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Comfortable and warm long-sleeve jersey, ideal for autumn and winter
Weight: 
241g
Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey
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The Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey is a staple of Sportful's range, and it should be a staple of your autumn and winter cycling wardrobe too because it's warm, breathable and very comfortable.

A long-sleeve jersey like the Bodyfit Pro Thermal is ideal for the transition from short-sleeve summer jerseys to heavy winter jackets and waterproofs. This one is made from a TDTxp fabric for the main body panels, and slightly stretchier ThermoDrytex Plus for the arms and shoulders.

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Both materials are thin and lightweight but provide enough insulation for cold early morning rides – I've found it ideal for roughly between 7 and 15°C, a little lower than Sportful's 10 to 20°C recommendation, which I found a little optimistic as it can get a bit warm when you nudge the upper limit, especially if riding at a decent tempo. Breathability is sufficient to prevent any serious overheating, though, and you've got the full-length zipper for ventilation.

Sportful Bodyfit Thermal Jersey - collar.jpg

Sportful Bodyfit Thermal Jersey - collar.jpg

There's no windproof material in this jersey, which can mean that on particularly windy rides you might want to add a windproof or gilet, but much to my surprise I found it performed adequately when fighting cold headwinds for the duration of one particularly tough ride recently. The wind doesn't appear to slice through the fabric like it can with some lightweight long-sleeve jerseys, so you can get away without the extra layer at current temperatures.

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The cut and shape of the jersey will suit cyclists who prefer a fitted jersey. It's available in a generous six sizes, though, and if you get the right one it's a very comfortable jersey, well proportioned, with good length in the sleeves and body to prevent any issues that can afflict some, such as exposed wrists when your arms are stretched out to reach the drops. The long cuffs and tall collar let you hunker down when the cold is really biting at your skin.

Sportful Bodyfit Thermal Jersey - riding.jpg

Sportful Bodyfit Thermal Jersey - riding.jpg

Simple though a long-sleeve jersey may be, this one is really nicely made, with a full-length YKK Vislon zipper and three large rear pockets. I'd like a zipped pocket too, personally, as I like to have somewhere to safely stash the house keys. The waistband is elasticated and lined with silicone tape, and it's slightly dropped at the rear. And if you don't like this colour, there are three others to choose from.

Verdict

Comfortable and warm long-sleeve jersey, ideal for autumn and winter

road.cc test report

Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey

Size tested: Small

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?

Sportful says: "The BodyFit Pro Thermal Jersey is an early-season favorite of the Tinkoff Pro Team, keeping the riders comfortable in early-season training and spring classics."

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

BodyFit Pro construction identical to that used by Team Tinkoff

TDTxp body for extra core warmth and moisture management

ThermoDrytex Plus shoulders and sleeves for high-stretch warmth

Silicone gripper elastic on waistband

3 high-capacity rear pockets

YKK® Vislon® zipper

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

The usual.

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

For tackling chilly rides when it's dry, this is an ideal jersey.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Really good fit and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Lack of a zipped pocket is my only gripe.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

A long-sleeve jersey should be a staple of every cyclist's wardrobe, and this pro-developed one delivers very good performance.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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PhillipM [3 posts] 7 months ago
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A fantastic jersey for those with relativley long arms. One slight fault with it though are the cuffs, which I find don't fit tight enough around my wrists. That said it's not enough of an issue to prevent me from buying it again.