Jonathan Manning compared 2016’s best high performance jerseys for cycling. On test: Bam Cycling Top

In a blind test I would swear that this was a merino wool jersey. The fabric has the same wooly softness and snugly warmth next to the skin, but it’s made from bamboo fibres, which gives it a substantial eco-lead over all the polyester-based tops in this test.

Performance-wise there’s a welcome elasticity to the fabric, which stops it from sagging like merino, and it kept its shape very well even when the three pockets (two open, one zipped), were filled. On cooler social rides it delivers welcome insulation without overheating, but at the end of high effort training rides it had absorbed more sweat than the other jerseys.

Price: £40
Rating: 8/10
bambooclothing.co.uk

Reviewed: July 2016