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Ion's Pure SS jersey is a simple and, to my mind, stylish – if you rock the surf look – technical riding top. Made from a super-stretchy polyester and elastane blend with even stretchier mesh panels at the sides, it feels very comfortable while being both lightweight and breathable.
The material has a lovely soft handle and is treated with an antibacterial technology to keep you smelling sweet rather than sweaty.
The fit is slim and flattering, aided by the fast-wicking contrast side panels which give you a narrower silhouette as well as ventilation. It's a good length with a slightly dropped back hem kept in place by silicone gripper, so it won't reveal your love handles when you're on the bike.
Although it's a casual style, its figure-hugging cut means it looks okay worn with Lycra shorts as well as baggies. The neck is cut high all round so no fear of sunburn here, but also no zip to adjust ventilation.
A nice detail is the sunglasses wipe sewn inside the front hem to one side. The glasses symbol is actually reflective, though rather tiny, and there are two more reflective accents on the back: the Ion logo and a rectangle above the rear hem.
Overall, it's a simple top that does its job well, though I can't help feeling it's a little overpriced for what it is.
Groovy technical tee with bike-specific features
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Ion Pure SS 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?
Lightweight, breathable cycling top for girls who want a casual tee style.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
74% Polyester / 26% spandex fabric
Stretch mesh side panels
Antibacterial fabric treatment
Silicone gripper on back hem
No reason to suspect it won't last well.
Size down if between sizes.
£52 is a lot for a technical tee.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine wash 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a simple top that performed well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and asymmetrical design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – if it was on offer.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a good top, but pricey.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax