's Sportive Thermal Roubaix jersey is a classic winter training top that does an excellent job of banishing late autumn chill.

The cut is more precise than some, which is something to be aware of if you're buying online. Madison describes it as 'pre-curved', although size-wise it comes up slightly generous – generally speaking I'm a large in most jerseys, being broader across the shoulders than my height and build suggest, but medium was ideal for me.

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The manufacturer's blurb talks of high performance fabrics designed to keep us comfortable 'when active'. Essentially, this boils down to a nicely executed polyester shell and micro-fleece lining.

Worn with a short-sleeved merino or better quality polyamide baselayer through increasingly chill October afternoons, the thin pile lining is extremely tactile and more than adequate for single figures. Somewhat predictably, more basic polyester baselayers under the Sportive jersey left me feeling clammy over comparable distances, though never uncomfortably so.

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - on bike

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - on bike

A strong autumn sun left me feeling much warmer than thermometer readings would have suggested, but after a short delay the fibres of the jersey kept reasonable pace with my own efforts on late evening, middle distance rides. In any case, climate control is easily tweaked by the front zipper. Speaking of which, given that it's a winter garment a stodgier zipper tag would have made access easier in full-finger gloves.

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - xip

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - xip

Haring along windswept 1-in-4s at 40mph, things felt temperate and the jersey neck is just high enough to prevent wind whistling inside without having to resort to buffs and similar garments. The cuffs sit just the right side of snug, but check that your chosen gloves offer sufficient overlap – I found that some allowed a small gap when cruising on the hoods, permitting cold, blustery weather inside. Thankfully, the sensible neck and tail, complete with silicone gripper, prevented further intrusion.

Persistent drizzle is about as water repelling as things get, so you'll need to stuff a micro-jacket into one of the rear pockets if the forecast looks changeable.

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The rear pockets follow the traditional three terrace design, and although they aren't as cavernous as some they will manage the usual essentials – tube, multi tool, CO2 cartridges, energy bars and so on. There's also a nifty zippered valuables stash for change/keys that'll just about swallow a small wallet.

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - pockets

Madison Sportive men's long sleeve thermal roubaix jersey - pockets

Ours was the seasonally appropriate fluoro yellow with sensibly positioned retro-reflective logos, zipper and diagonal stripes across the middle pocket. There are black and red versions, should you fancy something more subtle.

Verdict

Nicely designed and generally comfortable jersey for cool weather training

road.cc test report

Make and model: Madison Sportive Thermal Roubaix jersey

Size tested: Medium

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?

Madison says: "The Sportive Thermal Roubaix jersey is perfect for Spring, Autumn or Winter conditions."

I can attest to autumn and it's shaping up well as the days become progressively darker and cooler.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Madison says:

The pre-curved shape offers real comfort when in the riding position.

Three rear hand pockets offer enough space for spare tubes, tools, food and a race cape, and the concealed zipper pocket keeps your phone and keys safe

Reflective tape on the main zipper and around the biceps combined with several reflective prints ensure great night time visibility

Constructed from Italian Thermal Roubaix Lycra, this long sleeve jersey keeps the chill out without letting you over heat

Mesh panels in the underarm prevent you over heating

Elasticated hem with silicone gripper keeps the jersey firmly in place

Limited lifetime warranty

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Nicely made, and on a par with others of a similar price.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Wears and washes well, easy to live with.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10

Comfort is generally good, although it's best paired with a baselayer and a jacket.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Competitive.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It has lived up to expectation and is a very nice take on the classic winter training jersey. Moisture management is reasonable, even in milder conditions, and while you can feel icy winds licking at the shell, those fibres retain welcome warmth.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Classic design, good cut and some nice touches.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Certainly lives up to its hype and is a good mid-price option.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly

Use this box to explain your score

Overall a good interpretation of the winter training jersey narrative with some nice features. Competition is pretty fierce at this end of the market, though.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 1m 81cm  Weight: 70kg

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking