The Sportful Moire Thermal Jersey is well up to the task of keeping you warm on chillier rides, as a top layer on milder days and good under a jacket when it's colder. It's very comfortable, provides good warmth with adequate breathability, and looks good to boot.
The Italian company has used a lightweight thermal fabric with a nice soft inner face that is gentle on bare arms, constructed into a nice fitting top that is a bit more relaxed than some of the brand's racier offerings. Sportful offers a huge range of sizes, and it's a small in the photo that I'm modelling; I found the fit to be pretty close to perfect.
There's generous length in the arms so that when you're stretched on the hoods the angled cuffs don't slide up. The tall collar keeps cold air from sneaking down inside and the full-length zip offers easy heat management on the climbs. The waistband is elasticated and silicone-lined so it stays in place, and it's slightly dropped at the rear.
As features go, typically, long-sleeve jerseys are minimally specced. Here you get three mesh-lined pockets that are capacious enough for a rain jacket, smartphone, food and other essentials. I'd love to see a zipped valuables pocket for the house keys, though. (Am I alone in wanting a zipped pocket on cycling tops?)
Sportful gives a temperature window of 10-15°C but as with all such recommendations, it's merely a guide. That's the sort of temperature range my current riding has involved and the Moire Thermal jersey, worn over a thin, short-sleeve baselayer, has proved to be a solid choice. It's breathable on days when the temperature has risen higher than that upper limit and it's coped when it's dipped down to 6 or 7°C.
A gilet is an easy way to extend its range into lower temperatures, as is wearing a chunkier baselayer. For much colder rides it'll serve well as a mid-layer underneath a jacket for extra wind or rain protection.
There's no shortage of good quality long-sleeve jerseys at a wide range of prices. The Sportful sits somewhere in the middle of the price range, cheaper than a Rapha, Assos or Santini equivalent, but there are cheaper options from dhb, Lusso and Altura, which all offer a similar level of performance, comfort and features. If you want a bit more wind protection, Sportful's excellent R&D Strato jacket combines a long sleeve jersey with an integrated gilet for an extra £20, and the new version (review coming soon) now has water resistant arms.
The Sportful Moire Thermal jersey is a good looking, stylish top available in three colours and a wide range of sizes. It offers good comfort, insulation and breathability for dealing with a typical array of autumn/spring and milder winter weather.
Comfortable and insulating top for spring and autumn rides
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Moire 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, "Long-sleeved thermal jersey, ideal for milder days when you need just a little more warmth. The thermal material used for the entire jersey and the optical design make this the perfect choice for early or late winter rides, and for all those occasions when you are looking for that added touch of style."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Sportful lists these features:
Lightweight thermal fabric
3 back pockets with mesh
Cuffs and inside collar with mesh
Silicone grip at bottom of jersey
A good mid-layer option for colder weather, offers more warmth than a summer jersey with arm warmers but breathable for warmer weather.
The thermal material is nicely soft against the skin when wearing a short sleeve baselayer and the fit ensures a nice free range of movement with no restriction.
Not bad value – not the cheapest but nor the most expensive.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Works really well when you need a bit more warmth but it's not cold enough for deep winter clothing.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I like the fit and comfort, and the styling.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The lack of a zipped valuables pocket.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Compares well to other popular choices at this price in terms of performance and features.
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
The Moire Thermal jersey is just right for dealing with those days when you need a warm top but it's not cold enough for a heavy duty outfit.
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.