The Assos Intermediate Evo is designed for use in temperatures between 10- 20°C, and no other garment we've tried manages to cope as well with balancing body temperature in these temperate conditions.
A good base layer is essential for cold weather riding; everyone should own at least one. The base layers from Norwegian outdoor clothing masters Helly Hansen have been some of our favourites since the dawn of biking and this, the Charger Half-Zip base, is another great garment out of their stable.
Following the same quality theme as the rest of the great Sombrio range, the Triton jersey has a great cut for wearing over armour or without and, being made from Coolmax material with mesh panels.
Gore's latest jacket is a masterpiece. Their Windstopper fabric does exactly what it's supposed to, and it shrugs off showers.
Snug ﬁt and full of technology
Cycling kit for hot weather
Lightweight summer top
Barely noticeable feel
Sweat wicking long-sleeve spring jersey
Essential summer jersey at a bargain price
Justifiably high-priced cycling top
Excellent cool-weather jersey: snug, breathable and weather-protective
Pro-level performance and a great price
A garment that could spell curtains for the fleece
One of the primary ingredients of Cannondale's Carbon clothing range is the use of carbon from organic coconuts! The compound is incorporated into the fabric to absorb odours and is reactivated during the wash cycle.
The Mack Daddy is a relaxed top for a more relaxed style of riding. That doesn't mean it's short on performance or features, though. The double-plated, lightweight fabric controls moisture management.
If Rapha did women's clothes, this is what it might look like. It's classy, wool and more than fulfils their pink quota. Better still, it's from Swobo, the San Franciscan company, that's out to reinvent cycling clothing with natural fibres.
Assos clothing is a lot more than just cycle clothing, it's almost a uniform. The style, fit and function is all about top-end performance and the Equipe looks fantastic if you've got the body to do the cut and colours justice.
DHB are relatively new on the mountain bike scene but they're already turning out great clothing at affordable prices.This is your classic short-sleeve, medium-zip cycling jersey with three back pockets. The polyester technical
If you're not the all out racey type and you want something that offers a lot of warmth and yet is breathable, then there isn't much wrong with this offering from Gore.
Pearl Izumi have been at the forefront of making top quality kit for a long time. A couple of years ago it seemed as though their range had not moved on, as if it had stagnated and there was nothing new to be had.
Okay, so the Swiss-made Assos stuff is a bit 'roadie', but get over that and you'll find a bike clothing company with a passion for detail that leaves most others standing.
It's usually the wind rather than the cold that really gets to you on a winter's ride - and going faster just makes the sting worse. This Nike jersey aims to combat that, with its thermal insulation.
The Loop has subtle looks and all the detailing we expect from the icon masters. The textured fabric has a smooth inner surface for an appreciably soft, sweat-sucking feel, and it dries fast so it's great for scorching days.
This is basically the race kit worn by DH legend Steve Peat, and it's some of the best looking around. The jersey has a few cool touches, such as small elastic cuffs, a comfy V-neck and a cut that works well with or without armour.
Wool tops are all the rage these days and this Adidas version goes for the full on retro look. The cut is classic, not too racey and slightly looser through the arms and torso, with three deep pockets in the back.
Redesigned from last year, the Curve has benefited from a feminisation of style. The shape is rather rectangular, but with contrast-stitched princess seams it has a flattering drape and is figure forgiving.
We've been impressed by Bicycle-line's offerings in the last two years and this jersey is no exception. It is fairly simple in terms of construction, yet the colourblock pattern is quite stylish.
You don't have to go down the wool route to get that retro look.
The top-end Carbon LE jersey actually uses fabric injected with organic carbon. This is made from coconut shells to provide moisture management and odour adsorption. .
We've been seriously impressed with the performance of DHB's clothing in the past and nothing changes here. The fleecy inner P Therm material sucks sweat up well and feels great against your skin.
I chose the Vapour as my only jersey for a week-long bike ride and came to appreciate the carbon-imbedded fabric for its smell-stopping power. Days of eight-hour rides, followed by being stuffed in a rucksack with other odorous kit.
The Freeride's textured polyester piqué fabric wicks well and dries fast, and heat and stink build-up is reduced by big mesh underarm vents. The loose fit and seam-free sloping raglan shoulder cut moves well over body armour.
