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Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey



Outstanding fit and performance from an independent company doing its best to reduce cycling's carbon footprint
Snug, non-restrictive fit
Quality construction and fabrics
Lifetime repairs

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The Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey is one of the latest additions to its clothing collection. It shines in the mild-to-cool conditions of autumn and spring, while its cut means you can easily team it with a gilet or jacket, which adds to its versatility, and helps to make it one of the best long-sleeve jerseys around. And like many garments designed and produced by the former Dutch professional and national champion Iris Slappendel – it's as unique as it is bold.

> Buy now: Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey for €145 from Iris

Iris is now in its sixth year as an independent clothing company – and it continues to produce some of the most distinctively patterned female cycling kit you can buy. I've been thoroughly impressed with every aspect of the Amadinia. Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise given the driving force behind the company was a pro rider for 12 years – she knows what makes good kit and, perhaps even more importantly, what doesn't.


IRIS's size chart put me squarely in the medium-size jersey, which I found spot on. If you want something less clingy, consider going up a size. While the jersey is described as having a 'tailored race fit, intended to be worn close to the body', it doesn't come up short anywhere, which can the case with some race-fit gear.

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The body length is generous – and you'll never need to hoick the jersey down when you're off the bike. And thanks to the deep elasticated, silicone-lined hem it holds its position well when you're on the bike.

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The sleeves are, without doubt, the longest I have ever come across on a long-sleeve jersey. Personally, that suits me, eliminating any of my skin being exposed at the wrist, with the tidy, minimal cuff sitting painlessly under any glove. It makes me wonder if years of being handed team issue kit with sleeves that fell short has made a lasting impression on Iris.

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The collar is a little higher than you'll find on some mid-season jerseys – but it's not a tight-fitting affair and doesn't feel oppressive in milder conditions. The fabric is rather 'floppy' too, so it falls nicely when you lower the zip, while the zip guard and garage keep the bright orange zipper clear of your skin and chin.

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Iris offers the jersey in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to XXXL. This is a fine achievement for a small company, genuinely catering for all sizes so that nobody is left out.


The 80% polyester/20% elastane blend material makes for a silky-soft face and a fine fleecy interior. And while 'luxurious' seems a bit over the top to describe any cycling jersey, I feel that this fabric warrants it. There's loads of give, stretching over all your lumps and bumps without ever feeling restrictive or over-tight. It's so comfortable that I never really felt like I was wearing it.

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The quality of the construction is flawless – no loose threads or weak-looking seams in sight. And some of the seams also incorporate a reflective thread, which increases your visibility in low-light conditions. It's an effective way to add reflective detailing that might be more durable than logos placed directly on fabrics. There's also a reflective trim along the top of the three pockets, as well as reflective tabs on the waist band.

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Like all Iris clothing, the jersey is made with OEKO-TEX- and BLUESIGN-certified fabrics and it's also covered by its one-year guarantee on faulty goods. In addition to this, Iris offer repairs for a small fee for the lifetime of the product. If the item is irreparable, you get a 15% discount on a replacement. The company's efforts in reducing waste and avoiding your old kit piling up in landfill don't stop there – your old kit gets pulled apart and used for future projects.


I've been lucky to have a cocktail of temperatures while testing the Amadinia – and I've discovered it's a very versatile piece of kit. The thin fabric belies the protection it offers in cooler temperatures, and I found with a single long-sleeve base layer this was good for temperatures down to as low as 8°C. Colder than that and it warranted a gilet or windproof shell – at least for me.

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The fit, coupled with the fabric's very low bulk, means you can wear it up under an outer layer. And if there are showers around, you'll definitely need a waterproof – as the fabric is not water-resistant. When temperatures reach around 10°C or so you can shed the base layer, or just go with a thin vest, and enjoy the cosiness of the material against your skin.

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The fabric offers excellent breathability, which is no surprise given its lack of any windproof or waterproof materials in its construction.

