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A mid-weight long-sleeved jersey is one of those wardrobe staples, and the Vermarc Strada is up there with the best of them. Perfect for those spring, autumn and late summer evening rides, the Strada offers warmth, breathability and above all comfort, all at a cracking price – which just got even better.
Vermarc's clothing has always impressed us here at road.cc, mostly down to that performance/price ratio that is hard to beat, and things don't change here. The Strada's RRP is £54.99, which is a decent outlay for a long-sleeve jersey, but once you take into account the quality and comfort it would actually be a bit of a steal. But because the jersey's been around for a little while now, it's actually on offer at £27.49.
The lightweight but fleece-backed material is plenty breathable within the manufacturer's claimed temperature range of 8-16°C, making it perfect for early and late season riding (and some mid-season days too, unfortunately). Below that it can be used as a comfortable layering system for the winter; being so thin it easily fits beneath a winter jacket.
The fabric itself contains carbon fibres which Vermarc says shields the body from absorbing static energy and UV rays. It's a tough one to test, but one thing that isn't is the fact that this also gives the material antibacterial properties. That means the jersey doesn't get whiffy; I happily wore it for 10 hours of commuting before washing it and it was still smelling fresh.
The cut is classed as comfort, which basically means it's a close cut without being full-on skintight. The tail is ever-so-slightly dropped and the arms are the perfect length when in the saddle, with elasticated cuffs keeping them in place.
You get a full zip which aids ventilation should you get a bit warm, and round the back there are three deep pockets. It's quite a traditional jersey in that sense – no audio or media pockets.
It's available in black and this rather striking blue, which really stands out.
Overall, the Strada is a brilliant bit of kit. It's comfortable, very well made and performs exactly as you'd expect it to. It's versatile – thin enough for warm spring/autumn and cooler summer days, but still impressively warm when the temperature drops, and will probably cope with a mild winter when paired with a long-sleeve baselayer.
The real winner, though, is value for money, especially at its current discount. There are plenty of other brands out there with garments of this quality and cut that are charging over double this price. The Strada is a bargain.
Warm and comfortable jersey at a cracking price
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Make and model: Vermarc Strada Long Sleeved 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?
Vermarc says: "The Strada long sleeved jersey has been created with high quality comfort in mind. Its Comfort Fit accomodates to a wide variety of cyclists and is perfect for those days when you want to take it a bit easier when out on the bike. It's breathable and warm material will help prevent over-sweating but still keep your body at a comfortable temperature when Summer isn't quite at its peak."
The Strada is a lightweight long sleeved jersey perfect for spring, summer and autumn riding. The 8-16 degree temperature range gives it plenty of scope.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mid season (8°-16°)
The use of fabrics with carbon fibers shields the body from absorbing static energy and UV rays. The structure of the fabric accelerates evapo- ration of moisture keeping the skin dry and cool. It is antibacterial and inhibits the development of odour causing bacteria.
Advanced fibers and fabric construction blocking cold air or moisture to come in, but keeping high breathability.
Fabrics with an unique construction which evaporates very quickly moisture from perspiration ensuring a dry and warm feeling.
Cycling garments designed to offer maximum comfort accomodating the widest variety of cyclists.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Absolutely spot on. It's seen a lot of use purely because it is so comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit, and warmth on cooler days.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing to dislike.
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
The Vermarc Strada is a brilliant garment – you get a great fit, top quality with loads of comfort and all at an exceptional price.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Mason Definition
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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!