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The lightweight Nopinz Souplesse Jersey takes wind-cheating cues from the company's aero range without the super-close race fit. Designed for summer and highly breathable, it's a great jersey for warm days, but for the money could really do with details such as a valuables pocket and a zip garage.
Though the Souplesse range is slightly more relaxed than Nopinz' aero Pro-1 kit, it's still biased towards the performance end of things.
As well as the lightweight fabric being impressively breathable, making it ideal for warmer days, the amount of stretch in it means that movement isn't restricted at all, despite the close cut.
The Souplesse is going to work throughout the high summer temperatures (if we get them) thanks to how it lets the breeze flow through, and you don't need to worry about sunburn as the fabric offers UPF 50 sun protection.
With a short front and a dropped rear, the Souplesse jersey is designed for a racy position on the bike, and even when you are in the drops there is no bunching of any material.
The sleeves are quite long and use a different material than the rest of the jersey. Personally, I prefer something a little shorter, but the fabric is quite compressive which means they stay put without the need for any silicone gripper.
As for details, you get the usual array of three pockets at the rear, but the jersey does lack a zipped valuables pocket, something I see as an essential these days.
There's no garage for the zip up top, either.
Although this Souplesse jersey is more relaxed than the Pro-1, the sizing is still a little smaller than many UK brands and you'll probably need to go up a size. Nopinz' size guide is spot on, though, so just make sure you check that.
The overall quality is really good. There is little to fault when it comes to how well made this jersey is, and that goes a long way to justifying the price tag.
At a penny under £100 it's the same price as the Shutt VR Stockholm jersey which not only has a valuables pocket but is also made from recycled fabrics, if such concerns are high on your list.
You can get very good jerseys for less, though: Stolen Goat's Tappa Bodyline Jersey scored very well for its performance in the heat, and Ben was impressed with the fit. It costs just £75.
And the Lusso Dunsop is a close-fitting jersey designed for use in warm temperatures. Shaun was impressed with it, and it has a price of just £70.
Overall, the Souplesse is a well-made summer jersey with a nod towards aerodynamics. It's highly breathable and very well made, but up against some tough opposition on price.
Highly breathable and very well made summer jersey but lacking a couple of features considering the price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Nopinz Souplesse SS Jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Nopinz says, "Comfort meets performance in this stylish short sleeve jersey.
Pedal with effortless style in the Souplesse Short Sleeve, your go-to option for those balmy summer rides. Featuring premium Italian fabrics and a slightly more relaxed fit than the Pro-1 range, the Souplesse Short Sleeve Jersey incorporates Sonic Welded seams for improved comfort, on and off the bike.
Including three rear pockets with a silicone gripper to keep your belongings secure. Oil slick graphics provide an eye-catching look while fabrics incorporate UPF50 to provide skin protection all summer long."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Premium Italian fabrics for a great fit and maximum style.
Sonic Welded seams for ultimate comfort on and off the bike.
Heat applied oil slick graphics.
3 rear pockets with reflective detailing.
Perfect for summer training rides.
A close to skin fit with a little extra room for free movement.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to care for; no problems.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's great for use in warm temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No valuables pocket.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's a little more than other very good jerseys we've tested that also have more features.
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
A quality jersey that mixes a bit of aero with comfort for summer riding. It's well made but just lacks some of the details of others at this price and less, such as a zipped valuables pocket and a zip garage.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!