01 Aug 3 tips to help you choose the best cycling jersey
3 tips to help you choose the best cycling jersey
In search of the perfect cycling jersey?
Jerseys are extremely important in the arsenal of a cyclist. Sometimes forgotten, this unsung hero can mean the difference between a comfortable ride versus an uncomfortable, chilly and pretty miserable time out on the road.
- Fabric & Material
Choosing a jersey made with high quality materials is a must for any cyclist.
Most jerseys are made from a blend of polyester and elastane. These materials are designed to regulate temperature by wicking the moisture away from your body to the outer layers of the material, therefore making it easier for the water to evaporate. This is crucial for your jersey selection as it ensures you stay dry and comfortable on your ride.
Sewing is a vital part of your garment in terms of comfort and durability. Sewing elastic materials is almost an art form and using the right yarn, stitch and tensioning is essential for a high quality garment.
Other considerations when selecting your jersey are UV protection and anti-microbial properties. Long days out on the road mean you are exposed to a lot of those harmful rays. It’s important to choose a fabric with a high UV rating as you’re not likely to apply sunscreen under your jersey.
- Fit and Cut
Whether you’re competing or just out for a leisurely ride, fit is key.
If you’re into racing then tight fitting jerseys that are designed to hug the body are the way to go. Not only do they help to reduce drag and increase aerodynamics, they ensure the fabric is close to the skin to aid the wicking process.
A well cut garment will also account for your position on the bike; if you are a racer you are more likely to have an aggressive aerodynamic position and the garment needs to be styled and cut to accommodate these factors. For leisurely or commuting riders, a more relaxed fit is preferable to accommodate the more upright position you will most likely ride in. Regardless of the cut, a great jerseys should still be made from high quality fabrics with a comfortable fit when you’re on or off the bike.
- Pockets, Zips & Extras
Jerseys can come with an array of different optional extras. Standard in any quality jersey should be – 3 rear pockets and a full-length zip. Having enough room for your café money, spare tubes and nutrition is key! Zips are the unsung hero of the jersey. Hidden away is best but the garment is useless if the zip doesn’t work so it is important to use a high quality zip that is flexible, functional and durable.
Some other optional extras to consider are:
- Zipped pockets: ensures your belongings are secure
- Silicone waist band: helps keeps your jersey in place
- Reflective piping: good for riding at night
- Hidden zipper: sewn to be invisible when done up