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Jersey fitting?(8 posts)

Jersey fitting?UW Mitch
Aug 13, 2001 8:01 AM
So yesterday I bought a size XL castelli jersey...I wear an XL t-shirt, and have a cheapish XL trek jersey, so I figured it'd be about the same. When I got home from my ride, showered and tried it on (I rode to the LBS, so I was sweaty and didn't want to try it on there) I found it was a little tight fitting. Should cycling jerseys be a just about skin tight, or should they fit looser, like a regular t-shirt?

Check out....Cima Coppi
Aug 13, 2001 8:26 AM

for fit information. I tend to like my jerseys to be a bit more loose than skin tight, but not as loose as a t-shirt (that should be sufficiently vague). Ultimately, personal preference reigns again.

re: Jersey fitting?rib-eye
Aug 13, 2001 9:24 AM
Personally, I prefer my jerseys to be a comfortably loose fit, regardless whether it's for mtn or road. This seems to be atypical of usual tight fitting road jerseys. Now on top of that, Euro-sized stuff is at least 2 sizes smaller than US sizing. I too wear an XL shirt, 6'2" 200lbs with broad shoulders (well, to be honest, my right shoulder isn't really "broad" any longer after shortening it by 1"+ after breaking my collar bone last month...but that's another story). I buy Euro in XXXL, sometimes 4XL if I can find it.
some of bothHaiku d'état
Aug 13, 2001 9:44 AM
I have some performance and other generic brand-type jerseys at xl that are "club fit"; they fit like a slightly oversized t-shirt at jersey size xl, but are fine in length at waist and arms. i also have a lemond jersey and a couple mtb jerseys that fit skin tight, same size OR even larger size (xxl), and "pro fit" or "euro cut". each serves its own purpose. i wear the tighter ones on longer rides (60+) and looser ones on <20 or weekly club rides. i FEEL faster in the tighter ones, and they seem to wick sweat away and make me feel more comfortable. who knows? probably all in my noggin.
re: Jersey fitting?/Check out the sizing chart at....TC
Aug 13, 2001 10:08 AM or send them a note as to your current sizing and they will give you their recommendations. Different Euro makers will size differently too! I wear a L in US, and a XL in Italian, and a XXL in French?

re: Jersey fitting?Velocipedio
Aug 13, 2001 10:38 AM
I'm 5'8", 168 lbs -- not a LARGE guy by any means. I wear a size 40 sport coat and 32 pants... medium by any other name.

Yet, in Euro-sized jerseys (Nalini, Giordana, Catelli, etc.), I'm size 4 (large) for the snug fit, or size 5 (XL) for the more comfortable fit. I even have a size 6 (XXL)that fits me, if a bit loosely.

My conclusion is that bike wear is made small and that Euros must be tiny, scrawny folk who like their clothes tight. :-) Actually, think the rationale is that the Euro sizing is supposed to be non-gender-specific. That is, sizes 1-8 are means AND women's sizes.
To see how it SHOULD be done...MikeC
Aug 13, 2001 1:28 PM
...check out They're the "factory outlet store" for Voler, so they don't have a big selection, but their sizing matrix (bottom of the home page) is great, just like their products.
it personal preference but...non-sprinter
Aug 13, 2001 10:13 PM
jerseys wick sweat faster, if the material is snug against the skin. Ride in what feels ultimately feels comfy to you. Try a larger size. The Castelli jersey is a little snug.