Gone are the days when the best cycling jerseys were little more than a shirt with a quarter-zip, collar and some handy pockets sewn into the back to keep your tools and snacks.
Cycle clothing companies have since invested a lot of research and design into perfecting fit and sourcing technically advanced materials so that your jersey will help you perform at your best. From fabric that stretches to provide the optimal fit and aerodynamics, moisture-managing materials that wick sweat from the body to keep you cool and dry when it's hot and as part of a layering system to protect against the coldest conditions.
As the northern hemisphere moves through spring into summer, the weather is getting warmer and daylight hours extending. As a result, long sleeves are being replaced by the best arm warmers, and it's time to pick up some new short sleeve jerseys for the summer ahead.
However, not everyone lives in permanently-sunny climates, and for many of us, lightweight summer jerseys only come out for a few weeks per year, with more versatile jerseys being the go-to choice, paired with the best base layers. And for those in the southern hemisphere, summer is drawing to a close and the required sleeve length is growing.
Luckily, no matter your locality, preference, or need, we've got you covered with our collection of the best cycling jerseys. We've even thrown in some aero jerseys for those of you looking ahead to the post-COVID racing season.
Keep reading for our selection of the best cycling jerseys available to buy this year, use the links on the right to skip to your chosen type of jersey, or jump to the bottom for our guide on how to choose the best cycling jersey for you.
Best summer cycling jerseys
Sportful Bodyfit Pro Evo
A versatile, warm weather jersey that will stand up to the needs of a WorldTour pro
Fit: Race | Colours: 5 | Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
Sportful may have designed the Bodyfit Pro Evo for the rigours of the WorldTour but that doesn’t mean it isn’t comfortable for club runs and training rides.
Sportful hasn’t gone for an all-out aero fit - for that, it has the Bomber jersey - however, the BodyFit Pro Evo still sits close to the body thanks to highly stretchy shoulder material that hugs the top of the body. A low v-neck collar features minimal stitching to add to the all-day comfort of the jersey.
Silicone detailing and elastic around the waist holds the jersey in place while laser-cut lay-flat elastic cuffs stop the sleeves from riding up.
- Sportful clothing: A comprehensive range overview
Endura Pro SL
Understated looks but high on performance
Fit: Race | Colours: 6 | Material: Nylon 56% / Polyester 28% / Elastane 16% | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: No
While Endura is no longer participating in the WorldTour circuit its Pro SL range continues, offering high performance at a great price. The Pro SL jersey has a race cut that uses close-fitting lycra and with raw edge hem to keep airflow moving smoothly over the body. The design around the collar is particularly well-shaped and comfortable. The fabric has wicking qualities to manage sweat as well as UPF50 for protection from the sun.
The three rear pockets are deep and provide ample space for securely storing everything needed on a ride. To keep your valuables accounted for there is a zippy pocket as well.
Endura's Pro SL is available in six simple colours and is available in a Lite version for when it's really hot or a long sleeve for when there's a bit of a chill.
- Endura cycling clothing: Range overview
Le Col Pro Air
Le Col’s Pro Air is a jersey that is suited to the hottest of summer days thanks to its extreme levels of breathability
Fit: Race | Colours: 2 (men's), 3 (women's) | Material: 100% Polyester | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: No
Le Col has designed the Pro Air for those who ride in temperatures around 20-40 degrees Celsius (68-104 Fahrenheit). Maximum airflow is achieved using an open weave mesh which channels air and wicks moisture away quickly to help maintain a comfortable body temperature, this also results in an extremely lightweight garment.
The Pro Air features the same aggressive aero focussed fit as Le Col’s thicker Pro version as well as three rear pockets with a fourth water-resistant valuables pocket and silicone grippers.
Rapha Brevet Lightweight Jersey
A lightweight version of Rapha's popular Brevit jersey for long days under the hot sun
Fit: Regular | Colours: 7 | Material: 100% polyester | Pockets: 6 | Reflective details: Yes
While most lightweight summer jerseys focus on cooling at the sacrifice of durability, for endurance riders who ride in hot weather a jersey must be cool and comfortable whilst still tough enough to handle day after day of riding. Rapha has taken its Brevit endurance jersey and increased the ventilation and cooling to cater for riders who spend all day under the roasting sun.
The jersey is made from 100gsm fabric on the front and back and lightweight mesh side panels are used to further enhance cooling. Due to the lightweight material, Rapha says that the jersey can be wash and dried quickly so its fresh for the next day. The fit is also a lot more relaxed than most other lightweight jerseys, so if race fit isn't your style this is the jersey to get.
