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does the material of your jersey matter?(6 posts)

does the material of your jersey matter?reveal
Jun 25, 2001 9:05 PM
I've seen jerseys made of wool, cotton, polyester, spandex, and all sorts of other synthetic materials. What's best for keeping you cool and comfortable? Why would anyone want to wear a wool jersey in the summer? I've seen Assos jerseys (think that's what it's called) for $100 dollars and Specialized jerseys for $30. Is there that huge of a different in the jerseys to warrent such a different in price? Thanks for any info and insight.
re: does the material of your jersey matter?STEELYeyed
Jun 25, 2001 9:45 PM
Most of the high tech synthetic fabrics that jerseys are being made from do pretty much the same thing,wick sweat off your body and dry quickly,which is about all you need,aside from fashion,I have some expensive Pearl Izumi jerseys that are not any more comfortable than discounted pro jerseys,which I also wear regularly.
Jun 26, 2001 12:37 AM
Yes the material matters. High tech fabrics, such as coolmax, wick your presperation away, and keep your body core temperature down on hot summer days. Back in the old days quality jerseys were made out of wool. Wool breathed and actually kept you cool. Long sleeve wool jerseys are still a lot of guy's favorite for winter riding, if you dress in layers. There are retro wool team jersey's available that are machine washable. The wool jersey's of old had to be hand washed in cold water, my wife shrunk an old wool jersey of mine. I still squeezed into it but eventually the moths got to it.
I'm not in to the team jersey's, I buy the solid color coolmax stuff when they are on sale. I do have an old Tommaso jersey that I wear very often. It must be 10 or 11 years old. The difference is the fit and feel, it all depends on how much you want to spend. Look for sales on quality clothing items, wash them often, and they will last for a long time. Avoid cotton at all costs, it will suck up sweat like a sponge. I do wear a cotton T shirt under my jersey at certain temperatures, but not very often. And when I finished riding I take it off as soon as I get home or you can get chilled and catch a cold.
Jerseys can get expensive and they all fit differently, depending on the manufacturer, so it's important that you try them on. Look for sales on closeouts, always buy all your cycling stuff on sale.
Good to hear...muncher
Jun 26, 2001 9:17 AM
I live by that closeout maxim - everyone says that I am just tight...
$30 vs. $100 Jerseyssidley
Jun 26, 2001 10:26 AM
I've got just a couple of jerseys one on the cheap end and another on the expensive end. The functional difference is that the pro jersey has softer material and fits a little more snug. The subjective difference is that the pro jersey looks really cool. Both wick away moisture and hold my keys and ID while I ride.

If you are gonna splurge on biking cloths, spend it on a good pair of 8 panel shorts with quality chamois.

I don't own a washing machine so I just throw my cloths in the sink every evening to soak in regular detergent while I shower and stretch.
re: does the material of your jersey matter?Jofa
Jun 26, 2001 11:52 AM
I go to S France every year, and when I'm there pick up a load of old local club jerseys in chazzers (thrift/SH shops). There are always loads of them, and they cost about a quid each. In fact I think entrepeneurs have had the same idea, as I've seen them in Covent Garden boutiques for £50+. Some will be wool, others acrylic... generally nice simple designs with big black fuzzy lettering on the back. I'm not sure about the wicking qualities, but I never notice the difference between materials in Summer anyway.