The Sportful BodyFit Pro 2.0 Evo Jersey is a brilliant summer jersey for racing and fast riding, at a very good price. The breathability, soft fabric, close fit and excellent cut on the arms are only slightly let down by an annoying seam.
- Pros: Soft fabric; great fit; low collar; comfy sleeves; close fit
- Cons: Slightly annoying seam on the shoulder blades; no zip pocket
So far, the 'summer' has provided us with a total split between lightweight jerseys and rain jackets. When the sun has shown itself, I've been really happy to have the BodyFit Pro 2.0 Evo jersey in the wardrobe. It's comfortable to wear on long rides, looks great and breathes very well when you're going full gas on the climbs.
It seems that Sportful has been quietly producing some brilliant cycling recently and not charging an eye-watering sum for the privilege. This, the 2.0 version of the BodyFit Pro jersey, is designed for the Sportful-sponsored Bora Hansgrohe riders when they head into the mountains in hot weather. While it's great for this, it's also a very comfortable training jersey.
The focus of the jersey is breathability and the mesh fabrics do a brilliant job of venting the heat away from your skin. The shoulder/arm panels are the best at doing this, but I can see why Sportful hasn't used this over the whole jersey. It's not the softest fabric, but it remained comfortable after several washes.
That fabric is also used on the side panels and for a small section around the front hem.
The main back and front sections are made from a much softer mesh. It's a bit see-through, so you might want to choose when and where to wear this jersey, but it does mean more excellent breathability.
As a race jersey, some consideration has been given to aerodynamics. It's not as clear-cut an aero jersey as Castelli's Aero Race 6.0, but I found that the BodyFit Pro 2.0 hugged the shoulders and arms well. There was certainly no material flapping around in the wind.
The sleeves are cut to a very nice length and the raw finish means that they sit comfortably without riding up.
I'm a big fan of the collarless neckline too; I find this design more comfortable and this is one of the best I've used. In the riding position, I can have the zip done up fully without the collar being too tight.
A dropped tail with a silicone gripper keeps the rear of the jersey low. The front could be cut just a little higher, but I do have a pretty short upper body.
At the back are the standard three rear pockets, but there's no zipped one, which I'd like for general riding.
Sizing is good. I was comfortable in this small size, though the fit is close so you might want to size up if you've not got a mountain goat physique.
If you're looking for a highly breathable summer jersey that offers an aero fit then this is a great option that costs quite a bit less than rivals.
Breathable, great fit, soft fabric at a decent price – there's a lot to love
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Pro 2.0 Evo Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
"The jersey of choice of our Pro riders for a wide range of conditions from racing in warm temperatures to fast training. Light but still with full coverage. Details enhance fit and give a clean sleek style. Fit and feel that are comfortable whatever your riding conditions are. Tested and developed by our World Tour riders."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Multiple fabric construction
Minimal stitching on collar for comfort and clean look
Full YKK Vislon front zip
Waist elastic with silicone for grip
Highly stretch Aero stretch on shoulders for perfect fit
Arm with lay flat elastic cuff with light silicone and laser cut finishing
3 rear pockets
Reflective accents and stealth rear reflective
Spot on really. Especially around the shoulders, arms and neck. Aero, but still very comfortable.
Not going to slow you down.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Standard 30 or 40 wash and then try to avoid the tumble drier. It's gone in once or twice with no issue.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For racing and fast rides in hot weather, this jersey is brilliant.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The breathability is really good, making this my go-to jersey for climbing in hot weather.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No zipper pocket, for general riding.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Beats dhb and Castelli race jerseys easily.
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 overall score
It's just a really nice jersey to wear in the heat, be that when racing or on a cafe ride. It's really comfortable, fit is great, as is the breathability from the soft fabrics. It's also competitively priced.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. Liam spends his time plodding his way through cyclocross races, very busy not winning. As an advocate for perfectly clean chains, he can be found cleaning his bike instead of training. A shop mechanic, Liam has many helpful skills, such as being able to identify 'cross tubs by the tread pattern alone. If you bump into him, he'll probably be eating.