The Brevit Lightweight has all the features you would expect from an endurance related jersey too. There is plenty reflective detailing to help visibility and the jersey features six pockets to help organise and transport everything you might need on a ride.
Assos MILLE GT Summer Jersey c2
Relaxed fit jersey for warm weather weekend and training rides
Fit: Regular | Colours: 3 | Material: 91% Polyester, 6% Elastane, 3% Polyamide | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
Assos bring racey features like raw cut sleeves and high tech fabrics with a relaxed fit that's great for a do-it-all summer weekend and training jersey. Assos has used its Type.112 Dual Tex fabric for the front and back panels to wick moisture from the body and provide UPF30 protection as well. The arms are made from bi-stretch Push Pull fabric and increases sun protection for the top of the arms to UPF50. This is the same material that Assos use on its race jersey and the stitching and tailoring is all influenced by the performance jerseys.
There are three colour options which all have Assos' trademark super clean aesthetic. Assos also does some special colourways from the Shifter and Voganski ranges.
Best cycling jerseys for spring weather
The period between seasons, usually referred to as shoulder season, can be the most difficult time to dress appropriately for a ride. The weather forecast often feels like a bit of a shot in the dark, and it could just as easily rain all day as it could be sunny and warm. During these rides, the best cycling jerseys offer versatility, warmth and weather resistance without being bulky and too hot.
Castelli Gabba RoS
Almost synonymous with poor-weather jerseys, the Gabba will keep you comfortable when the heavens open
Fit: Slim | Colours: 5 | Material: GoreTex Infinium Windstopper | Pockets: 2 | Reflective details: Yes
The weather isn’t always sunshine so it’s important to have a jersey that will keep performing well even when the clouds roll in. This is where the Castelli Gabba RoS comes in.
Made from Gore Infinium Windstopper 205 fabric up front, the Gabba RoS offers superb wind protection and a water-resistant finish to protect against showers, however, this doesn't come at the expense of fit or heat management, thanks to the Infinium Windstopper 203 at the rear, which is stretchier and more breathable.
The tail of the Gabba RoS is extended to provide a storm flap to protect from wheel-spray. Even the pockets feature drain holes in case the weather gets very unpleasant.
Warmer materials and extra storage for long days in the saddle
Fit: Casual | Colours: 3 | Material: 61% Polyester, 39% Merino wool | Pockets: 5 | Reflective details: Yes
The Brevet jersey is designed with versatility in mind. Whether you're riding gravel or road, for an hour or 10, the Brevet jersey is a comfortable, high-performance option that has more pocket space than you'll likely need. There are, in fact, five pockets. The three traditional pockets are larger than average, there's a fourth 'ballast' pocket across the lumbar of the back for larger items like spare clothing, and a fifth chest pocket keeps your valuables safe and sound.
The merino blend construction means that it will regulate temperature effectively, and fight off bad smells, should your riding be a multi-day affair, and high-vis detailing helps with those early starts or late finishes.
Le Col Pro Rain
The best cycling jersey for warm showery days
Fit: Race | Colours: 2 | Material: 80% Polyester, 10% Nylon, 10% Polyurethane Fibre | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: Yes
For those days where the weather isn't exactly cold, but there's a high chance of rain, then Le Col's Pro Rain jersey is the answer. It's designed purely with racing in mind, featuring an aerodynamic cut and sizes up relatively small, so if you're between sizes or prefer a looser fit, we recommend sizing up.
Upfront, a waterproof zipper keeps the water at bay, and reflective detailing helps to increase visibility, and four pockets will store your belongings, but at its core, this jersey is for racing.
Extremely versatile jersey for unpredictable spring conditions
Fit: Race | Colours: 3 | Material: 88% Polyester, 12% Elastane | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
The PSN LS Rain jersey is constructed using a three-layer windproof and waterproof fabric, which La Passione claims has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm: quite impressive for a softshell layer. Under the arms, there are two panels of thermo-fleece fabric to enhance ventilation in this key area. The material itself is soft to the touch and has a decent level of stretch to help with fit. The deep laser-cut thermo-fleece cuffs and significantly dropped storm flap at the back stops rain and drafts sneaking through the holes
What’s most impressive about the PSN Rain jersey is the wide range of temperatures that the jersey is comfortable in. Spring conditions can change dramatically even on a short ride and I found the jersey perfect for temperatures between eight to 12 degrees (with a merino vest base layer) and the low end could be pushed further down to around six degrees with a long sleeve base layer for nippy spring mornings or chilly evening rides. The race fit means it could be worn under an outer shell as well and ridden even further into the single digits. The storm laser-cut cuffs have a close fit and play very well with gloves, creating a great seal from the cold around the wrist.
