The Funkier Isparo Gents Elite Short Sleeve Jersey is a well-priced aero design with a performance fit. Its mesh construction means it's a good choice on hot days.
- Pros: Strong breathability, aero fit, comfortable
- Cons: Gripper doesn't always keep it in place
The Isparo is designed to be a close-fitting and well-ventilated jersey that can be worn on hotter rides. One of the key ways it does this is through its mesh construction on the front and back sections. This works really well and allows air to flow through the jersey and keep you cool. Unlike some mesh designs, it also feels fairly robust and doesn't feel like it would rip easily if caught on something.
Ventilation is helped by the full-length zip running down the centre of the jersey, so it can be unzipped if the temperatures really rocket or on a particularly hard effort. The YKK zip is robust and has an easy-to-use tab.
The sleeves are made from a more traditional thin Lycra, enhancing the potential aero qualities of the jersey. To help with this they also sit a little further down the arm than some, with the end of the sleeve just above the elbow on me (it's not me in the photos).
At the back of the jersey there are three regular pockets which are big enough for pretty much everything I needed for a ride on a warm day, plus one more waterproof and zippable valuables pocket.
Beneath the pockets is an elasticated hem which supposedly has a Sublimation SG-8 gripper, but I found this not as effective as traditional silicone grippers, and there were a couple of times when I found the jersey riding up.
An RRP of £54.99 is a good price for a very breathable and aero jersey; it may not have the same technical elements as the top-end offerings, but I would be more than happy having this on my back on a particularly hot day. It does have some competition though – Sean rated the Northwave Blade Air 3 very highly, for £56.99, and dhb's excellent Aeron Speed has an RRP of £55 but is currently available for £41.99.
Overall, the Isparo is a good jersey that punches above its weight in terms of breathability, and the aero elements are a nice touch. Although the gripper on the hem could be improved, for under £60 it performs very well.
A very breathable and well made jersey at a good price
road.cc test report
Make and model: Funkier Isparo Gents Elite Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Funkier says, "Form-fitted, this race cut jersey is constructed from Funkier's lightest fabric, making this the optimal choice for performance results.
"Designed for the discerning, Elite level cyclist, who demands the ultimate synthesis of fit, function and style, the Elite collection features aerodynamic race fit and superior performance technology. Putting racers on the podium, time after time."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Funkier's Elite level incorporates 250g Mitti Shield endurance, a high-end compression lycra offering excellent muscle support and compression.
Funkier use lightweight fabrics that have incredible stretch, excellent breathability, UV protection and sublimates well.
DL-doubled-over fabric creates a band of lycra fabric that compresses to keep the shorts/jersey in place.
Anatomical race cut
100% breathable/moisture wicking polyester; lightweight fabric
Sublimation SG-8 sleeve and waist grippers
Full length zipper with puller
Three standard back pockets
One water resistant zippered central back pocket stores valuables and smartphone up to six inches
Seems well made and despite being mainly a mesh material it still manages to be relatively robust.
It has excellent breathability thanks to the mesh construction and full-length zipper, but could do with a better gripper system on the hem.
It is strong for a mesh jersey, but it is still a mesh jersey...
It's an aero jersey and fits really well, being tight in the right places but without being restrictive.
The medium size I tried fit exactly as I would expect a medium aero jersey to fit.
Decent enough comfort, although it could do with a better gripper on the bottom of the hem.
A decent mesh aero jersey under £60 is good bang for buck; it's not alone, there are others out there at a similar price, but you can pay a lot more.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy – washed it seven or eight times on a 30 degree wash without incident.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well in hot conditions, kept me cool with a breeze flowing through it.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The breathability is really impressive, with air easily flowing through the mesh material.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The design wasn't particularly to my taste.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's a well made and very breathable jersey, but better gripper on the bottom to stop it riding up would improve it.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.