This is perfect for cold rides. Its feminine cut means it hugs the figure brilliantly, being snug yet free-moving. The long cuffs, high collar and long back with elasticated hem allow you to stay warm and comfortable.
The Shark's thin, smooth-finish fabric is incredibly stretchy so everyone will know about your nipples and how many pies you've eaten. It's super snug and free moving though, with mesh underarm and shoulder panels boosting excellent wicking and drying speed.
The Sportive lady tank is a stretchy, form-fitting first layer. Madefrom Gore's Coolpower material, it's extremely supple and cool to thetouch, and while moisture doesn't evaporate quite as quickly as somemore porous fabrics
New Zealand has sheep to spare, so it's no surprise that the Baked Alaska is a woolly warmer. The Merino wool acts as a comfy, cosy inner face to a tougher polyester outer.
Howies NBL base layers have been responsible for much of the recent woolly renaissance. This top uses 100 per cent MAPP (Merino Advance d Performance Programme) wool, which is the finest fleece to come off a New Zealand sheep's back.
The classic, stylish retro looks of the Club jersey are much more than a homage to the past. The Club jersey is a highly technical garment and performs admirably no matter what the level of riding.
The Mack Daddy is just one of Sugoi's huge selection of quality jerseys. It has a mix of textured Terrano fabric and stretchier, softer Technifine material on the side panels, collar and chest strap for easy movement.
We're already on record as loving the Intermediate Evo, and one year and many miles later, nothing has changed. No other jersey comes close to handling the in-between chilly/warm weather of Spring and Autumn as well at the InterEvo.
Great value summer threads
Short-sleeved top + arm warmers
One for the hottest summer days
Great looking performer
Cervélo TestTeam approved
Stylish and lightweight at a great price
Function before fashion
Durable top with great features for the money
Clever attention to cut detail
Superior summer cycling top
Good wicking and panel construction
Lightweight riding fleece
Women’s summer top
Hot weather top
Immaculately constructed threads
Snug fitting riding top
Great value garment
Perfect trail jersey
Exceptional short sleeve jersey
Sleek summer top
I really liked the relaxed cut of this jersey - the Large is loose without being shapeless. Being an mtb top designed for use with a rucksack, there's just one flush, zippered pocket.
The Matrix boasts a load of features for the money. For starters, it's a great poly fabric in a technical lightweight mesh weave. The side panels and underarms are an even lighter, airier mesh.
Sizes run enormous – I fitted a Small, with room for pies to spare. Surprisingly decent lightweight fabric with reflective piping and three pockets. A real bargain for the price!
The Carbon Ion is feathery light and breezy – it's so minimal you'll have to carefully choose your undergarments. It packs a big performance punch into the porous fabric though, and features 5% of carbon fibres to fight bacteria build-up and static. For hot weather rides it's the best choice. It even outperforms most sleeveless jerseys because it wicks sweat so well and allows a cooling breeze to circulate. There are three small back pockets, a smooth full front zip and two tiny reflective logos.
Superb winter jersey that will last you years
Versatile jersey that works as a base or mid layer
Feature-packed wind and waterproof jersey lacking only an elasticated waist
Classic cut and technical peformance makes this a safe mid layer bet
A sheep- and human-technology combo garment that we just love
The LE jersey is an ideal heavy duty outer
More than a simple windstopper
Luxury Short-Sleeved Jersey
Great value hot weather road shirt
Vintage looks & modern performance
Summer weight merino top
Homage to classic German jersey all the way from New Zealand
High quality, versatile, spring to autumn top
Quality 'cross clothing
Comfortable mountain bike jersey
Warm & windproof almost-jacket
Water- and windproof top
Warmth without too much weight
Women's mid-weight top
Favourite all-round riding top
Superb cool-weather jersey at an eye-popping price
This simple but super effective top has been a frosty ride favourite for ages. The Windfoil membrane is sandwiched between a fleecy front and backed with a fast wicking inner face to keep you cosy but surprisingly dry, even when the air is icy.
Comfortable, relaxed-ﬁt jersey
Distinctive and feminine while offering good performance
Eco-friendly, comfortable, stylish and cheap
Fantastic value top of all trades
High quality technical top for the warmest weather
Technical riding T-shirt
Pricey but performance oriented outfit for trail riders
Versatile mid-weight merino top
Simple but exceptional long-sleeve jersey
Cosy wind-resistant jersey that outperforms its price
Outstanding enduro/DH top