The MAAP Force Pro Winter LS Jersey can be worn as a mid or outer layer, offers good warmth for its weight and has great features such as a fleece lining, a useful large zipped pocket and a DWR treatment. It’s very breathable, which makes it ideal for heavy exertion, but the particularly long sleeves and high price tag won’t suit everyone.
The Force Pro Winter jersey is designed to be worn primarily as an outer layer, with MAAP giving it a recommended temperature range of around 10-20°C. In the UK it doesn’t make it very “wintery” at all, but I found it worked well in lower temperatures when combined with extra layers. During testing I found that from around 8-15°C it worked well with a thin summer basecoat, from 4-8°C with a basecoat of Thicker long sleeve winter, and underneath I used it as a mid layer under a winter jacket.
As with many winter or three-season jerseys, this one features a soft and luxurious brushed fleece lining, except for the side panels and under the arms where a thinner material has been used to promote comfort. breathability. As these areas are sheltered from direct wind chill, this doesn’t really impact the overall warmth of the jersey, but makes it well suited for harsh winter endeavors when temperature regulation is essential.
To provide extra protection against the elements, the fabric has been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. This gives it enough water resistance to repel road spray and light drizzle, although any prolonged downpour will overcome it.
Breathability and moisture wicking are good for a winter jersey – I didn’t find myself overheating or sweating excessively while wearing it, even using it as a mid-layer. As an outer layer, it also kept my temperature well regulated. The material has good wind blocking ability, but not completely draft proof, and its ability to dry quickly kept me both warm and comfortable.
As for the fit, it’s actually slightly larger than I expected. MAAP is well known for their racewear and although the jersey still has a performance fit, it leaves room for a thin layer or two underneath. If you’re a hillclimber type, consider going down in size if you’re looking for maximum aerodynamic gains and don’t plan on wearing much underneath; you can do without it thanks to the elasticity of the fabric.
The jersey has particularly long sleeves; Personally, I’m a fan of this as I have disproportionately long arms, but if your arms are a more regular length, you might find some aftermarket gear.
The length of the body seems much more regular. It’s cut slightly shorter in the front to avoid spare gear when bent over in the drops, and it’s held in place with silicone MAAP text around the elasticated hem .
The neck is lower than some winter jerseys, like the Gore Progress Thermo, so I opted for a Buff-like affair on particularly cold rides, but was grateful for the lower collar on milder rides.
For storage, you’ll find three decent sized open pockets on the back as well as a zippered pocket for valuables. The main pockets are about big enough to hold my average sized hand, which is a very technical test I know. I could fit a thin vest in them, and they’re deep enough to hold a hand pump. The pockets are made of the same slightly stretchy material as the main body of the jersey, which helps keep contents secure.
I was pleased to find that the zippered pocket is not only waterproof but also large enough to hold my phone. It is also positioned inside the shirt; I find this much better than a valuables pocket on the outside of the pockets as it keeps a heavy object (phone) close to the body and prevents it from bouncing around.
From a visibility perspective, this yellow – or sulfur as MAAP calls it – is excellent, but there’s also a black option if you’re looking for something more subtle, as well as Wasabi (green), Desert (brown) and burgundy.
It’s also good to see that MAAP has included reflective accents for increased visibility after the sun goes down. There is a reflective logo and tape on the back and some small accents on the shoulders and sleeves. I also just noticed that the logo on the inside of the garment is reflective – although I’m not sure how useful this is…
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There’s a lot to love about this jersey, but one thing that’s less appealing is the price. At £160 it’s one of the most expensive winter shirts out there, and although it’s very comfortable to wear, unlike MAAP’s very expensive bibs I’ve reviewed recently, I don’t think the jersey adds a lot of features over some cheaper (if still not cheap) ones, like the Hat Step (£129.99), Lusso’s New Long Sleeve+ Jersey (£90 ) or that Gore Progress Thermo I mentioned earlier (£89.99).
Overall the Force Pro Winter jersey is a high quality product made with excellent materials, comfort and style. The lightweight, breathable fabric makes it highly functional for three season use when paired with a summer or winter base layer, and it can easily be worn as a mid layer under a jacket or vest when conditions require it.
Luxurious, breathable and functional thermal jersey, but very expensive
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Brand and model : MAAP Force Pro Winter Long Sleeve Jersey
Tell us what the product is for
MAAP says, “Strategically positioned panels use a combination of fabrics to provide additional thermal regulation or increased warmth where it’s needed most. Coupled with our DWR coating, helping you stay dry when the weather turns unpredictable, it’s your new ultimate winter training partner. .”
It is a high quality jersey with great breathability and warmth for its weight. In the UK it’s probably more suitable for late autumn/early spring hikes rather than “winter” unless you pair it with an outer layer. And it’s very expensive.
Tell us a bit more about the technical aspects of the product?
Signature Pro Cup
100% bluesign® APPROVED fabrics
Water resistant DWR coating
Brushed fleece-lined fabric
Contoured breathable side panels
3 glued back pockets
1 waterproof zipped kangaroo pocket
Reflective print details on the back
MAIN FABRIC WEIGHT: 130g/m2 – Medium weight
MAIN FABRIC CONTENT: 37% Polyester, 51% Polyamide, 12% Elastane
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Rate product for fit:
Good length torso, very long arms, roomier around the shoulders than I expected. I’m generally a size medium and think that due to the stretchy material and the long sleeves, I could get by with a size down.
Rate product for size:
Feels roomier than MAAP’s summer jerseys with its ‘Pro’ fit, so good if you want to wear a base layer/jersey underneath, but opt for the smaller one if you’re between sizes and need it want as aerodynamic as possible.
Rate the product based on its weight:
Good warmth for its weight.
Rate the product for comfort:
The fleece lined fabric is luxurious and the fit around the neck is very comfortable even in an aggressive riding position.
Evaluate the product for its value:
There are very good jerseys for much less.
Is the product easy to maintain? How did it react to the wash?
I have worn the jersey in all weathers and washed it several times at 30 degrees and it has held up very well.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used as intended
It kept me warm and comfortable in most winter temperatures and held up well on colder days when paired with a lightweight jacket.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It’s pretty versatile; I have found uses for it ranging from freezing to around 14 degrees.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It will divide opinion, but personally I would buy this MAAP shirt over half the price because of the branding – so it would be nice if it said that somewhere on the front.
How does the price compare to similar products on the market, including those recently tested on road.cc?
It’s very expensive – double the price of some competitors that offer almost all the same features. That said, it’s not the only one – the Santini Adapt wool jersey, for example, is quite similar and costs £155.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider purchasing the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It’s a good product. He does a lot of things right but lacks that certain magic that a shirt twice as expensive as most opponents should have. It’s breathable, comfortable, and the pockets are great, but the fit won’t suit everyone, the zipper is difficult to use in gloves, and there are no reflective accents on the front.
I usually ride: Specialized revenge pro 2019 My best bike is:
I have been riding since: Under 5 years old I ride: Everyday I would classify myself as: Expert
I regularly practice the following types of riding: road racing, time trial, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, athletics, general fitness riding, mountain biking,