The Rivelo Weston is a lightweight long-sleeve jersey that's good for typical spring and autumn conditions as well as for cooler summer rides.
- Pros: Good fit, feels comfortable against the skin, nice weight for autumn/spring
- Cons: Takes a while to dry
The Weston is made from polyester/elastane fabrics, the main one having a brushed back and a super-soft feel, while the side panels and those on the sides of the back are made from a mesh that you can't quite see through. This lets in plenty of cool air.
Both are stretchy – really stretchy – so the Weston will accommodate various different body shapes, sitting next to the body with no noticeable tightness and little rippling even when you're hunkered down over the drops.
I found the sleeves to be cut long enough – and I'm pretty long limbed – with close-fitting cuffs, and the dropped tail ensures there are no gaps back there either. Elasticated silicone gripper tape helps keep it in place.
The YKK front zip locks wherever you position it and a little zip garage up top stops it scratching your neck. The zip is reversed – the plastic teeth are invisible from the outside – with a guard down the back.
You get three big pockets in the lower back, elasticated binding at the top helping to keep the contents from jumping out, with a fourth zipped and water resistant pocket that's big enough to take most phones. Mine, with dimensions of 138mm x 67mm x 7mm, fitted in fine, although without a lot of room to spare. Then you get a fifth pocket on the right hand-side that's designed for energy gels. That's not compulsory, mind; you can stow a mini pump, CO2 canisters or an emergency Snickers bar in there and they can't touch you for it.
One problem you can get with stretchy jerseys is that the back gradually sags if you fill up the pockets. I haven't found that to be the case here because the stretch is more sideways than lengthways, which is good news.
The Rivelo logo on the central pocket is reflective and it's large enough to be noticed from behind at night, and the same is true of the print on the chest, although it's in a less prominent position. There's another reflective logo on the sleeve. You could guess that Rivelo is a British brand because it's the right sleeve, where it's most likely to be seen by other traffic if you're riding on the left hand-side of the road. All the logos are still intact after several weeks of regular use, with no signs of cracking or peeling off.
I've got on well with the Weston, having used it lots on cooler summer rides (not during that heatwave we had!), usually first thing in the morning. I used it yesterday, for example, when it was dull and 15°, and I felt more comfortable than having bare arms. I could have put on arm warmers – you get about the same level of warmth – but if you're sure it's not going to warm up, a long sleeve jersey is just a bit easier.
The mesh panels let cool air in and humid air out and, of course, you have the full-length front zip to help regulate temperature. I didn't find the Weston especially quick to dry once damp, though. If it gets wet through sweat or a shower, it tends to stay that way for a while.
This jersey is a more than reasonable price for a lighter weight summer option. You can find cheaper from the likes of dhb, but £100 is pretty good considering what you get here. (It's currently reduced to £39.99.)
Overall, the Rivelo Weston is a solid option for keeping you feeling comfortable when you need just a bit more warmth than you get with a short sleeve jersey, and you can, of course, use it underneath another top if you need more warmth when the temperature drops. It's well made and comes at a good price – very good at the moment.
Very good autumn/spring jersey with some well-thought-out features
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Rivelo Weston Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Rivelo says, "A densely knitted, high stretch lightweight long sleeve jersey, with a brushed backing offering supreme softness against the skin. This jersey is designed to be worn in a wide range of conditions, from spring rides where the sun is not quite warm enough to expose your arms, to early morning summer rides when there's still a chill in the air. It can be used as part of a layering system on chillier rides, where you don't want extra bulk, or as a lightweight alternative to arm warmers offering protection from the sun. It's the perfect solution to the conundrum that is the British weather!"
That sums it up well.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Rivelo lists these features:
* Ultra soft hand feel & high stretch Polyester fabric, with brushed backing
* Light-weight, suitable for a wide range of seasons
* UPF 50+ sun protection
* Opaque mesh side panels offering added breathability
* Reflective detail at rear hem for added low-light visibility
* Four spacious back pockets including a water resistant zip pocket for keeping small essentials safe
* An extra side pocket ideal for gels
* Ergonomic panel construction gives the perfect fit whilst in the riding position
*YKK full length zip with Ri lock down puller, zip garage & guard for protection
* Dropped hem at rear with Rivelo silicone gripper
* No scratchy labels – printed care label is sewn flat
It's a slim fit that conforms to Rivelo's size guide.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
You machine wash at 30°C. It comes out smelling okay – none of that lingering sweaty smell that you can sometimes get.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performs well. It feels really good next to your skin. My only reservation is that the fabric doesn't dry particularly quickly when it gets wet.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The stretchy fabrics make for a really good fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The main fabric doesn't dry out especially quickly.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's cheaper than the Monton Pro Winso LS jersey that we recently reviewed (£115) and a similar price to the Santini Origine jersey.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes I would consider it.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
You could give this a 7 or an 8 overall. I'll go with 8 because of a few cool features like the extra pocket for gels and large reflective logos.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.