Move over, Castelli. Velocio's latest Men's Ultralight Link Jersey offers excellent breathability in an incredibly comfortable, lightweight package.
Aesthetics are personal, but I appreciate the longer sleeves on this top, and I really appreciate how they stay down and in place without any annoying gripper or restrictive hem.
The super-supple polyester adapts to whatever position you're in, be you standing or crouched in the drops.
As a rider without the skinny shoulders, many jerseys either fit me well in the shoulders or around the waist. This one conforms to both.
Castelli and Rapha both have jerseys they dub 'climbers' for their lightweight, breathable fabrics. I prefer the Castelli to the Rapha for performance and price, but I prefer the Velocio better than both the former for how it feels on the bike.
Another plus (for me) is the minimal branding. There is only a tiny 'velocio' logo on the left pocket. I get that some folks want to advertise the fact they bought Rapha or Nike etc, but I appreciate Velocio's lower-key approach.
Despite weighing a mere 104g for a Medium, the jersey doesn't skimp on things like a good waist gripper or a YKK CamLock zipper, which means you can pull open the jersey when the zipper tab is up, but it stays in place when it's down.
The jersey pockets are made with the same thin, stretchy polyester as the body. On the plus side, this means it's easy to cram in a vest or food, but it also means the pockets can sag a little if loaded with heavy items.
The jersey comes in blue as well as red, as shown here on a 6ft / 183cm rider.