Review: Zimtstern Safia Women’s Short Sleeve Jersey - Total Women's Cycling

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Zimtstern Safia Women’s Short Sleeve Jersey

By Debbie Read

The Zimtstern Safia Women’s Short Sleeve Jersey is a loose fitting top with bold graphics, well suited for casual riding or wearing with body armour for the bike park or enduro racing.

As someone who is not keen on the tight fitted race style women’s tops I was particularly excited by the relaxed fit and soft lightweight feel of the Zimtstern Safia Jersey.

Although described as black, I liked the colour blocking of back and turquoise, which enabled the jersey to stand out well on the trail, without being too ‘loud’!

Whilst the jersey is relatively simple in design it does have some nice features such as comfortable flatlock seams and a raglan shoulder design. Both these elements make pairing the jersey with a rucksack (which I do) a comfortable option.

There is also a small zipped side pocket just about big enough for a key or credit card, but not much else, so if carrying treasures is your thing you may consider additional storage options like a rucksack, or shorts with pockets.

The bold Zimtstern logo on the jersey front may not be to everyone’s taste. It felt a little bold for me, but other people seemed to like its style.

The Safia Jersey has a nice long back, so no problems with bare flesh showing while riding.

The Zimtstern brand originates from Switzerland, so it felt appropriate that my first ride was while riding in the Swiss Alps with Bike Verbier – what better test ground!

Its first ride was on a very warm summer day, which involved significant climbing and technical off road descending. The jersey performed well, keeping me cool all day long, even with the dark coloured fabric and round neck.

As a size 12, I was wearing a medium sized jersey. The Zimtstern Safia is classed as ‘relaxed’ fit, with a roomier cut. I actually found it a little large and wonder whether I ought to have sized down.

Although I found the jersey comfortable and cool, it felt a little boxy, and a slightly more fitted size may have suited me better. I wore elbow pads with the jersey and had no problem with the jersey snagging at all. I could certainly have fit full body armour underneath if needed.

Verdict

The Zimtstern Safia is a comfortable relaxed short sleeved jersey with simple technical features making it ideal for big mountain days, bike parks and enduro events.

Pro

– Soft cool material.

– Relaxed fit.

– Great environmental credentials.

Con

– Bold design may not be to everyone’s taste.

– Difficult to get hold of in the UK.

Price: RRP €64.95, available from Zimtstern and F-Riders.

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