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There aren't that many features to look for in a decent short sleeved summer jersey, but the few there are are fairly important. The Fierlan Summer Short Sleeve Jersey manages to tick all the right boxes for features, and it feels and looks great too. For a British design, crafted in Italy, it's also pretty good value.
Made from an ultra-silky soft fabric with anti-bacterial properties, and using a full-length zip, this jersey is undeniably suited to the warmer months or hard effort rides.
It comes with three rear pouch pockets, one with a zipped security pocket with sweat-resistant lining that's just about right for an iPhone, and a silicone gripper tape at the hem to keep it in place when riding.
It's only available in one colour, but it's one that most will appreciate – a beautiful shade of blue with a subtle peachy accented collar. Wear it with the High Waisted Shorts, tested here.
The shape of the jersey shows the extent of Fierlan's commitment to producing good female-specific kit, with a contoured cut that nicely straddles performance and style, without looking unflattering. It's curvy without being too much so, and there's good length in the torso. The sleeves are a flattering and comfortable length, too, if slightly on the neat fitting side for larger biceps.
Out on the bike, the fabric wicked moisture effectively and super-quickly, keeping the body a steady and comfortable temperature. The full zip gave plenty of ventilation, and the hem gripper kept everything in place, even when on the drops. There were no gaps!
It was extremely comfortable to wear. Unlike some women's jerseys, the rear pockets are a decent size too, with enough space for a rolled-up gilet.
At £60 it's not a cheap jersey, but it's far from being up there with the most expensive either, and marks good value for money for a British designed, Italian manufactured garment from an independent boutique brand.
An attractive, effective, stylish and flattering summer jersey designed in the UK exclusively for women
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Fierlan Summer Short Sleeve 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?
Fierlan says: "Specifically cut to flatter women of a wide variety of shapes and sizes. A summer jersey for warm weather riding"
Does just what it says on the tin.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from Dry-Tex polyester fabric - made of anti-bacterial fibres and optimised to move moisture faster and breathe well
Full length zip
Three rear pouch pockets
One small zipped pocket with sweat resistant lining
Silicone gripper at hem
Washable at 30
Available in sizes XS-XL
Beautifully made, well finished and using high quality fabric and materials.
Performed extremely well as a warm weather cycling jersey.
The fabric remains more odour free than usual thanks to the antibacterial properties but the soft silky fabric is prone to being savaged by velcro and can snag quiet easily.
Very comfortable both next to the skin and in terms of moisture wicking and temperature control.
Mid-priced in the grand scheme of things, but actually very good value when you consider it's a small UK based brand and uses high end fabrics from Italy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Spot on for hot weather rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Cut, colour (even without choice), fabric, performance, quality.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really. Slightly neat sleeves but a very minor personal niggle.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely
Would you recommend the product to a friend? In a heartbeat.
Use this box to explain your score
Very well-designed and well-made jersey, using high quality, high performance fabrics. Looks good and does a great job.
About the tester
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
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.