Functionality and fit – the essentials of cycling jerseys and bike shirts
What makes a good cycling jersey? Today, producers do not face any limitations concerning features and technologies. What is important above all is a good moisture management. Especially on long and demanding cycling tours, no matter whether on your road bike or mountain bike, it is crucial to wick perspiration away from the body and thus to maintain a pleasant and dry comfort. Polyester is very well suitable for cycling jerseys as it quickly transports perspiration and dries quickly. In addition, the synthetic fabric is extremely easy-care, durable and sturdy.
Apart from being wind shielding and breathable there are further characteristics and features which make a good road bike jersey or MTB jersey:
- An extra-long back which serves as kidney protector.
- Vents or mesh inserts for a good ventilation.
- A water resistant and dirt repellent DWR treatment (Durable Water Repellency)
- A full-length or short zip, possibly lined with a wind shield flap and featuring a chin guard. As the zip serves for ventilation during the ride camlock zips are really convenient.
- Usually a three-compartment rear pocket and possibly a small safety pocket
- A wind shielding stand-up collar.
- Reflective elements which enhance visibility and safety in low-light situations.
- Elastic (silicone) hem and cuffs which make sure the jersey stays well in place without sliding during the ride.
The right fit is another crucial criterion when choosing a cycling jersey because if the jersey restricts you or doesn’t stay well in place the most state-of-the-art technologies and the most expensive materials will be of no use. If you already know your body measurements the decision between a tight Race fit and a casual fit is foremost subject to your personal preference. Basically you distinguish between tight fitting road bike jerseys and wider MTB jerseys.
Road cyclists appreciate a tight fit with low air resistance. An elastic material is perfect which snugs your body without restricting your freedom of movement. For MTB cyclists, above all unrestricted freedom of movement is essential and sufficient space for body armour, which is why usually the fit is wider. The material is rather sturdy so it is protected from being damaged by branches or stones. In our online shop the icons “fitted“ and “relaxed“ inform you about the fit of the garment. Jerseys without icon are neither specifically tight nor wide, they are perfect training jerseys for all. Generally a cycling jersey should always feature a cycle-specific fit which means that the jersey adapts to the body and its movements when the cyclist takes on a cycling posture. Jerseys with Raglan sleeves and preshaped sleeves are very popular among cyclists.