How to choose the best cycling jersey — everything you need to know about fabrics, fit, features and more
Gone are the days when the only option when it came to buying a cycling jersey was to choose between whether you wanted it in black or in white (or something in between). Today, there are so many different styles, designs and fabrics to choose from that there really is no excuse for simply falling back on what you have always worn.
So with that in mind, here's our guide to choosing the best cycling jersey for you.
When it comes to buying a cycling jersey, first and foremost you need to work out what sort of fit you want.
This will depend largely on your riding position and also how much time you spend on the bike. A rider who sits up and takes longer rides will probably be happy with a more loose fit than a rider who is more aggressive and wants something designed to allow maximum movement.
If in doubt, pick the size that is right for your body rather than your bike, as jerseys can always be taken in if they are too big but can't be let out if they are too small.
When it comes to fabrics, the first thing to consider is whether you want a jersey made of natural or synthetic fibre. Whilst natural fabrics generally feel softer and look better, they also tend to be heavier than their synthetic counterparts. This can be important if you are looking for a jersey you will wear all summer long and will therefore be carrying around with you on the bike all day.
Good examples of natural fibres include cotton, wool, silk and linen which are all breathable and absorb moisture. Synthetic fibres such as polyester are lighter and more durable whilst also being less prone to absorbing moisture and hence drying much quicker after a ride. However, they do not feel as soft to wear and some people find they don't last as long as natural fabrics.
When it comes to choosing between different types of synthetic fabric, you should look for those that have good UV protection as well as being quick drying. Many high-end jerseys will feature UPF50+ protection against the sun, which is more than enough for most people although if you are prone to burning you might want something with even higher protection. As well as protecting from UV rays, a good jersey will also wick sweat away from your skin which will help maintain your body temperature and keep you comfortable in all weathers. Some jerseys even contain 'Coolmax' fabric which helps to keep you cool when it is hot and helps retain heat when it is cool.
The other consideration when choosing the type of fabric is whether or not the jersey has been treated with any anti-bacterial properties. These can help prevent smells building up in your jersey even after several days' riding in hot weather.
Cut and shape:
The type of cut you want is largely going to be a matter of personal preference. However, if you are looking for something that will keep you covered when it is cool then it is worth making sure the sleeves of your jersey are at least as long as your bicep, as well as making sure that the jersey covers your bum.
If you want a more relaxed fit and don't mind showing off a bit of skin, then you can opt for a jersey with a looser fit and shorter sleeves.
Cycling jerseys tend to come in a range of sizes ranging from small through to extra large or XXL. For most riders, size small will be pretty snug and they may need to get a medium or even large if they are not particularly slim or tall. If in doubt, it is always worth trying the jersey on rather than simply going by the numbers and hoping for the best.
Here comes the sun:
As well as looking good (and possibly helping you stand out so that drivers can see you), the colour of your jersey can also help keep you comfortable in hot weather.
Whites and light colours tend to reflect light more than darker colours, meaning they will keep you cooler on sunny days. This is particularly important in hot climates when the sun can be powerful enough to burn through clothes if you are wearing the wrong thing. On the other hand, dark colours tend to absorb light and this can mean that it takes longer for your jersey to dry after being washed, which can also affect how quickly your body cools down after a ride.
Long v short sleeves:
You may not give it much thought when buying your jersey but the length of your sleeves is actually important. This is because they will affect how much air gets between you and your jersey, which in turn can affect how comfortable you are on the bike. This can be particularly important in hot weather when you will be sweating on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is that your sleeves should be at least as long as your bicep when riding on the hoods and around your elbows when riding in the drops.
Pockets come in all shapes and sizes and not only provide storage space for things like energy bars, keys or even a phone but some can also be used to store maps or gloves whilst riding. The most common pocket design is simply two straight pockets sewn onto either side of the jersey, however many jerseys now feature one or even two vertical pockets on their front which are especially useful for carrying things like spare tubes or tools.
Some jerseys even have pockets designed specifically for carrying things like phone or gels which can be very handy if you want to use your jersey while training on a turbo trainer at home or if you want to carry food with you on longer rides.
Zips have been common on cycling jerseys since the 1990s and are usually positioned at the front so that they can be used to ventilate the jersey when it is particularly warm out. The zip itself should ideally have a flap over it to prevent rain getting in through the top of the zip when it is open, although some jerseys now feature water resistant zips that mean they don't need a flap over them in order to stay waterproof.
