Summer-weight short-sleeved jerseys may seem superfluous for most of our so-called summertime, but for those who ride hard and hot, a lightweight, highly wicking jersey is a must. The Stolen Goat Momentum Bodyline SS Jersey delivers style and performance in equal measure, with little to find fault with.
One of the first things you notice about Stolen Goat's jersey offerings in general is the strong graphic designs and bold colours. These are far from being girly flowery jerseys and as such should appeal to the vast majority of female riders. And yes, pink is an option too.
The Bodyline SS jersey in this Momentum colourway is, I think, striking and very visually appealing, plus it coordinates nicely with the Bodyline One Women's Bib Shorts with the purple cuff. Or plain black obviously.
Features include laser cut sleeves, a YKK zip with protective garage at the top, and it's made from UV protective fabric. It also has three traditional rear pouch style pockets, one with small water-resistant zipped security pocket. They offer plenty of room for the usual bits and bobs required on a ride, and the zipped pocket is just about big enough for an iPhone 5S but anything larger would be pushing it.
The fit is neat and contoured, with oodles of stretch, but the sizing sits just at the sweet spot with a medium roughly equivalent to a UK12. Given that the range spans XS to XL, that's catering to a pretty good range for a small brand.
Despite the lack of gripper tape at the hem, the jersey stayed put fairly well, while the fabric wicked moisture well and dried quickly, keeping everything a nice stable temperature and not clammy.
Everything was well finished, with a feeling of high quality to match the performance, and it's a jersey that could be well suited to summer fitness and recreational riders as well as demanding racers. At this price it sits well within the mid-range for jerseys and is good value for money given the style and performance.
A striking and stylish summer-weight jersey with performance to match
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Stolen Goat Women's Bodyline 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?
Designed for all levels of rider, even the most demanding, with no hefty price tag.
Stolen Goat says: "The Bodyline Jersey was created with a specific brief – to be performance orientated, incredibly stylish and to feel fantastic on and off the bike without the huge price tag.
"Manufactured to the highest standards and featuring subtle, stylish designs on top of high performing fabrics with a fit that was born in the pro peleton and has been adapted to fit the everyday hero just so."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Four pockets including one zipped water resistant pocket
Aero but comfortable fit for all day performance
UV protected, 4 way stretch, breathable & fast dry fabric
Raw cut, seamless sleeves.
YKK camlock zips with neck garage
Machine washable at 30
Available in sizes XS-XL
Well finished and made from high quality fabric and components. Most seams were standard rather than flatlock stitched but I experienced no issues with chafing.
Performed very well indeed.
High quality, washes well and seems very durable so far.
Contoured but not over tight, so would suit a variety of body shapes well.
Size Med roughly equivalent to a UK12 so spot on with high street sizing rather than the often smaller cycling sizes.
Excellent light weight balanced with good thickness of fabric to be flattering still.
Extremely comfortable, especially laser cut sleeves.
On par with a variety of mid-range jerseys, but very good performance raises it above average.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed very well, no problems.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well: comfortable, dried quickly and kept me at a good steady temperature.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, fabric, laser cut sleeves...
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely
Use this box to explain your score
Stylish and a bit out of the ordinary, this is a well-performing and nicely featured jersey at a reasonable price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
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, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.