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Jonathan Manning details what to look for when you’re after a high performance jersey for cycling, and compares seven options currently on the market


Fabric: The material needs to wick sweat away from your skin, stretch so you can change position without it rucking up, and ideally protect you from the sun’s UV rays.

Fit: Body-hugging clothes may not always be the most flattering, but for the sake of aerodynamics you don’t want a top that billows like a parachute. The fit differs from jersey to jersey, so it’s worth trying them on.

Pockets: Make sure the rear pockets are deep and spacious enough to securely store your tools, spares and snacks. A zipped pocket is useful for cash, cards, keys and even a phone.

Altura Peloton

“The good-sized mesh panels under the arms did help to keep me cooler during interval sessions, and all the fabrics seem to be perforated with pin pricks for better breathability.”

7/10

Full review here.

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Jersey

“For organised cyclists this jersey is a godsend, with five pockets or pouches at the back.”

8/10

Full review here.

Endura Hyperon

Endura Hyperon Jersey

“A host of small details make the hyperon a pleasure to wear.”

7/10

Full review here.

BAM cycling

BAM Cycling Top

“At the end of high effort training rides it had absorbed more sweat than the other jerseys.”

8/10

Full review here.

Stolen Goat

Stolen Goat Pro Black

“This feels like a more expensive jersey than its price tag suggests.”

9/10

Full review here.

DHB Aeron

DHB Aeron Speed Short Sleeve Jersey

“An out-and-out performance jersey.”

9/10

Full review here.

FWE

FWE LTR Short Sleeve

“The cheapest jersey on test makes a very strong case to be the best value top too.”

7/10

Full review here.