The Funkier F-Ride Active Leisure short-sleeve jersey is a well-made, comfortable and relaxed top, with a low-key design incorporating useful high-vis details. The water-resistant zipped pocket is a draw, but sadly it's useless for keeping phones dry against sweat.
While you're hardly starved of choice in the short-sleeve jersey section of the market, the F-Ride impresses with its well-shaped cut, good build and great value.
Despite the price it has its share of nice details, including grippy silicone Funkier logos inside the broad elastic hem, mesh side panels with overlocked seams, a long rubber zip pull and neat, accurate stitching all round.
It's a shame that its one standout feature doesn't work. It's a rare rider who doesn't carry a phone, and a waterproof pocket would cut out the hassle of bulky, awkward extra covers or pouches to keep it dry. The lined central pocket here swallowed my ancient iPhone 5S (I know, the shame) without issue, and the zip kept it totally secure. Post-ride on dry, warm days, however, the phone came out as soggy as ever.
This does at least prove the fabric's breathable, and that vapour is penetrating even through the extra layers at the base of your spine. Perhaps a genuinely waterproof membrane – rather than this pointlessly water-resistant one – would feel noticeably hot and sweaty, whereas the F-Ride's doesn't. But it would also, you know, work.
I should note that it's never been quite warm enough during the test to wear this alone, so it's been under other (breathable and often not windproof or waterproof) layers. Possibly the F-Ride would do a better job if exposed, or if I faced the screen outwards at the greater risk of crash damage, but moisture penetration is what it is.
It's no worse than a regular pocket, though, so there's no major downside. It doesn't interfere with the three regular pockets either, which are a good size and secured well with elastic.
Those mesh side panels do a good job of cooling, and the full-length zip makes heat management easy. The cut is generous but not baggy, and while it's supposed to be more casual than pro, you might still want to size down if you're slim. According to Funkier's charts, my 100cm chest puts me bang in the range for a Large, but this Medium gave a really good, relaxed fit. (It's not me in the photos.)
At £45 the F-Ride is cheaper than the vast majority of jerseys we test on road.cc. It's on a par with dhb's Blok Swirl, though few would claim the Swirl's, erm, 'adventurous' 80s stylings had the F-Ride beaten. In fact, going back through the tests, the next option at anywhere near this price was Funkier's own Isparo Gents Elite at £55.
Disappointing pocket (by sheer coincidence, the name of my high school band) aside, Funkier's F-Ride Active Leisure is a great choice for any non-competitive riding as it's well made, good value and pretty stylish to boot.
Comfortable and well-made jersey with a more relaxed cut, but forget the fancy tech pocket
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Funkier F-Ride Active Leisure Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Funkier places this jersey in its 'Rider' line, and the tag it came with says it's a 'Regular' fit (as opposed to its Racer Pro 'slim fit' and Racer Elite 'extra-slim fit').
Funkier says it has: "Updated the F-Ride jersey with a sleeker form fitted cut and the option of sublimated front/back panel graphics to help you stand out in your local group."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Funkier lists these features:
- Anatomical race cut
- 100% breathable/moisture wicking polyester
- Pique bird eye front/back panel fabric; mesh side panels
- SG-6 sublimation sleeve gripper
- SG-6 loose fitted wide waist gripper
- Full length zipper with puller
- Three standard back pockets; one water resistant zippered central back pocket stores valuables and smartphone up to six inches
Strong, neat stitching and effective materials.
Comfy and effective.
Feels like it'll last very well; all good so far.
Gives a relaxed fit without being baggy.
I was theoretically too big for this Medium, but it wasn't tight anywhere and fitted well. Sizing down is definitely an option.
Not the lightest jersey, but it's not trying to be.
No issues at all.
You can pay a lot more. Excellent comfort and quality for a low price.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Took 30 degree washes without complaint.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Comfy, good looking and reliable – though the water-resistant pocket doesn't protect phones from sweat.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Integrates some useful high-vis yellow pretty stylishly.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Water-resistant phone pocket doesn't keep phones any drier than a regular one.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Much cheaper than the vast majority of jerseys we test.
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
This is definitely a good jersey, and the low price hikes it further into very good. It's versatile, too: the looser cut and heavier fabric won't suit racers, but it's a reliable top for most other cycling.
About the tester
I usually ride: GT GTR Series 3 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mountain biking