TAZSJG men's cycling jersey suit is made of super soft and smooth polyester fabric, very light and very comfortable. The fabric dries fast, cools when hot and heats when cold. It quickly absorbs sweat, quickly evaporates sweat, comfortable and stylish to wear. It is the ideal clothing for sports and leisure time.
TAZSJG men's cycling jersey suit has three pockets on the back can hold valuables. Stretch fabric, quick-drying and breathable. Four-dimensional stretch, unrestrained.
As well as traditional cycling jersey, TAZSJG men's cycling jersey suit has many advantages, for example, it is more light and comfortable to wear and the fabric dries faster than traditional jersey. The material is also breathable so that sweat can be quickly evaporated. It won't stick to your skin when you are sweating a lot. It also wicks moisture away from your skin to keep you dry.
In addition, TAZSJG Men's Cycling Jersey Suit can offer you a variety of beautiful color combinations, so you can choose the best one according to your taste or the color of your bike.
Available in 3X-Large, 4X-Large, 5X-Large, Large, Medium, Small, X-Large, X-Small, XX-Large
YMXDHZ Black cycling team short sleeve men's cycling jersey is made of high quality Lycra, which is elastic and comfortable, especially for cycling. It is a great gift to your friends or lovers on leisure time. The high-class material and exquisite workmanship can guarantee the maximum comfort and good effect, which makes you feel soft and cool in summer.
Super soft and smooth
Very light and very comfortable.
It dries fast, cools when hot and heats when cold.
Quickly absorb sweat
What We Like:
Quickly evaporate sweat, comfortable and stylish to wear.
WSSBK summer cycling suit is made of a high-quality microfiber material. The fabric is breathable and quick-drying, and it is perfect for riding in the summer, especially for those who like to ride long distances. It has three pockets on the back, so you can put your valuables in them and keep them safe. It is also very comfortable to wear.
Super soft and smooth, very light and very comfortable.
It dries fast, cools when hot and heats when cold.
Quickly absorb sweat, quickly evaporate sweat, comfortable and stylish to wear.
Walnut summer cycling jersey is designed to meet the needs of those who enjoy riding, cycling, training or any other outdoor activity.
This cycling jersey is made of high-quality materials and exquisite workmanship. It is lightweight, breathable and will not shrink or stretch. It absorbs sweat quickly, you will not feel hot even after exercise. It is also UV protection and it is windproof.
Walnut summer cycling suit is made of high quality fabric, it is tight-fitting, good texture, and breathable.
It is made of 100% polyester and has a polyester lining.
The material is water-resistant, windproof, and UV protection.
This cycling suit is designed with a full zipper closure, it can also be folded into a small parcel when not in use.
This suit is great for cycling or running.
It is also popular for its attractive appearance, perfect fitting and flattering style.
What We Like:
Jersey is a good quality and the prices are affordable.
It is great for the price and it fits well.
This is a mid to long sleeve jersey. (I would call it a long sleeve jersey)
The zipper is all the way up to the neck and it is nice and long so it does not feel like it will pull out of the neck area.
Pearl iZUMi men's P.R.O. octane full zip cycling jersey is a top-end, high performance cycling jersey designed for the most aggressive riders who require maximum breathability and moisture management . The P.R.O. cycle jersey is made from a lightweight, micro-mesh fabric which is ultra-breathable and helps to wick sweat away from the body and maintain a comfortable temperature when riding.
The P.R.O cycle jersey also features a full-length hidden zipper which helps to regulate body temperature on warm days and can be reversed should you require it for off-bike wear. The P.R.O cycle jersey comes in a wide range of sizes and is available in a range of different colourways, so you're sure to find the perfect jersey to suit your individual style.
The cycling jersey is made from an elastane/polyester fabric blend that has been specifically designed to be both moisture wicking and breathable. This allows the fabric to move moisture away from the body to the surface of the fabric where it can evaporate rapidly, leaving you feeling fresh and dry.
The elastane/polyester fabric blend used in the garment is also very soft against the skin, which helps with the comfort and feel of the jersey when riding or wearing off the bike . The jersey also features a full-length zip which makes it easier to regulate body temperature during warm rides, whilst also allowing you to remove your jersey if needed without having to remove your shoes first.
