The Long Sleeve Jersey from YMX is a long sleeved top with a difference. First, you have its eyecatchingly unusual tattoo inspired designs, both across the torso and down the arms. It's also made from a soft silky incredibly stretchy lightweight fabric which pairs with the long sleeves and zip neck to give the top year round potential. Three simple discrete pouch pockets at the rear complete the picture.
Okay,you've got to like the design but beyond its striking looks there's a lot to recommend the top in function too. The silky fabric, as well as feeling great next to skin, is also very effective at transporting moisture.
In summer or warm weather, this means you could happily wear the top as a stand-alone jersey offering that little extra sun protection, while in winter that wicking ability makes it ideal as a base for layering with other garments. I found it worked particularly well with a softshell outer layer.
The fit is sleek and athletic, with good length in the sleeves and torso. Those who prefer a looser fit, or are borderline on stated sizing, might want to consider going up a size to ensure the confidence to show off the jersey!
Taller women will like the sleeve and torso length, but they're not over long for a more standard fit either. The neckline has a good long zip for ventilation, but I did find the neckline to be a little on the baggy side, possibly a facet of the super soft fabric. It wasn't much of a problem though. Pockets at the back are easy to access, and although the top doesn't have gripper tape at the hem, there was no problem with creeping, such is the design and cut of the top and the nature of the fabric. The polyester/spandex fabric does get a little smelly quite quickly, but the top washes in the machine and dries extremely quickly so that's easily sorted, and any odours wash out as fast as they gather.
All in all, £80 may seem like quite a lot for a long sleeved base layer or lightweight summer jersey, but this one is so attractive and effective/comfortable that it's not a bad investment, considering how often it will get worn and the fact that it's effectively a designer item. The top is also available as a non-zip neck for £65.
Seriously gorgeous looking top with great comfort and performance. Worth investing in.
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Make and model: YMX Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Large- Red Winter Flower
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?
Aimed at stylish female riders looking for a lightweight top.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
3 pockets at rear
92% polyester/8% spandex fabric
Machine washable warm
Available in sizes S, M, L (Large roughly equivalent to smallish UK14)
Very well made from exceptionally good quality fabric
Soft on the skin, wicks moisture really effectively and works well both on its own and as part of a layering system.
Washes well and fabric isn't as fragile as it feels like it should be. Not prone to snagging.
Light and silky.
Extremely comfortable, both in fit and fabric.
Cost per wear isn't as high as the initial investment could suggest. It's versatile and very wearable year round.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well indeed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Design, cut, fabric, moisture wicking ability
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Sizing, slightly baggy neckline
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Great looking with good performance and just that little bit exclusive.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.