Mountain biking in the colder months isn’t always the most enjoyable experience, and having one of the best winter mountain biking jerseys on hand makes a big difference when the temperature drops.
Winter mountain bike jerseys designed specifically for winter riding are generally made from heavier materials than summer mountain bike jerseys and can be a real asset when worn alone on the busiest days. soft or combined with a base coat when the mercury drops properly.
We’ve all heard of layering, but it’s not always easy to get it right on a mountain bike – too many layers and you’ll melt on the climbs, too little and your teeth will chatter while your bike buddies are standing. to chew the fat.
Assuming you’re not dealing with torrential rain, you can even do without a waterproof MTB jacket in many situations by wearing a good winter jersey. This means you won’t have to continually add or remove a layer every 10 minutes during your ride.
Best winter MTB jerseys in 2021, reviewed by our expert testers
- Altura Esker Trail long sleeve jersey: £ 50
- Endura Singletrack Fleece Jersey: £ 60
- Fox Defend Thermo Hooded Jersey: £ 110
- Troy Lee Designs Skyline Chill: £ 80
- Rapha Trail windshield: £ 110
- Scott Trail Storm Shirt: £ 83
We’ll update this guide with international prices as soon as we have it.
Altura Esker Trail Long Sleeve Jersey
- £ 50 as tested
- Avoid the rigors of winter
- Competitive price
For a mid-range jersey, the Altura Esker is woven from incredibly technical materials and behaves accordingly. Polartec PowerGrid fabric forms a windproof chest panel, while the Esker has a durable water repellent coating for moisture.
The Esker is also well adjusted and offers a high quality feel. So much so that it is better to leave it for the colder days, otherwise you might overheat when the weather is milder.
Endura Singletrack Fleece Jersey
- £ 60 as tested
- Comfortable and well adjusted
- Warm and wicks away perspiration
Unless it’s falling or snowing, the Single-track fleece – which Endura says is made from 85% recycled material – should be insulated enough to be worn as a top layer.
Our tester praised the comfort of the jersey’s soft material and its breathability during exercise.
Fox Defend Thermo Hoodie
- £ 110 as tested
- Comfortable and adaptable
- Unusual style
Although Fox claims the Defend Thermo Hooded jersey can be worn in spring, fall and winter, our tester found it warm enough to wear on its own in cold weather. The fit is loose enough to accommodate a base layer underneath and a gilet over if it’s really cold.
Polartec Power Grid material has been proven to be windproof and breathable when you sweat on climbs.
The hood and balaclava integrated into the jersey may not be to everyone’s liking, but it does keep your head and face warm. You can lift the hood off your head to wear it as a snood.
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Chill
- £ 80 as tested
- Superbly suitable
- Perfect for a changing weather
The Troy Lee Designs Skyline Chill is an insulated jersey to roll over when a jacket isn’t warranted, but a regular top won’t do. Its versatility makes it possible to compensate for its price.
It would work best on a base coat on a cool spring day that will warm up later. The Skyline jersey is light and breathable enough that you don’t have to roast when your heart rate rises in the winter.
Rapha Trail Windscreen
- £ 100 as tested
- Premium performance and price to match
- Custom sizing
Made from a Rapha merino wool blend, the Trail Windblock jersey was warm on chilly days and wicks sweat away when the temperature rises. It even repelled the light rains.
For the price, it could do with extras, like a lens wipe and pockets. But the windproof panel on the chest helped this comfortable and lightweight top protect itself from the cold.
Scott Trail Storm
- £ 83 as tested
- Highly insulated
- Lack of breathability
The thick, comfortable fabric of the Scott Trail Storm and its fitted cut make it ideal to wear over a base layer in deep winter.
But problems arise when your temperature rises – despite its mesh panels, the Trail Storm doesn’t breathe efficiently. It could get you cooking on tough climbs, which is disappointing for a jersey that costs that much.
Also think …
These jerseys got less than four out of five stars, but are still worth considering.
Patagonia Capilene Jersey
- £ 60 as tested
- Can be worn as a top or underwear
- Dries and wicks away perspiration well
The Patagonia midweight Capilene is a comfortable jersey that fits well and is environmentally friendly. It helps maintain a constant temperature when riding hard. The back pockets, which cannot be closed, have limited use.
Madison Zenith thermal jersey
- £ 50 as tested
- Usually hot
- Bad fit
The fleece and soft fabric of the Madison Zenith Thermal jersey is comfortable to wear and insulates the body. It’s not extremely breathable, but when sweating, its relaxed fit helped to wick away heat.
It was also the fall of the jersey. When faced with a headwind, the loose neck allows cold air to pass through to cool the chest. It is still a good choice for the price.