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Sportful Moire Thermal jersey review

17 Oct 2018
Verdict:

The Sportful Moire jersey is an unfussy, well-made light longsleeve layer for autumn and spring

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£90
For 
• Great fit • Comfort and warmth
Against 
• Precious little. Perhaps do with a zip pocket and some reflective detailing, because that is something Sportful does well on other garments

Autumn and spring are often described as ‘transitional’ seasons, which means from a cycling kit perspective no one really has a clue what to wear when. A rider might start a ride thinking they need full winter protective gear only to end the ride wishing they were in something closer to a light jersey and bibshorts.

So versatility is the name of the game at this time of year: a garment either needs to cope with a decent range of conditions or layer well with supplementary bits of kit. Luckily the Sportful Moire jersey does a good job at achieving both those objectives.

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Sportful has kept things pretty simple - basically, the whole garment is made from a very stretchy and breathable fleece-backed fabric. The jersey fit snugly and insulated me without ever causing me to feel clammy in conditions ranging from 6℃ chilly mornings to 16℃ pleasant afternoons.

Simplicity hasn’t barred Sportful from including some neat little features though - the collar is slightly extended and covered a good portion of my neck which I found useful to stop cold air hitting my chest, and the cuffs are made from a mesh so they sat really neatly against the gloves I wore with the jersey.

Sportful’s typically racy cut combined with the stretchy fabric meant the jersey fit closely, so it looked nice and racy worn on its own but it also paired really well with outer, more weather protective garments like Sportful’s Stelvio jacket, where it became an unnoticeable but effective mid-layer.

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It has no provisions to cope with rain so considering the changeable British climate it would be prudent to pack additional garments if there is a chance of rain on the forecast. Similarly, in my opinion, if Sportful chose to incorporate a DWR coating in future iterations of the jersey it would become a truly indispensable bit of kit.

Putting conjecture to the side though, for mild to chilly (dry) conditions this autumn and next spring the Sportful Moire jersey is a great riding option.

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