A new cycling jersey always freshens up your winter wardrobe – and if the thought of heading out in the cold fills you with dread, a nice, warm long-sleeve jersey might be all the motivation you need to get out and ride.
Look out for features such as fleecy thermal insulation, water resistance, high collars and reflective details. All of these can help keep out the cold and wet and keep you safe and seen in the darker months.
It’s also worth looking for roomier pockets, which are useful if you want to carry bulky items like a spare jacket or take your gloves off mid-ride.
Layering clothes underneath your jersey can also be a good idea, so it’s important to consider fit in a winter jersey.
On fast training rides, you won’t need to layer up as much so a more form-fitting jersey will suit you. On colder rides or commutes, you can wear a thicker base layer underneath to give you a bit more insulation. In this case it’s often worth looking for a more relaxed fit in a winter jersey to accommodate the extra bulk.
How we tested
We tested our selection on chilly mornings, in heavy rain and even during the occasional sunny spell. We’ve tested their zips and pockets (even with gloves) to see how well they function on the road. We also ran them through the washing machine to see how well they stand up to wear over time.
The best men’s winter cycling jerseys for 2021 are:
- Best overall – Rapha core: £70, Rapha.cc
- Best for serious training – Spatzwear heatr: £199.99, Spatzwear.com
- Best for looks – Pactimo alpine thermal: £114, Pactimo.co.uk
- Best for versatility – Invani reversible: £85, Invani.cc
- Best for sustainability – Universal Colours mono: £140, Universalcolours.com
- Best for slim riders – MAAP training thermal: £114.58, Maap.cc
- Best for visibility – Freewheel pearl izumi attack: £59.99, Freewheel.co.uk
- Best for racers – Kalas passion Z1: £129, Kalas.co.uk
- Best for winter layering – Castelli fondo 2: £115, Wiggle.co.uk
- Best for quality – Le Col pro aqua zero: £145, Lecol.cc
- Best for commuters – Proviz podium: £79.99, Provizsports.com