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I've found the jersey ideal for cool-weather training when riding at a level sufficient to break into a good sweat, with the fabric drying out quickly. On more leisurely rides, it has helped keep me comfortably warm with no danger of overheating. Indeed, it's gone on a couple of full-day outings with a gilet in the back pocket, and I never felt like I was underdressed.

The spacious rear pockets expand and subsequently cling to cargo, so it's easy to carry any extra layers along with your snacks or spares.

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Overall, the jersey strikes a great balance between comfort and performance, without compromise in either case.


At the time of writing, the Iris Amadinia isn't available for purchase in the UK. But you need to buy it directly from IRIS for €145 and pay the €20 shipping fee unless you, which comes to around £140. Spend over €250 at IRIS and the delivery will be free.

This isn't exactly a bargain when you can pop to Decathlon and pick up the Van Rysel Women's Long-Sleeve Road Cycling Jersey for just £35. Okay, the Van Rysel lacks the exclusivity and some of the design quality of the Iris, but Caroline still rated it for its low weight and warmth.

I'd say the performance in cooler temperatures isn't that far from that of the £130 Stolen Goat Kiko Bodyline Jersey, which I tested last year, though I found the fit of the Amadinia far superior.

MAAP offers the bold, long-sleeve Blurred Out Pro Hex jersey that Suvi liked when she tested it recently. It might not offer the level of protection that the Amadinia does, but the quality of construction should be comparable – though it will set you back a heavyweight £175.


All things considered, the Amadinia's performance, IRIS's environmental ethos and its repair scheme go a long way to justify the above-average price tag. Hopefully, in time, more of IRIS's long-sleeve jerseys will appear on Velovixen, which will cut out the cost of postage to the UK.


Outstanding fit and performance from an independent company doing its best to reduce cycling's carbon footprint test report

Make and model: Iris Amadinia Long Sleeve Jersey

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

IRIS says: "The Amadinia Women's Long Sleeve Jersey is super stretchy, lightweight and amazingly soft; ideal for those colder days in the autumn or spring, or to layer up with a wind vest and base layer in the winter."

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

Tailored race fit intended to be worn close to the body

High collar with a soft fleece lining

Super soft and comfortable Italian polyester allows for perfect freedom of movement

Full-length YKK zipper with camlock puller and internal zipper flap

Three back pockets and a water resistant zippered pocket for valuables

Elastic waistband with gripper inside, reflective stripes outside

Integrated reflective details on the arms

80%PL multifilament/20% EA

Made in Europe

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Faultless throughout and with reflective stitching to add to the all-round quality.

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Rate the product for fit:

Ideal for me – if you have shorter than average arms and torso, you may disagree...

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Rate the product for value:

Expensive, yes, but the jersey's quality, Iris's eco credentials and its repair service mean it's not overly priced.

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

Has come out smelling fresh from every 30°C wash with other kit.

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

Great in a range of temperatures. Ideal with a single base layer between 8-10°C. Shed the base layer as things warm up, or add a gilet or wind/waterproof jacket if things cool down. It's very breathable and the zero-bulk fabric makes it ideal for layering up.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Length in body and sleeve. Unique design on soft, comfy fabrics. Excellent performance.

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

With postage on top, it's above average. Stolen Goat offers its Bodyline Jersey for £130, while MAAP's long-sleeve offering that Suvi tested is both more expensive and potentially offers less protection.

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

First rate construction using 'luxurious' fabrics with a fit that really suits long-limbed riders. Breathability is excellent, making the jersey versatile enough for use all-year round – at least in the northern hemisphere!

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 173cm  Weight: 64kg

I usually ride: Road  My best bike is: Carbon road.

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Getting to grips with off roading too!

Emma’s first encounters with a road bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

After a couple of half decent UK road seasons racing for Leisure Lakes, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there and spent two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, then a new Belgian team of primarily developing riders, where there was less pressure, an opportunity to share her experience and help build a whole new team; a nice way to spend her final years of professional racing. 

Since retiring Emma has returned to teaching. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. In addition to the daily commute, Emma still enjoys getting out on her road bike and having her legs ripped off on the local club rides and chain gangs. She has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been rare sightings of Emma off-road on a mountain bike…

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