The Santini Women's Volo Short Sleeve Jersey is a lightweight, aerodynamic and comfortable top ideal for summer riding and racing alike. It's up there with the best jerseys I have ever had the pleasure to review. It doesn't come cheap, but you can pay a lot more for similar.
- Pros: Lightweight, breathable, comfortable
- Cons: It isn't cheap, fabric a bit see-through
The first thing to note about the Volo Jersey is that it is incredibly lightweight. You'll notice I've mentioned that a lot because at just 105g, it's really impressive. It is constructed from a combination of two fabrics: breathable 'Rudy' for the front, sides and pockets, and strong, super-lightweight 'Bodyfit' for the sleeves and back.
The thin Rudy fabric on the partially white front panel means it is a little see-through in places but is also incredibly breathable as claimed and quick drying too.
While the thin fabric is designed for hot summer riding, with a recommended temperature of 18-35°C, the south of England is rarely that warm and paired with arm warmers and a gilet I found it quite comfortable in more mild, spring conditions too.
Santini has designed the jersey with comfort and aerodynamics in mind, leaving minimal seams which reduces the risk of any possible chafing. The sleeves have no stitching or grippers around the cuffs, just a simple, clean cut-off. The stretchy Bodyfit fabric on the sleeves isn't tight or restrictive and sat comfortably in place at all times.
The gripper around the base of the jersey isn't the most effective, allowing it to ride up my back ever so slightly, but nothing that affected me while riding.
One of my favourite aspects of the Volo Jersey is the collar design. It's high at the back, protecting your neck from the sun, but low at the front to help you stay cool. Santini says it is inspired by its aero skinsuit designs and adds to the aerodynamic fit of the jersey.
Santini kit always sizes up on the small side, and this is no different. The Volo Jersey is particularly slim fitting since it is intended to fit like a second skin. As a UK size 8, and someone who likes my race-fit jerseys tight, I found the medium here to be a good fit and wouldn't have wanted anything smaller. It's not me in the photos, by the way.
I personally loved the fit, with no excess material in sight. As with most race-fit jerseys, it certainly leaves little to the imagination. If you prefer your jerseys a little looser then this probably isn't for you.
Sadly, I don't have a wind tunnel at home to test how fast and aerodynamic the jersey really is. However, as it has the same cut as the Maglia Rosa and Boels-Dolmans Team Jerseys, I can easily believe that Santini has optimised the fit for speed.
The standard three rear pockets featured are reasonably sized and easy to reach, although there is no zipped pocket to store valuables. They are also very stretchy, meaning I was able to stuff them with plenty of food and spares for longer rides and they still held their shape once emptied.
I love the pattern and overall design of the jersey, which comes in three colour options: orange, pale blue or the violet that I tested, each with matching shorts. I headed out to enjoy the sun in the Volo shorts too, much to the envy of my riding buddies who were full of compliments for the stylish look of the matching set. Full review of the shorts to come.
With an RRP of £80, the Volo Jersey isn't cheap, but if you are looking for a quality summer jersey that will last, I'd say it's worth the money. Equivalent offerings from Rapha come in at over £40 more expensive, and I have to say I preferred the fit and comfort of the Volo jersey over the Rapha Souplesse Aero Jersey which I reviewed last summer. My recent top choice for a race-fit summer jersey has been the Rapha Souplesse Lightweight Jersey which I also reviewed last year, but Santini's offering here gives it a great run for its money at a significantly lower price. The only downside for me is that the Santini offering is lacking a zip pocket. A minor issue, though, and one I'm sure many of you will be prepared to overlook for the lower price and many other excellent qualities.
If you want to spend less, the Lusso Stripes S/S Ladies Jersey received some high praise and is definitely worth taking a look at.
Everything you want from a performance summer jersey at a not-unreasonable price
road.cc test report
Make and model: Santini Womens Volo Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Santini says the Volo Jersey is a lightweight, aerodynamic and extremely breathable jersey designed to fit like a second skin.
Santini says: "Extremely aerodynamic, the Volo jersey has the same cut of the famous Maglia Rosa. Front, sides and back pocket made with Rudy fabric that guarantees extreme breathability, while sleeves and back are in Bodyfit which is extremely light and strong with a weight of 90g per square meter. The cut of the collar is inspired by Santini's aero skinsuit designs similar to the one used by Peter Sagan in his UCI Road World Championship victory for Team Slovakia. The petal form alleviates discomfort caused by the zipper coming in contact with the neck. Elastic silicone grip at the bottom to maintain jersey position. 75 cm zip long."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
On UK distributor ZyroFisher's website it says:
EXTREMELY AERODYNAMIC; Fits like a second skin.
INSPIRED BY THE PROS; Same cut as the Maglia Rosa.
ULTRALIGHT CONSTRUCTION; Complete jersey weighs just 100g.
Fit - The extremely aerodynamic Volo jersey sets new standards in aero design for a road jersey. An elastic silicone grip at the bottom maintains the jersey in the correct position.
Performance - It's made with the same cut as the iconic Maglia Rosa, with the front, sides and back pockets made from Rudy fabric, which guarantees extreme breathability. The sleeves and back are in Bodyfit, which is extremely light and strong. The whole jersey weighs just 100g.
Comfort - The cut of the collar is inspired by Santini's aero speedsuit designs similar to the one used by Peter Sagan in his UCI Road World Championship victory for Team Slovakia. Long 75 cm zip. The petal form alleviates any discomfort that may be caused by the zipper coming into contact with the neck.
Durability - 100% 'Made in Italy' garment using only the highest quality Italian fabrics. Each garment undergoes vigorous quality controls and has the Santini guarantee.
Really lightweight and cool on hot summer days. I thoroughly enjoyed riding in it.
The jersey is a slim, race cut and just what I would want from a racing jersey, though it leaves little to the imagination...
As with most Santini kit, it comes up small, so I would definitely recommend sizing up.
Extremely lightweight at just 105g.
Cool and very comfortable to ride in.
At £80, it isn't the cheapest, but is significantly cheaper than equivalent offerings from brands such as Rapha and Assos, and is a fantastic piece of kit.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washes on a 30 degree cycle like most kit, with no problems whatsoever.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I absolutely loved testing this jersey as it is a great fit, comfortable and highly breathable. All in all, fantastic performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Love the design and really comfortable fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing major, but I'd have liked the addition of a zipped pocket.
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
It's a very good jersey. Light, well fitting and incredibly comfortable, it is just what you want from a summer jersey and quickly became a favorite during testing.
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.