We don't always have the best shorts-and-jersey weather riding in the UK, so when a week like this comes along it's best to make the most of it. Despite all looking pretty much the same, short sleeve jerseys do have a lot of variance in construction with various materials, techniques and cuts making each one a little different to the next.
Here's out guide to some of the best short sleeve jerseys from Madison Clothing, Pearl iZUMi and Shimano, all of which are perfect companions to a beautiful, sunny day out on the bike.
Perfect for hot days, Pearl iZUMi’s Pro Mesh jersey was originally created for Grand Tour racers to combine aerodynamic advantage with highly breathable mesh fabric to make for the ultimate warm weather performance jersey.
The main body is PRO Transfer In-R-Cool fabric which is quick drying and highly breathable, and that’s paired to PRO Aero fabric on the elbow-length sleeves, which are designed to smooth airflow in leading edge areas and make the jersey as aerodynamic as possible.
Cut, as you’ve probably guessed, is race-fit, with no fabric left flapping in the wind anywhere and the whole jersey has a compressive feel when on. Neckline is low for comfort and fit benefits and the three rear pockets are designed to sit tight even when packed full.
The two designs cater for anyone who likes to be seen with the bright yellow option that has classic paisley design all the way through, or there’s a black cosmic for anyone who wants something a little more subtle but no less stylish.
Made from recycled materials, Pearl iZUMi’s Attack jersey is a fantastic nod to the brand’s commitment to sustainability. The jersey is 100% recycled polyester made into SELECT Transfer fabric which ends up as this stylish and understated jersey that comes in four different colourways.
It’s another classic Summer riding jersey that’s designed for long rides in warm weather and although it still has a close fit is definitely more comfort focused that the race-ready Pro Mesh jersey (above).
With a full-length zipper, three rear pockets and a silicone gripper at the hem to keep it all in place, the Attack jersey is simple, sustainable and smart.
At a lower price for 2020, the Madison RoadRace jersey offers a huge amount of performance without the top end price tag.
Using a super stretch fabric designed to wick moisture away from your skin, it’s perfect for warm Summer rides or even as a mid-layer during Autumn or Spring. Mesh sides and under-arm panels offer plenty of ventilation and the full length zipper means you can leave it open on those super hot days.
On the rear the three standard pockets are joined by a zipped security pocket that’s perfect for holding cash or keys for peace of mind and stops you worrying when going for gels or food in the normal pockets.
Perfect for training or sportive riding, the Peloton jersey takes many of the features from the higher end RoadRace jersey, but matches it with a more relaxed fit for riders who are looking for comfort rather than racing aerodynamics.
Using a similar stretch fabric with mesh panels on the sides and under the arms, you won’t be disappointed in the performance of this jersey. It has three pockets and a security pocket on the back and an elasticated silicon hem to make sure the jersey doesn’t move around even when you’re out of the saddle.
Made using a double layer structure with mesh lining on the chest, under the arms and at the back, the Evolve jersey from Shimano is a performance-oriented jersey made with the needs of the world’s top riders in mind.
It has a close fit with arms designed to sit in a natural riding position and an anatomic cut on the rest of the jersey so it feels natural when you’re on the bike.
The mesh layers are complimented by a super soft fabric that’s designed to feel as good as it looks and the flat laying three-pocket design on the back is perfectly complimented by an additional easy access pocket that’s perfect for food or gels.