Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9.00am
By James Huang, technical editor
Capo's Monza jersey is just the thing for hot summertime racing if you don't already have a team kit of your own.
The athletic fit is suitably snug (though less fit riders will want to go up a size), with a slightly higher waist than Capo's other jerseys, and the overall cut is perfect for hunching over the drops with minimal excess material.
The carbon- and silver-infused (meaning they resist stink) SPF 50 fabrics are ideal for sunny mid-day heat too, with exceptionally lightweight and airy perforated body and arm panels, plus open mesh sides. You can literally feel the breeze ripping right through, even on the hottest days, and if that all fails there's a full hidden front zip to help relieve the suffering of sweltering climbs.
We also like the lightly-elasticised waist that's further augmented by a strip of gripper material, and the slightly longer and wholly non-elasticised sleeves that fit closely without restricting movement. The styling is quite agreeable, too, with a design that's bold but still relatively restrained as compared to some other items we've reviewed from Capo in the past.
That being said, there's room for improvement. The collar is cut on the high side for a summer top, and while there is a full trio of pockets on the rear, they're placed relatively high on the torso and are hard to access with their straight-cut tops – especially if you have less-than-optimal shoulder flexibility. In fact, our model could barely even reach into them for the photos.
It's got a nice skintight, race-appropriate fit, with very airy fabrics, non-elasticized sleeves. The pockets are small and hard to access and collar is cut too high, but overall this jersey is blessed with good styling.
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