Best aero cycling jerseys
Assos Equipe RS Aero
One of the best cycling jerseys for racers and speed chasers
Fit: Race | Colours: 4 | Material: 19% Polyamide (Nylon), 66% Polyester, 15% Elastane | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
When constructing this jersey, Assos has used three different materials based on specific characteristics. Assos’ Sens Classic Tex offers lightweight stretchy properties for the side panels and its Stabilizator S7 Knit forms a cooling panel and UPF30 protection on the back. The rest of the jersey uses Mini Check Tex, a 3D knit fabric that offers high levels of breathability.
The materials are bonded together to add comfort and improve aerodynamics around the waist, full-length zip and v-neck collar.
Castelli Aero Race 6.0
A race-fit, warm-weather jersey that claims to make you faster
Fit: Race | Colours: 3 | Material: 100% Polyester | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
With the Aero Race 6.0 jersey, Castelli has developed a jersey that promises real-world aero gains. While this is hard to prove without access to a wind tunnel, there is no doubt that Castelli has put a lot of thought into its design and material choice.
Castelli has focussed on creating a jersey that fits close to the body while remaining comfortable for the duration of a ride. Using its stretchy Velocity Rev2 material for the front and elbow-length sleeves. The back of the jersey uses a 3D mesh that is extremely breathable.
A dropped tail features a silicone gripper around the hem, keeping the jersey in place while riding and allowing for optimal pocket placement.
Rapha Pro Team Aero
Skinsuit tech in a fast, comfortable and stylish jersey
Fit: Race | Colours: 2 | Material: 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: Yes
The Rapha Pro Team Aero is a race jersey that owes much of its design to Rapha’s WorldTour winning skinsuit development.
To enhance aerodynamics Rapha has used multiple materials. The front of the jersey has a smooth texture to aid airflow over the body, this is bonded to the rear which has a napped texture to minimise drag. Unsurprisingly, the Pro Team Aero is aggressively cut and Rapha has lengthened the sleeves which may divide opinions.
It’s not all-out race orientated, three slim gusseted rear pockets offer storage for essentials, a fourth zippered pocket provides security and Rapha has added some reflective detailing to help with visibility.
Best long sleeve cycling jerseys
Velocio Signature Long-Sleeve
Lightweight, breathable and insulated cool-weather jersey
Fit: Slim | Colours: 3 | Material: 61% Polyamide / 25% Polyester / 14% Elastane | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: Yes
Velocio's Signature long sleeve jersey is suitable for those chillier spring mornings where the sun is shining but the frost still lives on the grass. The mid-weight material is highly stretchy, meaning the fit will be racy and aerodynamic. It is soft to the touch, and the fleece-lined collar and cuffs help keep the wind out on breezier days, but there's no wind or waterproofing, so it's best paired with a gilet on bad-weather days.
With its high-wicking design, it makes for a versatile addition to your wardrobe, in that it can be worn as a standalone long sleeve jersey or as a mid-layer on colder days. Four pockets will keep your belongings safe, one of which can be zipped up for extra security.
Gore C5 Thermo Long Sleeve Jersey
Functional autumn/winter jersey with a focus on core insulation
Fit: Slim | Colours: 4 | Material: 85% Polyamide, 15% Elastane | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: Yes
This cold-weather jersey from Gore features extra thermal insulation around the torso in order to keep your core warm, while the thermal-lining is soft to the touch, providing next-to-skin comfort. The fit is fairly relaxed to accommodate a base layer, while remaining aero cut with long sleeves and a dropped tail. A partially elastic gripper on the hem keeps everything in place as you pedal.
At the rear, there’s a mesh insert which stops the back pocket from sagging when it’s packed full, which is a really thoughtful detail. Three compartment pockets, plus a fourth zippered pocket provide ample space for storing snacks, while a close fit collar helps keep the chill locked out. Reflective details help with low-light visibility, making this a functional autumn and winter jersey for commuters and roadies alike.
dhb Merino Long Sleeve Jersey
Blends natural performance of Merino with modern fabric technology
Fit: Slim | Colours: 5 | Material: 40% Nylon, 35% Merino Wool, 25% Polypropylene | Pockets: 3 | Reflective details: Yes
This 3-season jersey from dhb is designed for autumn, winter and spring cycling. It combines a mid-weight Merino wool blend with Polyamide for stretch and a comfortable fit, while an additional Polypropylene lining feels soft to the touch and provides incredible hydrophobic qualities to quickly wick moisture away from the skin.
