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The Specialized Pro Long Sleeve Jersey is a great no-fuss top for cooler weather, especially if you like red.
Made from Power Dry Soft fabric the Pro jersey is a cosy top. With an inner brushed fleece and a waffle textured outer it's perfectly suited to chillier days.
Fit is comfortably fitted without being too ridiculously racing-snake tight and it's not too bulky to sit under other clothes for mid-layer mid-winter warmth either. Riders with long arms can rejoice because Pro jersey has proper length sleeves that extend all the way over the wrist and onto the hand, no jersey warmth is cancelled out by freezing wrist-gap here. Hooray!
The collar rests high enough on the neck to keep a north-easterly at bay but the full length zip has no zip-dock top or bottom, which is an odd omission these days. How did we ever live without them? The hem is decorated with the Specialized logo picked out in silicone to stop things from slipping about.
The three rear pockets are generous enough to hold all the extra bikey bits and clothing accessories you might want to take with you on nippier days, and they don't go all saggy with weight. Once again it's kept simple back there with no extra secret pockets, zipped waterproof compartments or pump sleeves, just a little cat's bottom hole in the right hand pocket for a headphone wire to thread through from whatever device you prefer. There's a corresponding little cable clip up by the neck to keep the wire in place too.
If the very red with white slashes of the jersey isn't visible enough to alert even the most myopic of motorists to your presence, reflective slashes cut across the front and rear at the arm/shoulder junction and the top of the pockets feature a reflective band of piping. Plus, the rear of the right fore-arm has a sublimated reflective Specialized logo on it. If this red doesn't match your season's tonal palette the jersey is also available in an even more eye-popping Yellow/Black colour, and also a plain stealth Black option, which will go with anything.
The nicest thing about the Specialized jersey is its simplicity. There's very little in the way of pointless flim-flam or extraneous features. When it's a bit nippy out and you just want a jersey that fits and keeps you warm the Pro jersey is the first off the clothing pile. Throw a gilet over the top to keep the wind off and you've got yourself a clothing combo that'll see you through the equinoxal seasons.
A warm and comfortable long sleeved jersey that will appeal to those who like a fuss free, logo lite top with proper length arms.
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Make and model: Specialized Pro Long Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: M
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?
Specialized suggest you use this piece as your mid layer on the coldest of rides, or with its moisture transfer properties, wear it as a key fall garment.
How did they know I'd crash on its first ride? But yeah, it's a long sleeve jersey for chilly rides.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from Power Dry Soft polyester fabric, with full front open zipper, reflective piping on front, three open back pockets with reflective binding
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a warm long sleeved jersey, perfect on its own for chilly days or layering upon when it gets frosty.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The simplicity, the long arms, the red and the lack of ostentatious logos.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes. You can't beat a simple faff free long sleeve top.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 42 Height: 180cm Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: It varies as to the season. My best bike is: The one I\'m on at the time
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Fun
Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.