Until recently I had owned only one cycling jersey in my entire life. If I scrunch my brow and think hard, my brain tells me I probably purchased it in 1997. For some reason I never got in to cycling jerseys. As a commuter, I began to rely on a vest to store my stuff, and I just wear a button up shirt or jacket as appropriate over the top of the vest when I ride.
The kind folks at Solo doubled the size of my jersey wardrobe by generously sending along the following jersey.
I had never heard of Solo before but their site features a pretty impressive looking line up. I can already tell that this jersey is leaps and bounds ahead of the one I purchased last century. For one it has a strip of that tacky fabric on the bottom to keep it from riding up on you.
It features the three pocket design in the back . . .
. . . and one pocket has the cool addition of a zipper!
I will spare readers an image of me wearing it, but you can see a rather serious looking gentleman sporting the same jersey by clicking here.
I have not had the opportunity to ride in the jersey yet, but the one thing the Solo site references that gets me excited is the following claim:
Constructed from Nuovotec polyester; a proprietary polyester blend created for Solo Cycle Clothing, that has superior breathability, wicking, anti-bacterial properties and is super soft against the skin.
The anti-bacterial note gets me excited because that is one of the benefits of merino wool that I very much enjoy. I have no idea what a "good" price for a jersey is, but I can tell you that I am willing to pay more for clothing that I know is going to perform well. This Solo jersey is priced at $139 and I will leave it to readers with more experience in this clothing category to comment.
Also I need a bit of help from readers out there - I have no clue what the jersey is advertising. If anyone could comment to let me know what I am a billboard for when I ride in it that would be great. When I do get a chance to ride in it I will follow up with a review post.