The Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey is a staple of Sportful's range, and it should be a staple of your autumn and winter cycling wardrobe too because it's warm, breathable and very comfortable.
A long-sleeve jersey like the Bodyfit Pro Thermal is ideal for the transition from short-sleeve summer jerseys to heavy winter jackets and waterproofs. This one is made from a TDTxp fabric for the main body panels, and slightly stretchier ThermoDrytex Plus for the arms and shoulders.
Both materials are thin and lightweight but provide enough insulation for cold early morning rides – I've found it ideal for roughly between 7 and 15°C, a little lower than Sportful's 10 to 20°C recommendation, which I found a little optimistic as it can get a bit warm when you nudge the upper limit, especially if riding at a decent tempo. Breathability is sufficient to prevent any serious overheating, though, and you've got the full-length zipper for ventilation.
There's no windproof material in this jersey, which can mean that on particularly windy rides you might want to add a windproof or gilet, but much to my surprise I found it performed adequately when fighting cold headwinds for the duration of one particularly tough ride recently. The wind doesn't appear to slice through the fabric like it can with some lightweight long-sleeve jerseys, so you can get away without the extra layer at current temperatures.
The cut and shape of the jersey will suit cyclists who prefer a fitted jersey. It's available in a generous six sizes, though, and if you get the right one it's a very comfortable jersey, well proportioned, with good length in the sleeves and body to prevent any issues that can afflict some, such as exposed wrists when your arms are stretched out to reach the drops. The long cuffs and tall collar let you hunker down when the cold is really biting at your skin.
Simple though a long-sleeve jersey may be, this one is really nicely made, with a full-length YKK Vislon zipper and three large rear pockets. I'd like a zipped pocket too, personally, as I like to have somewhere to safely stash the house keys. The waistband is elasticated and lined with silicone tape, and it's slightly dropped at the rear. And if you don't like this colour, there are three others to choose from.
Comfortable and warm long-sleeve jersey, ideal for autumn and winter
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal Jersey
Size tested: Small
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?
Sportful says: "The BodyFit Pro Thermal Jersey is an early-season favorite of the Tinkoff Pro Team, keeping the riders comfortable in early-season training and spring classics."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
BodyFit Pro construction identical to that used by Team Tinkoff
TDTxp body for extra core warmth and moisture management
ThermoDrytex Plus shoulders and sleeves for high-stretch warmth
Silicone gripper elastic on waistband
3 high-capacity rear pockets
YKK® Vislon® zipper
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For tackling chilly rides when it's dry, this is an ideal jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Really good fit and comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of a zipped pocket is my only gripe.
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
A long-sleeve jersey should be a staple of every cyclist's wardrobe, and this pro-developed one delivers very good performance.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.