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Sweet Protection Crossfire S/S Jersey



Very well made classically styled race jersey at an impressive price

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The Crossfire SS jersey from Sweet Protection covers all of the bases: a soft fabric, slim race fit, three roomy pockets and a nicely dropped tail, all for a pretty decent price.

  • Pros: Good quality, comfortable fabric
  • Cons: Small sizing

The overall quality of the Crossfire is very impressive. The stitching is very neat and tidy throughout – some of the best I've seen on any garment let alone a jersey coming in at under 70 quid. There are no stray threads or anything, and there are what look like reinforcing stitches for each of the pockets. It's no wonder Sweet Protection is happy to offer a two-year warranty against manufacturing and material defects.

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The fabric is 100% polyester with plenty of stretch, which to be honest it needs as not only is the jersey cut very slim, it comes up smaller than many UK brands such as dhb or Lusso. I'm comfortably a medium in both of those, as well as the likes of Shutt VR – even Castelli, come to think of it – but this Crossfire in medium was very snug. If I was buying, I'd definitely go up to a large for a little bit more room.

The cut, though, is very good. I had plenty of movement available at the chest and arms and with it being cinched in at the waist you get no material flapping about at all.


There is a decent dropped tail to keep your lower back covered when crouched over in the saddle too.

Like any good jersey, it has three vertical pockets at the rear which are a good size and easy to access when in the saddle. They don't sag with a decent load in them, and the elasticated top keeps the contents from bouncing out.


As a bonus you get a fourth pocket on the right hand side, which is slightly shorter and thinner, making it ideal for an energy bar, gel or even a small route card.

The neck is quite low as it's a summer jersey and letting a bit of air flow in isn't an issue. The Crossfire doesn't come with a zip garage but with the height it's not really an issue.


It's not as lightweight as some of the mesh jerseys we've seen over the summer, but the material does a good job of wicking sweat away and is very comfortable to wear in temperatures from the mid-teens to the early 20s centigrade. The side panels feel to be a lighter knit than the rest of the jersey, which helps keep you cool.


As far as value goes, I think that the Crossfire offers a sensible return for your investment, especially compared to some of the jerseys we've seen lately.

Something like the Rivelo Barbondale Merino jersey has similar classic styling and good performance at £100. As Mike states in his review, though, it is often on sale which takes the sting out a little.

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The Monton Urban Meteor is £110 for, again, a pretty similar setup to the Sweet Protection.

One jersey that does challenge it is the Pente, which offers excellent fabrics for its £40 price tag.

Overall, though, I really like the Crossfire. So much so that I'd even consider giving up cake to exploit its excellent slim cut.


Very well made classically styled race jersey at an impressive price

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Make and model: Sweet Protection Crossfire SS Jersey

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Sweet Protection keeps it short, saying, "A slim fit biking jersey with technical fabric for moisture wicking and quick-drying. There are 3 [there are actually four] pockets in the back for keeping your biking essentials."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Sweet Protection:

100% polyester

4 pockets

Full zip

Available in grey or blue

Sizes - S to XL

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The actual fit is very good, slim with no excess material.

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I couldn't find a size guide on the website, but compared to a medium from most other brands it comes up small. I could still wear it, but given a choice I'd go for a size bigger.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Sweet Protection recommends a 40 degree wash, which worked absolutely fine to wash off road spray.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Does everything you expect of a good quality race jersey.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent build quality.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Sizes up small.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

Looking at others I've mentioned in the review, the Crossfire is very competitively priced.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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Lovely soft fabric and impressive build quality make the Crossfire an impressive jersey for the money.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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