Still on the lookout for winter kit? TWC writer Beth Hodge takes a look at the gear available from Sportful to keep you toasty. She had a ‘first look’ at the full range in October, but now after several months in the kit brings you a thorough long term review.
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Sportful Allure Thermal Jersey
The Sportful Allure Thermal Jersey is a handy piece of kit for any riders seasonal wardrobe. This long sleeved lightweight fleece lined jersey is cosy and comfortable whilst providing a technical piece of kit that we are used to seeing from a Sportful collection.
The Thermal Jersey is described as being for cool weather riding, of which I would agree with. This is not a jersey to be worn by itself on the coldest of winter days, but more so for a seasonally changing day with a quality base layer and perhaps a gillet to pair with. It’s thermal but breathable utilising the ThermoFlow material which is said to help the evaporation of moisture which means it should stay comfortable for longer. In a nutshell, don’t rely on it by itself for the coldest days (Sportful recommend wearing for rides on days between 10-20 degrees). The three spacious pockets provide gilet storage if the tempo increases!
It would have been great to see a zipper pocket on the jersey making it a touch more useful as a standalone piece for milder days, but you can’t argue with the quality for the price point (rrp £65).
The arm length on the Sportful Allure Thermal Jersey is good, no gaps between cuffs and gloves for maximum comfort and I’m a massive fan of the high neck close fitting collar. Such a sucker for comfort, but also giving the garment a really good fit and look. This jersey is supposed to be close fitting, so bear that in mind when choosing a size. I’m a size 8-10 and a small fits perfectly.
The Allure Thermal Jersey has a few points of reflective detailing with the Sportful logo on the middle pocket and chest, and then two reflective ‘strips’ on the pockets as well which haven’t been completely stitched into the material which keeps stitching at a minimum for further comfort.
The Allure Thermal Jersey comes in three colourways: turquoise, pink and grey.
- Good comfortable fit with a cosy feel whilst remaining technical
- Nice mid layer for mild days on the bike
- No zip pocket
See it here on the Sportful website in sizes XS – XXL for £65.