FFWD summer jersey review£53.00

Stylish and lightweight at a great price

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The first thing to note about FFWD's Craft-manufactured summer jersey is the price. It has all the hallmarks of a garment twice the cost, which is a rare thing indeed these days.

It's made from an extremely lightweight mesh material, which is even more airy on the upper rear. The benefit to this, as we found on a recent trip to a balmy Mallorca, is that it keeps you extremely cool in warm, muggy weather. 

The downside, as a number of our party found to their cost, is that the back panel doesn't provide 100 percent UV protection. If you're not wearing a base layer, which in all likelihood you won't be given the conditions this jersey is designed for, sun cream is a must.

The jersey is available in this FFWD-themed colour scheme only – an appealing mix of bright red, black and white. It also has a full-length zip, essential for cooling off on mountainous climbs, and a well-fitting cut.

The ffwd jersey from the rear:
The ffwd jersey from the rear:

There are pros and cons to the FFWD jersey's mesh back

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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