The days of women cyclists being forced to wear odd sized men's biking kit or having to don something that is pink or flowery are a long way behind us thankfully! The mountain bike industry as a whole now produces a range of practical and stylish jerseys for women. We've listed the best kit we've tried and tested, read on for our top rated jerseys.
So, in no particular order here's our list of the kit we think is the best we have tested. To see the full review of each jersey, just click on the picture of each to go straight to the review page.
The new women’s mountain bike clothing range from Nukeproof is full of technical pieces of riding kit that perform well, fit great and are subtly ‘cool’ without shouting the brand's name in your face. The Blackline women’s jersey is no different, a quick-drying, short-sleeved number that has become a staple for summer riding.
The ION women’s Scrub Amp long sleeved jersey is a firm favourite due to its cool looks and, soft touch material and outstanding performance whatever the weather. It’s Rachael's ‘go to’ jersey for all types of riding, perfectly comfortable and with good wicking capabilities with or without a baselayer or under a jacket. The ION Tee LS Scrub Amp Jersey doesn’t come cheap though, at £70 it’s one of the more expensive jersey’s we have reviewed. Despite that we don’t think you will be disappointed with the purchase should you spend the dollar.
The Edge jersey from Ride It Clothing is a robust mountain bike top that will keep you dry and comfortable whatever the weather. There are lots of features packaged in a well-built jersey, all for less than £40, making this jersey a winner. Both ladies and gents can get a Ride It Clothing Edge jersey direct from their website in a multitude of colours and sizes. It’s a jersey that will let you get on and just ‘ride it’ with minimal fuss and maximum performance and will likely last you a good few years of hard abuse!
Made from recycled material the Race Face Khyber jersey is a flattering women's number, hitting the proverbial nail on the head where function and form are concerned. We found the Khyber jersey to be a useful lightweight addition to any ride wardrobe, it's a super breathable jersey for Summer days as well as warmer Autumn ones. In the cold though, you'll want to couple it up with a base layer but that's ok because this hardwearing number is more than ready for winter rough and tumble as an outer layer.
There is a new style of Khyber jersey for 2018, but for now, you can still grab this 2017 version and maybe at a discounted price too!
The Andorra Drirelease Merino Jersey is designed, Spesh say, to be a versatile number made to meet the demands of every trail situation. The jersey made from Merino wool certainly does fit the bill, I've worn this jersey in comfort on every type of trail from cross country missions to gravel riding to plunging down something steep and gnarly in the rain. At £55 the Specialized jersey is approaching the upper end of the price bracket for a 3/4 length sleeve jersey but for that, you get a hardwearing jersey that feels great, looks good on and off the bike and is unnoticeable to ride in.
If you like the enduro look, then you’ll get on with the well thought out Madison Flux Enduro jersey. Fit, features and performance come together to make a very wearable jersey that works well on its own or as an extra layer, at a reasonable price considering its pretty detailed construction. It's super light and really breathable, it's a great all round piece of kit at a reasonable price of £45. Lastly, if you’re not keen on lime green then the Flux also comes in red and turquoise.
The 7 Mesh Inc. Desperado Henley women's jersey is a three quarter length sleeve, stylish number fit for biking, yoga and other gym activities alike. The use of merino wool means it doubles up well as a base layer too, making for a versatile piece of kit. It’s a versatile piece that performs well, though the distinctive styling, and price, will probably influence your decision more. It comes in this coral, a not-all-that-different lilac-pink, and black.
The Scott Trail 20 jersey is a long sleeved women’s number for temperate conditions. It’s light and soft with clean lines and some funky colourways to brighten up your riding wardrobe. Get on the bike and you’ll soon forget the Scott Trail 20 is there, it's breathable, layering up well with a good base layer, or similarly, it feels great against the skin on warmer days too. It’s easy to move about it and the sleeves are long enough, dropping to the wrists where the wider arm does tend to flap about a bit but that may be different in a smaller size jersey. The Trail 20 will look great on cross country trails as well as at a downhill race and everything in between.
We will be updating this list as we test more kit receiving a score of 4 and above - check back again for more!
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