This is a classic partial zip design, with a gripper tape at the hem but not the sleeves, and three elasticated pouch pockets at the rear.
The fabric is a lightweight polyester/elastane mix with tiny perforations throughout and a more mesh-like effect under the arms and down the sides. It's available in a couple of different colours – though not this pink any more (or not at the moment anyway) – and no contrasting shoulder panel on the petrol blue option. I think it's fairly attractive and shouldn't cause any offence to anyone.
The fabric kept me feeling good and comfortable, without too much moisture build-up, but I'd have liked the front zip to be longer really. While billed as a half zip, it's not even that long, giving little in the way of real ventilation.
A good-looking jersey offering reliable performance at a low price; a few tweaks and it could have been outstanding value
Make and model: BTwin 500 Women's Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
BTwin says: "Designed for female riders expecting to be out for up to 2 hours"
Performs well enough for a decent two-hour ride.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
82% polyester/18% elastane
Mesh panels underarm and on sides
Three rear pouch pockets
Hem gripper tape
Washable at 30
Available in sizes XS-XL
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Not badly finished at all and fabrics feel nice, if not exactly sumptuous.
Rate the product for performance:
Performed well, but fabric felt a little sticky when working harder.
Rate the product for durability:
All OK so far - very washable and not fragile.
Rate the product for fit:
Fit was a good shape and with decent length in the body for a variety of shapes and heights.
Rate the product for sizing:
Sizing was as stated, with a medium being roughly equivalent to a UK12.
Rate the product for weight:
Rate the product for comfort:
Fabric was comfortable next to the skin, but could have done with a slightly longer zip for ventilation.
Rate the product for value:
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed very well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well as a straightforward, cost-effective cycling jersey.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Price, fabric, style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Short zip, lack of zipped security pocket.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Certainly one on a budget.
Use this box to explain your score
This is a cost-effective jersey offering good levels of comfort and performance for the price; if the front zip was longer and it had a zipped pocket, it would be truly outstanding value for money.
Age: 43 Height: 1.65m Weight: 73kg
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
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