Castelli aero race 6.0 jersey is a perfect example of the engineering that goes into designing and building a jersey. It is a highly technical jersey that provides optimum freedom of movement whilst still offering you all the aerodynamic benefits.
The jersey is made up of a full front and back mesh panel, with 3 rear mesh pockets and 3 rear pockets. It is made from a very light weight, highly flexible material that offers great freedom of movement in the upper arms and shoulders as well as in the back.
It is designed in a very close fitting manner which ensures that you will have great aerodynamic benefits while still being able to carry enough of your stuff on the bike. It is made with a full length zipper with a silicone gripper keeping it firmly in place.
Material: (front, sleeve) Velocity Rev2, (back) 3D mesh
Pockets: 3 rear
What We Like:
This is a very lightweight jersey, and is great for hot weather.
This jersey has a large amount of rear pockets which are great for carrying any small items.
The fit of this jersey is great, it doesn't restrict your movement and fits tightly around your body.
Giordana men's FR-C pro cycling jersey Long sleeve red white is made from 100% polyester. This cycling jersey has been designed for casual cyclists, who are looking for a performance garment to match their active lifestyle.
It is made using a combination of stretch and performance fabrics. The fabric is double faced and UV protection, which helps to protect the rider from the sun.
This makes it suitable for riding on both warm and cool days. The use of high-quality fabrics also make it extremely durable and reliable.
The camlock zipper provides easier access to the pockets and makes it easier to close them. It also helps in the prevention of pockets from leaking due to rain. This makes it more suitable for riding in bad weather too.
The Giordana FR-C pro cycling jersey Long sleeve red white is available in many sizes and colours. It comes in red/white color which makes it especially attractive for cyclists who like to ride in style.
Made in Italy
Hand Wash Only
Double-faced fabric for superior wicking and drying
Finely woven for greater stretch and return Mesh under arm
Castelli cycling puro 3 jersey is a Great jersey for the chilly fall weather. It is very warm and perfect for cool days, but it is not warm enough for cold days.
The fleece is soft and helps to keep you warm. This is a great jersey for casual rides. It has 3 rear pockets to hold your essentials safely. These pockets are not big but can hold small items like keys, wallet, etc.
The zipper is easy sliding weatherproof YKK Vislon zipper. The zipper has two tiny plastic teeth that can be very annoying when you are riding in your lowest gear and they hit the chain. The front also has a reflective panel that is great for night rides. Overall this is a great jersey but if you are looking for a warm or cold weather jersey I would look elsewhere.
The Castelli Puro 3 Jersey is the perfect option for fall weather when it is getting colder but not cold enough for winter gear. The fleece material is soft and comfortable, the thermal arm warmers fit well under the sleeves, and there are plenty of pockets to hold all of your belongings.
Fox racing men's flexair pro long sleeve mountain biking jersey is the best cycling jersey. It is a perfect choice for those who love to ride on the mountains. The design is based on maximum cooling and the ability to resist abrasions.
Polartec delta front panel
Bonded front hem, sleeve and neck openings
What We Like:
The design provides maximum cooling.
The design is based on maximum comfort and resistance to abrasions.
It is very breathable.
The price is very affordable.
The material is durable.
What We Don't Like:
It is not a perfect choice for those who love colors and designs as it only comes in three colors.
ScudoPro thermal long sleeve cycling jersey is an all-new and unique cycling jersey. You will feel proud of your heritage in this all-new thermal cycling jersey. The color of the cycling jersey is red and white. The name of the country is printed on the back of the cycling jersey. The name of the country is printed in white.
Invisible front zipper for complete weather protection. The fabric is 100% pro-thermal fabric polyester with soft inner fleece for comfortable ride even in cold weather. The technology included in the fabric is fast wick, color stay, no stain and odor control. Therefore, it is ideal for cold weather riding. The fabric is best performance 40 degrees F and above.
Short and long sleeve jersey designs for all weathers and conditions. In this article we aim to help you understand how fabrics work, what to look for when picking a jersey and how to pick the right size. Chances are you already own a jersey, or have one on your Christmas wish list, so this article is all about helping you pick the right one.
We hope you find the information useful and it helps you pick the right jersey for your needs. If you have any questions, or would like to add anything, please do so in the comments section below.