Thanks to the merino blend, this long-sleeved jersey is lightweight, soft and durable, offers superior temperature regulation and is naturally antibacterial and resistant to odours. In order to provide the sweat-wicking performance it offers, it sits close to the body for a snug fit, but isn’t at all restrictive. Finally, at the rear there’s a mesh ventilation strip designed to release any excess heat, while silicone grippers on the sleeves and hem stop everything from moving out of place.
Endura Pro SL L/S Jersey II
Eco-friendly race-fit thermal jersey
Fit: Race | Colours: 3 | Material: 80% Recycled Nylon, 20% Elastane | Pockets: 4 | Reflective details: Yes
This form-fitting performance-cut thermal jersey from Endura is constructed from 100 per cent recycled thermal stretch fabric, delivering winter warmth in an environmentally-friendly package.
It’s an ideal outer layer in cool weather, thanks to its insulation properties, moisture-wicking fabric and subtle reflective details for low-light visibility. As the temperature drops and rain starts looming, it’s also a great mid-layer jersey to be worn with a base layer and waterproof jacket: a combination that locks in the heat while remaining breathable.
With three compartment pockets and a fourth zippered pocket at the rear, three colours to choose from and a lightweight internal elastic hem paired with a silicone gripper, this performance focused cold weather jersey should see you through the best of autumn and the worst of winter.
Rapha Men’s Brevet Long Sleeve Windblock Jersey
The ultimate versatile cold-weather jersey, protecting against a huge range of conditions
Fit: Slim | Colours: 4 | Material: 89% Merino, 11% Nylon | Pockets: 5 | Reflective details: Yes
Inspired by the Rapha Brevet credo of ‘pack light, travel far’, the long sleeve Windblock jersey is designed to combine the performance qualities of a merino jersey with the wind protection of a good gilet, making it a hugely versatile garment in your winter cycling wardrobe.
The quick-drying and lightweight merino fabric provides comfort when your body temperature rises, while the wind-resistant polyester panels that cover the front of the torso and arms provide much-needed protection on chilly descents.
It comes in a Rapha Classic fit, which is close, but relaxed, making it easy to wear a base layer underneath. Meanwhile five pockets - three compartments and two zipper pockets - provide plenty of storage space for snacks, tools and valuables.
Finally, providing that beautiful Rapha aesthetic are reflective and hi-vis Brevet stripes on the front and back, which double up as an excellent way to stay visible in low-light conditions.
How to choose the best cycling jersey
Most performance jerseys will be constructed from a synthetic material such as nylon or polyester. These materials offer superb wicking and breathability to move sweat away from the body so it quickly evaporates leaving you dry and comfortable when you are working hard. Thin mesh style materials are incorporated to maximise breathability where it is needed the most, such as under the arms, which further helps with cooling. High levels of stretch both two-way and four-way can be engineered into synthetics for a perfect close fit to reduce bunching and maximise aerodynamic properties.
That's not to say natural materials such as merino don’t have their advantages and companies like Rapha have been developing high-performance merino-based materials that are still extremely breathable and well-fitting. Both soft and hardwearing, merino will keep you warm even when soaked and the natural material resists odour build-up. Thanks to these properties, natural fibres lend themselves well for long days in the saddle where comfort trumps super aggressive aero designs.
Fit is key so it is important to choose a jersey that suits your intended style of riding. An aggressive race fit is designed to be ridden in the drops and to cut through the air with maximum efficiency. They feature shorter torsos and longer arms to optimise fit while in a more aggressive position. Slim-fit jerseys are a little looser and longer to improve comfort for longer rides or relaxed coffee runs.
Almost all jerseys use a full-length zip so when it’s very warm the front can be unzipped to help regulate temperature. To reduce irritation a flap on the collar houses the zip so it doesn’t rub while riding.
Three rear pockets are the standard for storing multi-tools, snacks and anything other mid-ride essentials. There are variations on this with some companies adding a loop to secure a pump or a handy fourth secure zipped pocket to keep valuables.
Finally, reflective details improve visibility when riding in poor light. This might not be a consideration when choosing race orientated wear, but for riders who are going on all-day epics and training rides, this is an important aspect to consider to help keep you safe on the road.
Of course, having a well-fitting jersey is key, but looking good is also important. Jerseys are available in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit all rider's style whether you want a subtle classy look or want to stand out from the crowd.
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