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
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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