Conquest's Performance 1 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey is a well-made, slim-fitting Roubaix Lycra top for wearing in spring and autumn or as part of a layered system right into winter.
The jersey is made from a synthetic mix that's extremely stretchy. That means that the it sits very close to your body and arms, but it doesn't feel at all tight or uncomfortable. I found the sleeves a generous length, which can be a concern for long-limbed types, and the elasticated binding at the cuffs stopped air blowing in there.
You can see in the photos that the top panels of the arms/shoulders are a little shinier than the other fabrics used, but unlike those areas on some jerseys, they aren't windproof. You get quite a lot of insulation here courtesy of the brush-backed fabrics but air can certainly get in and out. That means the Performance 1 jersey offers a high level of breathability, although you'll probably need something windproof over the top when the weather gets colder. I'll have a gilet over the top when the temperature drops below about 12°C.
You get a few neat little features here. For example, as well as yer bog standard three rear pockets, there's an additional zipped fourth one for your valuables. A slot in the fabric allows you to feed an earphones lead through, if that's your thing.
Very stretchy fabrics like you get here often stretch down really low and get in the way when you fill up the pockets with full winter supplies, but I didn't have that trouble here because of the close fit. The jersey holds everything against your body so it doesn't have the chance to sag down. Well, that's how it worked for me, anyway.
The full-length front zip comes with an easy to grab puller and a fold of fabric at the top prevents it irritating your chin. Although it fits closely, the collar isn't the highest ever which is another reason why I'd say the Performance 1 is more suited to spring and autumn rather than the heart of winter.
You can certainly get spring/autumn jerseys a lot cheaper than this, but the good features and high quality all round help to justify the price.
Slim-fitting and breathable thermal jersey best suited to spring and autumn use.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Conquest Performance Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: medium, black
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?
The long sleeve jersey follows a similar cut and pattern design to our short sleeve jersey but is made with a cooler climate fabric. The jersey is cut from a luxurious high tech blend of brushed Italian lycra fabric which is breathable to avoid overheating. The Performance long sleeve is form fitted and our brushed thermal fabric insulates you from cold conditions more effectively. The jersey is designed to trap a layer of air between your body and the fabric which insulates you from the cold air passing over your body.
Performance 1 Long Sleeve Jersey features:
- Moisture-wicking, UPF 50+, antibacterial thermal Roubaix fabric keeps you dry and blocks odour
- Full length front zipper for maximum ventilation allows you to adjust your core temperature as you ride
- Three rear pockets with power lycra binding to keep gear secure
- Invisible zippered pocket features an eyelet for headphones or a race radio cable
- Aerodynamic, cycling-specific fit
- You'll receive a complimentary wash bag to keep your jersey in top condition
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The fabric is 26% polyester, 59% polyamide (nylon), 15% elastane (spandex)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a fairly simple thermal Roubaix jersey without any windproofing, and it does a relatively straightforward job very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I like the slim fit '' I hate jerseys that flap '' and the fact that I didn't find the pockets sagging down around my arse when they were full.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.