Review - Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
Pastel blue and flame orange are my two favourite colours… the former represents the great outdoors, adventure and freedom; the latter suggests stand-out, daring and different. I was super excited to review the new Sportful WS LRR Jacket earlier this month; because it's crammed full of new tech and ideas, but it also has that distinct orange colourway. Sportful seem to have got me again with the new Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey that I am reporting on in this test; it's a great technical piece of kit, and (crucially) it's also available in that perfect pastel blue.

OK, before I get too carried away romanticising on colours, let's talk details and performance...

The Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey is a new arrival for the brand's AW16 collection, and it pushes the boundaries in terms of performance, fit and function. "A long sleeve jersey, with the wind and weather protection of a lightweight jacket".

The jersey utilises Gore's Windstopper 4 Way Light fabric on the front and sleeves, to provide wind and light rain protection. On the rear panel, Sportful have then used their own patented NoRain technology, to provide greater water resistance and spray protection. The critical thing though, is that despite the protection from the elements that both of these fabrics provide, they are also both high-stretch materials; so the jersey can have a race orientated close-fitting cut.

The protection from the Fiandre Light Wind Jersey is impressive. I have worn the top with just a short sleeved base layer underneath, in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius, and it has provided warmth and shielding. Yet, it has also remained comfortable, when the sun has come out and the temperature risen by 10 degrees. It is protective, but super breathable; this is what makes it highly versatile.

As well as making a great choice with the fabric, Sportful has also considered the finer details with the new Fiandre Light Wind Jersey… The black ribbed cuffs on the sleeves for example, fit snugly around winter gloves; they also won't discolour with use, as on jackets with full length light coloured sleeves. The high cut collar, and the full zipper wind flap, are then details that help to either protect or regulate your body temperature - further adding to the versatility. In terms of pocketing, you get three full sized rear pockets, as well as a zippered access pocket on the side - so you can reach jersey pockets that might lay beneath, if you are using the garment as a third layer. Everything seems to have been considered, to make the Sportful Light Wind Jersey as practical as possible, in a wide range of temperatures and uses.

Overall, the Fiandre Light Wind Jersey is another impressive piece of kit from Sportful. The fabric combination is the real winning attribute; providing protection and versatility. In addition to this though, the brand has provided a fit and feature set that make this a top suitable for a whole range of autumn, winter and springtime weather. Also… that colour… perfection.

View the Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey at Wiggle (Link)


Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
The pastel blue colour of the Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey is a sure favourite 

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
Gore WindStopper technology provides the 'Light Wind' protection

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
A useful zipper pocket is provided on the Sportful Light Wind Jersey

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
The hem gripper provides a secure fit

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
Whilst the Sportful NoRain badge might be suffering a bit with wear testing, the fabric continues to excel

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
Three deep rear pockets are provided for winter essentials, on the Sportful Light Wind Jersey

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
Fiandre. It deserves the label. This is a top for harsh weather conditions

Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey
A high cut collar, zip baffle, and superb fabric choice, make the Sportful Light Wind Jersey a winner


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