7 of the Best Women's Winter MTB Jerseys
The temperature is plummeting, and so is the rain. The ground is muddy, the puddles are deep, and trails are covered in leaves. Yes, it’s winter again, and it’s time to crack out the winter jerseys for mountain biking.
When it comes to warmth and protection from the elements, it’s all about layering. You’ve heard it before, and it’s true - and more so for mountain biking than for, say, road cycling, because of the nature of the game.
When mountain biking, you’ll tend to be riding up hard technical climbs, which will raise your temperature and cause you to sweat. Then you’ve got the descents, where you generally won’t be pedalling, and will be travelling fast enough for the windchill to cool you right down again.
A good jersey will wick away that sweat so you keep dryer on the climbs, and don’t lose too much heat on the descents. If you tend to feel the cold, pop on a baselayer first. If it’s wet, and let’s face it when riding in the winter in the UK the chances are it will be, then a waterproof or water-resistant outer shell and waterproof shorts are a must. Some multi-tasking jerseys can do all of the above!
1. Morvelo Bici Women’s Thermo Active Longsleeve Jersey
It may be listed in the ‘road’ section of the Morvelo website, but the Thermo Active Jersey is beloved by riders of all types of bike, and mountain bikers are no exception. In fact, we took the 2013 version for a test ride last year.
Super-soft and cosy fleecy lined fabric feels amazing next to the skin, and the jersey wicks well all by itself. The panelled construction gives a comfortable close fit, with room for movement aided by the stretch in the ThermoActive Polyester fabric. A drop tail keeps you lower back warm and we’re big fans of the high collar, which is amazing at keeping out drafts. It’s finished off with 4 handy pockets at the back. Oh, and it looks pretty damn good too.
Price: RRP £85.00
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
More info: Morvelo
2. Gore Bike Wear Alp-X 2.0 Thermo Lady Jersey
Gore tend to make all their cycling kit quite fitted, and the mountain bike specific Alp-X Thermo jersey is no exception. It’s designed to be worn on its own when the weather isn’t too cold, or as the warm layer under waterproofs when the temperature plummets.
A full length zip is a great feature (particularly if you like wearing bib tights!) and the snug close-fitting collar is great for keeping the drafts out. It’s got a back pocket for storing your pump, and two side pockets which we generally find are more useful for mountain biking. You need somewhere to keep your jelly baby stash, after all!
Price: RRP £109.99
Size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
More info: Gore Bike Wear
3. dhb Chaos MTB Jersey
dhb do it again, with a great looking winter mtb jersey for an exceptional price. The Women’s Chaos Long Sleeve MTB Jersey is made from a fast wicking and stretchy polyester material, and it has a brushed lining so feels great next to the skin.
Its fitted cut is designed for the position you ride in on a mountain bike, and the antibacterial treatment will help ward off armpit pongs. Two pockets are handy additions for stowing stuff. This jersey will work as a base or mid-layer, or on it’s own when the weather warms up again. We love the purple, black and turquoise colours too.
Price: RRP £39.99
Size: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
More info: Wiggle
4. Mavic Meadow Women’s Long Sleeve Jersey
Moisture wicking polyester makes the simple but striking Mavic Meadow Long Sleeved Jersey a good option for cool days, or layered up under a waterproof jacket for cold wet days. The full length zip is handy, and the fabric is designed to be abrasion resistant so it shouldn’t tear or rub.
If you don’t like the purply pink colour, there’s a blue and white option too. [Psst there might be some on sale. Just saying.]
Price: RRP £55.00 Size: S, M, L More info: Mavic
5. Morvelo Polka Women’s MTB Cycling Jersey
Yes, this is the second Morvelo product we’ve included in the lineup, but we couldn’t resist as it’s packed full of features and looks amazing to boot.
The Polka Women’s MTB Jersey isn’t insulated, but does have long sleeves and is made of a super fast-wicking DriClim polyester, so it’s perfect for layering up. Add to this the seamless underarm panels and the long, shaped cuffs and you’ve got a jersey that makes for a comfy baselyer too.
Then come the features; a metal carabiner to keep your keys safe, glasses wipe, zipped pocket, and a headphone port and loop. This jersey will keep you riding through winter, into spring, and is great for cool summer days too. Versatile is the word.
Price: RRP £60
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
More info: Morvelo
6. SCOTT Trail MTN 50 Women’s Hoody
Here’s a jersey with a difference. Made of cosy Polartec Powerdry polyester fabric, this hoody will keep you snug as a bug in a rug while you ride. Soft on the skin, it can be worn on it’s own with a jacket, or as a base layer with another mid layer and jacket over it.
Now, the feature we really like on this is the hood; if you’ve ever felt your ears nearly burn off with cold on a winter ride, you’ll be able to imagine how lovely it’ll be to pop up the hood under your helmet and keep your head, neck and ears warm.
SCOTT kit can be tricky to get hold of however, and it’s sadly hardly ever actually in shops. There are few places online you can find it, and if your local bike shop stocks SCOTT bikes, they’ll be able to order things in for you too.
Price: RRP £139.00 (available from January) Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL More info: SCOTT Sports
7. Altura Women’s Team Longsleeve Jersey
It may not be MTB specific, but if you are looking for a versatile jersey for blasting around your local trails on, the Altura Women’s Team Longsleeve Jersey is great option. It’s also one of the few jerseys here available from UK sizes 8 to 18.
It’s fitted with a panelled construction, and a soft, brushed interior keeps things warm and cosy. The fabric wicks well, so you can use this a base layer, or pop on a merino base layer under for really cold days. The 3 pockets on the back are sizable enough to stash the essentials if you are on a short trail jaunt.
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Price: RRP £49.99
Sizes: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
More info: Evans Cycles