The Santini Women's Coral 2.0 Winter Long Sleeve Jersey keeps you warm and comfortable in wintry weather. Made of lovely, soft thermofleece fabric, it's a very nice jersey to pull on before a chilly ride. Santini recommends it for between 5 and 15°C and I would definitely agree with this: it kept me warm when I needed it, but was breathable enough that in milder weather or when climbing, I didn't overheat.
As is often the case with Santini kit, the jersey came up on the small side and I would recommend sizing up here. I'm usually a small, but the medium was a good fit on me. It left room for a couple of thin layers underneath but had no excess material flapping when riding.
The cuffs aren't elastic, nor do they feature a gripper which I found was ideal when tucking in winter gloves. The base of the hem is elastic, but doesn't feature any form of gripper and I was concerned that it would ride up my back when cycling, despite Santini's claims. While it didn't stay completely still, it didn't bunch up my back or cause any discomfort.
The jersey features a total of five pockets, with the standard three on the rear plus a further smaller pocket on each side. This makes for plenty of storage space for food, clothes and tools on longer rides, with the side pockets being easily accessible and especially useful for storing small items like keys and cash for your all-important cafe stop. I was a bit disappointed that there was no secure zip pocket for valuables, though.
It comes in a striking but simple pattern with three colour options of violet, orange or blue; I really liked the design of the jersey which matches the Coral 2.0 Bib-tights I was also reviewing. Santini says the pattern is designed to have a slimming effect and it was certainly a flattering fit.
A reflective strip across the top of the pockets helps with that all-important night-time visibility.
At £79.99 it's not the cheapest jersey out there, but it's about what I would expect to pay – Gore's Element Thermo, for example, has the same RRP. Look around and you'll find cheaper – dhb's Blok thermal jersey is £55 RRP (and currently on sale for less) and the men's version got a good review from Jim – but based on the quality and longevity of past Santini kit I have owned, I'd say the Coral 2.0 is a good buy, and I'd bet on it lasting for a few winters to come.
Plenty of storage, comfort and performance for chilly days
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Santini Women's Coral 2.0 Winter Longsleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Santini says: "A breathable Lite Pro thermofleece to keep you warm while you pedal. Provides insulation and optimal breathability to maintain thermal balance at all times. Integrated elastic at the base ensures the jersey stays in place as your ride. Includes reflective details for added visibility along with back and side pockets to bring along everything you need."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fit - The front cut has a slimming effect in terms of fit as well as the graphic that was chosen. The base of the jersey has integrated elastic to maintain jersey position at all times.
Performance - High performance Italian-made thermofleece fabric is warm and breathable to keep you riding when the temperatures drop. Jersey features 3 back pockets with 2 added pockets on the sides to bring along everything you need. Reflective details on the back for added road visibility.
Comfort - The thermofleece Lite Pro fabric provides insulation and optimal breathability to maintain thermal balance at all times. The wrist cuffs are engineered to make sure the jersey remains in place at all times.
Durability - We select only the highest quality locally sourced fabrics. Each garment undergoes vigorous quality controls. Printed at 210° to guarantee the colours will never fade no matter how many washes. Made in Italy by our highly skilled production staff.
Santini kit tends to come up small, so you might need to size up.
Lovely and fleecy inside, making me feel very cosy on chilly days.
At £79.99 it's about what I would expect to pay for a jersey of this quality, though you can buy cheaper.
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
Both warm and breathable and very comfortable in general. Certainly fits the 5-15 degree temperature recommendation from Santini too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fleecy fabric and side pockets.
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? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Lovely fit and performed really well on colder days, but could do with a couple of minor adjustments.
About the tester
I usually ride: Planet X London Road My best bike is: Bowman Palace:R
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: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, track
Ashia is a Maths student at the University of Bath and has been riding and racing bikes for the past 6 years after a track taster session at her local velodrome had her hooked. Most weekends, she can be found out racing, be it track, road, criteriums, time trials, triathlons, or cyclocross. Whilst she is fiercely competitive and loves to race, she is still on the look out for anyone hiring a "full time cafe rider" when she graduates.