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The Nopinz Pro-1 Roubaix Jersey-Woman's offers ideal warmth for autumn and spring riding, with a generous amount of reflective detailing. It's a close-fitting jersey, but you'll almost certainly need to size up – and even after doing that you may find the sleeves still come up short.
Conditions this winter have seen some incredibly mild spells, ideal for testing the Roubaix jersey, which has been designed to provide protection on colder spring and autumn rides.
The jersey sits in Nopinz's Pro-1 line, which is centred around making high-performance aero kit accessible to all. It's supposed to be a slim fit, but in my experience you'll need to be careful with the size you opt for with this jersey.
According to Nopinz's size chart, with my chest measurement of 88cm and weight of 60kg, I should sit comfortably at the bottom end of a size small. However, even the medium is tighter than I prefer in places, including across the chest and at the forearms, plus the sleeves are very much on the short side.
Notably, this long sleeve option differs from the sizing of the summer options in the Pro-1 collection; I tested the short sleeve jersey in the summer and found the size small provided a fantastically close fit that wasn't overly tight.
If you're following the current sizing chart, I'd definitely recommend going up one size, potentially two.
The jersey is made with Italian Roubaix-lined fabric which is delightfully soft to the touch. However, while the fabric itself is comfy, the positioning of the seams just above the elbow is not, causing irritation when worn without a baselayer.
The sleeves are on the short side, too – though the sleeve cuffs themselves are great: low profile and a good secure width.
A wide, silicone-coated elasticated band runs around the base of the jersey, securing it in place while riding.
There are three pockets at the rear, with the middle one being the widest at 12cm. This makes it a good option for stuffing a waterproof shell, while the sloped openings of the two outer edge pockets give you easy access to the contents while on the move, and so are good places for storing nutrition. The jersey doesn't come with a zipped pocket for securing valuables, though.
Nopinz has been wonderfully generous with the extent of the reflective detailing used: a reflective strip extends the whole width of the rear pockets for some visibility when riding in low light conditions.
For more visibility you could also go for a bright Coral option rather than the Navy I have on test – and the jersey is also available in purple.
Premium long sleeve jerseys can hit the £150 mark, such as Velocio's Women's Signature Long Sleeve, so the Roubaix's rrp of £99.99 isn't bad for a close-fitting long sleeve jersey.
That said, there are options that have really impressed for around the same price, or less: Tactic Sport's Hard Day Long Sleeve Jersey is £98 and has a more consistent, comfortable fit throughout, and the stretchy, well-cut cuff design really helps when pairing with short-cuffed gloves.
I've also been testing Velocio's Foundation Long Sleeve Jersey (full review imminent) which is slightly cheaper still at £94. It has a well-shaped, relaxed fit that's comfortable on the bike, and is made fully from recycled materials.
Overall, the Pro-1 Roubaix uses a wonderfully soft and comfortable fabric, but there are better-fitting aero or relaxed options for the money.
Soft and warm option for autumn/spring riding with good amount of reflective detailing, but watch the sizing
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Nopinz Pro-1 Roubaix Jersey Woman's
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Nopinz says: "Our Pro-1 Roubaix long sleeve jersey has been designed to offer protection from the elements on those colder spring/autumn rides. The entire jersey is made from Italian Roubaix lined fabric that offers thermal efficiency and comfort.
"The rear pockets have full-width reflective detailing for safety when riding in low light conditions. We have also incorporated a storm flap and zip garage for added comfort and increased protection from the elements."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Storm flap and zip garage.
Low profile silicone waist gripper.
The close fit is overly tight across the chest and forearms, even after I sized up.
I should sit comfortably at the bottom end of a size small. However, even the medium is tighter than I prefer in places, including across the chest and at the forearms, and the sleeves are on the short side.
The fabric itself is wonderfully soft, but there are irritating seams on both sleeves just above the elbow.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All good after being machine washed at 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The soft material used is lovely directly on the skin, though the seam above each elbow is not. Also, I found the fit overly tight across the chest and forearms despite opting for the size up.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The amount of reflective detailing on the rear pockets.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fit and the seam on the sleeves.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Cheaper than premium options such as Velocio's Women's Signature Long Sleeve (£150), but there are comfier, better-fitting aero or relaxed options around the same price, such as Tactic Sport's Hard Day Long Sleeve Jersey (£98) and Velocio's Women's Foundation Long Sleeve Jersey (£94).
Did you enjoy using the product? No
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No, I'd recommend the Tactic Hard Day if looking for a close-fitting option and the Velocio Women's Foundation if they were looking for something with a more relaxed fit.
Use this box to explain your overall score
Overall, it has the potential to be better than average, with the soft material and pleasing level of warmth for spring and autumn days, but it's tight across the chest and forearms (despite me going up a size), and the seam above each elbow caused irritation.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike 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, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, Gravel riding, indoor turbo and rollers, track
Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.