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Finally, the British summer arrived mid July, giving me the perfect opportunity to test BTwin's 700 Women's Sleeveless Cycling Jersey. Its bright colour scheme matches the 700 Women's Padded Cycling Shorts (review here) and Bib Shorts (review to come), which I've also been testing.
Not only is it sleeveless, but the jersey is made from a particularly thin polyester with a mesh strip up the back giving it a really lightweight, cool feel. The full length zipper gives you plenty of options for an aerodynamic fit or a cool half open zip for more ventilation. Around the rear of the waist hem it features a thick silicone gripper which is one of the most effective I've tried and held the base of the jersey nicely in place.
The rear of the jersey features three large pockets along with a fourth zip pocket large enough to store a collection of keys, money and other valuables, but just too small for most modern smartphones. For longer rides, the pockets are big enough to hold plenty of snacks, a waterproof jacket and a selection of puncture repair items. The only issue I experienced was that when the pockets were well filled with heavier items their stretchy material sagged a lot and bounced around while riding.
BTwin says that the jersey is slim fit, which it is, but if you are looking for a tight race fit I'd recommend sizing down. Don't be afraid of this since the stretchy polyester allows for a little extra here and there! I found the fit very flattering and comfortable with no excess bunching of material around the shoulders.
At a price just shy of £30, it's a jersey I'd happily buy as a lightweight summer top and would consider wearing it over a thermal into the winter months purely for the pocket space it provides.
Cool, comfortable and plenty of pocket space
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road.cc test report
Make and model: BTwin 700 Women's Sleeveless Cycling Jersey
Size tested: Medium
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?
The BTwin 700 Women's Sleeveless Jersey is designed for longer rides (upwards of three hours) with lots of ventilation and pocket space. It certainly fits the bill being cool and comfortable for all lengths of riding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Sleeveless with a rear mesh panel to keep you cool.
Slim fitting with an elasticated hem and silicon gripper to hold it in place.
Features 4 large rear pockets including one secure zip pocket.
Really nice and cool to ride in on a hot day compared with a standard jersey.
If you get the right size it's a lovely slim fit.
BTwin says it is slim fit, which is true, but don't be afraid to size down, especially with the stretchy fabric.
Lovely and light, I was very impressed.
Comfortable to ride in with no irritation anywhere. If you overfill the large pockets they do become a bit saggy though.
Certainly not overpriced, but equally not a bargain. Pretty much what I would expect to pay for everything this offers.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
I was a bit worried because the material is very light and thin, but in fact it has washed well and so far I haven't found any issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really comfortable and light weight, so perfect for summer riding, and the rear pockets hold everything you need for longer rides. Does the job really well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Love the fit and the lightweight fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The pockets are made of the same lightweight fabric which is also very stretchy, so when you put too much weight in them they tend to sag.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Really enjoyed wearing this jersey and found it a flattering feminine fit. It's well ventilated and the pocket space and zip pocket are great for long rides. No major issues and it does everything that BTwin says it will.
About the tester
I usually ride: Boardman Team Carbon My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, track
Ashia is a Maths student at the University of Bath and has been riding and racing bikes for the past 6 years after a track taster session at her local velodrome had her hooked. Most weekends, she can be found out racing, be it track, road, criteriums, time trials, triathlons, or cyclocross. Whilst she is fiercely competitive and loves to race, she is still on the look out for anyone hiring a "full time cafe rider" when she graduates.