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The Nalini AHS Mortirolo Jersey is a unique high performance jersey that's very comfortable, although it has a price tag to match.
Pros: Good looking, excellent breathability, stretch in the fabric
Cons: Expensive, invisible pocket can be fiddly to find when riding
Over the years I have reviewed hundreds of jerseys, so it takes something special to really catch my eye as it take it out of the packaging. The Nalini AHS Mortirolo managed it, though.
The first thing you notice is the bold design which fades from bright red at the neck to dark blue at the waist and purple on the sleeves, with a subtle moonscape-style print underneath. On the arms and the front panel the material also has a seemingly random spider-web design standing proud of the surface. It sounds strange, but it is honestly one of the most beautiful jerseys I've seen.
The web design isn't just for aesthetics. According to Nalini the woven 3D fabric which causes these patterns is meant to ensure body support, wind protection, and aerodynamic performance. Whilst you're wearing the jersey you notice that there is an increased level of wind protection over a normal jersey, but in terms of body support and aerodynamics, I would need a lab to test that claim.
However, whilst on the bike it sits really nicely; it's a jersey that feels slightly awkward off the bike, but seems to all come together once you're in the saddle. It is very much a performance orientated top, with a close fit and elbow-length arms. Luckily the material used has a decent amount of stretch, so it will fit a number of different body shapes. At the bottom hem of the jersey there's a silicone strip which meant that I didn't have any issues with the jersey riding up, even when I was using it with empty pockets.
Ventilation on the jersey is good, with a mesh material on the back allowing heat to quickly dissipate. This is also helped by the wicking in the material which quickly moves moisture away from the body, doing so much better than most jerseys I've used in the past. This ventilation is also helped by the full length zip that runs down the front of the jersey, which means that when it gets really hot you can unzip to let more air in.
Nalini has also included some additional design features, like the 3 large pockets on the back and an additional 'invisible' pocket for valuables, which sites around 3 inches above the others. This works pretty well, but generally took me a couple of times to find with my hand. The main pockets offer enough space for all the riding essentials I needed for a summer ride. Each pocket also has a high-vis strip along the top; that, combined with the logos on the lower left back, left arm, and left chest, means that there are some useful safety elements for low-light environments.
So. We come to the RRP, which is £155. This is very steep for a jersey; to put it in perspective the most expensive Rapha jersey is £145 and the Castelli range tops out at £115. There is little doubt that this is a jersey packed with features and looks beautiful, but most people will baulk at the price.
Overall, I really enjoyed wearing this jersey - it sits perfectly when you're on the bike, looks fantastic, and keeps you nice and cool. However, the impressive elements come at an impressive price.
A very good jersey, but you will need deep pockets to justify the price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Nalini AHS Mortirolo Jersey
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
A high performance, stylish jersey for summer and warm autumn riding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Woven 3D fabric on front and sleeves ensures body support, wind protection and aerodynamic performance
Semi open structure fabric on the back for ventilation and quick drying
Low collar with cross roll fit shaped cut on the back neck
Reversed cam lock zipper at front opening
Zip cover full length
Silicone elastic-band at the waist
Sleeve's hem seamless welded
4 back pockets - 1 waterproof with invisible zip
Reflective details pantalone
Woven 3D fabric stretch polyester with UPF +50, Air Protection, microfiber warp-knit fabric stretch polyester plus semi-open fabric on back, Heat Performance
Very well made, with strong stitching used throughout and a tough material choice.
Performed really well, moving moisture quickly from my skin and maintaining breathability throughout the review period.
Good choice of material and strong stitching throughout
When you initially put it on it feels a little awkward, but once you are in the saddle all of the creases and awkward bunching disappears completely
Fit as I would expect an Italian Medium to
It wicks moisture well and has excellent breathability, so it kept me comfortable throughout short intense or long more relaxed rides
There is no getting around the fact that this is an expensive jersey, however, it is good looking, well made, and performs very well, so this is about right
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed it several times in a 30-degree wash with no issues at all
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, it wicks moisture effectively, has excellent breathability and looks great.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I really like the design, it is unique and, in my opinion, is one of the best looking jerseys out there
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The 'invisible pocket' took a little time to find when on the bike
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It is certainly expensive, coming in at £158.99 which puts it just underneath the Assos SS.CENTOJERSEY_EVO8 (£165), but above the most expensive short sleeve jerseys from Castelli (the Forza Pro at £115) and Rapha (Pro Team Aero at £145).
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
There is no getting away from the price, but for this price you get a very good jersey, so if you have deep enough pockets, you won't be disappointed.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.