The Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey is the first autumn/winter offering from the Hoy Vulpine partnership after their decent summer collection was released earlier this year. It brings together really good thermal qualities and is very comfortable, making it ideal for this time of year. The fit on the arms is slightly odd, though, and the pocket openings are strangely sized.
As an autumn/winter piece, the first place to look on this jersey is its thermal qualities. With a thin fleecy inner, it provides a really good level of warmth, but without being too hot for effective high intensity riding. To help with this it has a fairly good level of wind protection, although this is not a specific windproof fabric.
A decent level of wicking moves your sweat fairly quickly, so you don't get the moisture sticking in the fabric like you can with some materials. This makes it very comfortable to wear, helping which is the lack of labels throughout, so no scratchy surfaces on your skin.
The jersey has a racing fit, but with the fabric being fairly stretchy it isn't uncomfortably tight. Quite the reverse in fact, it's very comfortable, and the elasticated and silicone-lined hem means it stays in place well, not riding up as you're pedalling.
One part of the fit that is a bit strange, though, is the sleeve length: it's very long. It's around 10-12cm longer than regular fitting jerseys. That said, much of this excess can be 'lost' further up the arms, so you don't get excess bunching at the top or bottom.
At the back there are the traditional three pockets, but sized differently to the 'norm': a large middle pocket with a zipped valuables pocket on the outside, then two small pockets on each side. The openings aren't tiny, but are certainly smaller than traditional pocket designs.
They do flare a bit towards the bottom, which makes them larger for storing things, but that can sometimes make it more difficult to get items out. That said, I have used far worse pockets than this in the past; these are smaller than most, but not a huge inconvenience.
The jersey's rrp of £79.99 is a decent price for a comfortable piece that performs well. It's comparable in quality to others in this price range, and some above this too.
Overall, I think the Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey performs admirably and represents good value. The fit is excellent on the body, and the material is very comfortable and warm, even over long distances. The only aspects I would like changed would be the sleeve length and perhaps the size of the two side pockets on the rear. That said, these aren't game changers for what is a really nice jersey.
A really nice winter jersey with some well thought out design features
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Hoy Vulpine Men's Long Sleeve Roubaix Jersey
Size tested: Medium, cobalt
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?
Vulpine says: "A close fitting cool weather jersey with awesome against-skin comfort. Flexible and superbly plush for long long rides in cool to freezing weather. We've flattened the seams and removed scratchy labels, so nothing is going to irritate you as you ride through low Autumn sun or freezing winds. Three rear pockets are on hand for stashing a waterproof, tools and snacks, with a zipped valuables pocket for extra security. High detailing, maximum comfort."
It is aimed at serious riders who are looking to go out in colder conditions, either as an outer layer in milder temperatures or a mid layer when the temperature really starts to drop.
I think that for riding in these kind of conditions it's a very good option. It has good thermal qualities and a strong, comfortable construction. Looks pretty good too.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Thermal roubaix stretch fabric
Zip guard to chin
Flatlocked seams for against-skin comfort
Three back pockets with additional reflective central zip pocket
Well made with strong stitching, and the lack of labels inside means there is no chance of unnecessary chafing when out on longer rides.
Works well, fairly breathable without sacrificing the warmth that you need from cold weather jerseys.
The stitching is strong and with little on it to fade, it is likely to still look good a few years down the line.
Decent breathability and warmth combined with a lack of anything to chafe means it is supremely comfortable to wear.
You could easily pay double this for a jersey of this quality, a worthwhile investment.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, kept me warm when the mercury dropped but without making me overly sweaty when it rose again.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
To be honest, my favourite part is the look, I think it is a real eye catcher.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The sleeve length was a bit strange, even if the excess could be lost further up the arm.
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
Really strong performing cold weather jersey. I used it as an outer and mid layer and it performed equally well. Get the sleeve length right and open up the side pockets a little more and this would be even better.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days helping companies deal with their cycling commuting challenges with his company Cycling for Work. He has been writing for Road.cc since 2014.
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.