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The Stolen Goat Tappa Bodyline Jersey is a stylish top that fits well, and the highly breathable fabric makes it great for summer days.
While this is marketed as a hot/warm weather jersey, it is more versatile than the super-lightweight mesh jerseys out there.
I wore this on a recent trip to Mallorca, and giving a big effort up a long climb in 25°C heat there were some damp patches on my back and armpits, but it quickly wicked away sweat and felt dry again once I had picked up a bit of speed.
But I also wore it on cooler spring days with arm warmers and a gilet, and it performed perfectly.
The 'performance' fit is designed to be 'comfortable yet aerodynamic' and it's a great balance. The four-way stretch fabric – 80% polyester and 20% Lycra – sits well against the body, and there are no flappy bits when you pick up speed. The sleeves are quite long, with laser cut ends that stay perfectly in place all day without any gripper.
The material isn't as see-through as a lot of warm weather jerseys, which will appeal to some people, and it also provides UV protection unlike some mesh jerseys (though it doesn't say what factor). I am currently sporting a bib shorts tan line on my back from my Le Col Pro Air jersey.
I kept coming back to this jersey for my long rides. I wore it on several rides over five hours in differing conditions and temperatures, and never felt any discomfort or had any gripes with it.
The quality is good, and the stitching all looks perfect after frequent washing. The zip is from YKK, and there's a zip garage at the top to prevent any neck irritation.
At the back there are the usual three pockets, which comfortably accommodate all the essentials, plus additional clothing when I went out overdressed.
The silicone gripper works well at keeping the jersey in place, and the items in my pockets remained secure and didn't bounce around while climbing out of the saddle.
There is a zipped valuables pocket, too, though it wasn't big enough for my standard sized phone (Samsung S20 FE).
I like the look of the jersey, so much so that I bought the matching socks recently reviewed by Steve. If this one isn't to your tastes, though, there are other designs from Stolen Goat with the same features.
At £75 this sits around the current mid-point for a jersey. For example, Lusso's £70 Dunsop jersey was well reviewed by Shaun last year, although it seems a touch more of a warm weather only jersey.
You can spend less – the Scott Endurance 10 received a good review from Stu and costs £63.99 (no zip pocket, though) – but there are many more expensive jerseys out there, such as the recently reviewed Gore Torrent at £89.99, though Steve struggled to justify spending that bit more.
Overall, I've been very impressed by the fit, breathability and style of the Tappa Bodyline jersey. It's been great for hot rides, yet versatile enough to wear with layers on cooler spring days.
Excellent jersey – comfortable, great fit, performs well in warm weather and looks stylish
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Stolen Goat Tappa Bodyline jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Stolen Goat says: "With its classic stripes on a cool blue background, the Stolen Goat men's Tappa jersey is sure to get you tapping your hooves with excitement to get out and show it off on a ride!
"This short-sleeved jersey is perfect for all of your summer adventures. Lightweight, breathable and made from premium fabric with 4-way stretch. Plenty of pockets and UV protection. Ride all day comfort, with next level style and performance. Yep, this jersey has got it all!"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stolen Goat lists these details:
Aerodynamically tuned jersey
Long, aero sleeves, with a neat, laser cut end
Hot/warm weather jersey
Two-way breathable and fast drying
Water-resistance zipped 4th pocket
Full length YKK cam-lock zipper
Neckline zip protector
Heat transfer neck labels
Silicone elastic waist gripper
Male specific fit
I have worn this a lot during testing and it has no signs of age.
Sizing is slightly more generous than some brands. There are seven sizes available.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very easy, washed at 30 and air dried. I've washed this a lot and there's no difference from new.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, coped well with warm weather and was very comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I really like the performance fit and the looks of the jersey.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's about mid-range – a fiver more than the Lusso Dunsop (£70), but £15 less than the Gore Torrent (£89.99). The Scott Endurance 10 is a bit cheaper at £63.99 though.
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
It's excellent – a top quality jersey that fits well, works well in warm weather but is versatile enough for cooler days.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Roubaix My best bike is: Cervelo S3
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Indoor