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jersey sizing(10 posts)

jersey sizingjfd141
Jul 2, 2002 6:24 PM
Is it just me or are jersey sizes slightly off? Yes, I know they're supposed to fit close to the body. I just dug up an old cannondale sleevless jersey, size large from a few years (and inches) back and the thing fits way too tight! I'm 6'1" and 170 lbs, 42 inch chest... relatively skinny build but I've always worn size large shirts...hell even mediums sometime. I need to purchase a few more jerseys (just can't hack the 90 degree weather in a t-shirt)and am wondering if extra large is the way to go? I like snug fits but I'm wondering if most jerseys are some sort of european sizings and are a little different from what I'm used to in the states? I live way out in the boondocks and have to mail order bicycle clothing.
Euro sizingfiltersweep
Jul 2, 2002 6:34 PM
I don't know about Cannondale, but I'm a very skinny 6'1" 165 lber and wear XL or XXL... usually a euro 6.
Okay, I'm having the opposite problem...JBurton
Jul 2, 2002 6:48 PM
I can't find a small that fits snugly enough in the waist/midsection area. I have a couple of Pearl Izumis and they are flapping in the wind. They fit a bit snug in the shoulders, so I can't go to an XS. Any tailored jerseys for small guys?
Try Santiniterry b
Jul 2, 2002 7:40 PM
6' 175 lbs and in the past I have worn an L in american jerseys. I bought an L by Pearl recently and it felt like I was wearing a hot air balloon. An L by Santini though looks like it has been painted on so, I'm up to an XL. Pearl's stuff seems to be getting bigger to satisfy the growing American population while the Italian producers seem to be making them to fit a trimmer shape. Check out for sizing.
Jul 2, 2002 8:59 PM
I did have my suspicions about sizing in America. And its not just cycling clothing that is the problem. If I want a dress shirt, I just about have to have one made or altered, which is sometimes more expensive. A standard shirt in "my size" is like you said, a hot air balloon; fits in the shoulders, ridiculously large in the waist. Jeans...don't even get me started on regular old blue jeans. It just seems that manufacturers are not making clothes to fit healthy people. Well, they are making clothes to fit healthy (or unhealthily skinny) teenage girls, but that is another debate entirely. Thanks for the reference to Santini.
When ordering Euro Jerseysjose_Tex_mex
Jul 2, 2002 6:45 PM
Go with the sizes as specified by Their measurements are the most accurate for the EU sizes.
re: jersey sizingtarwheel
Jul 3, 2002 4:09 AM
Here are some sizing guidelines from my own personal experience. I prefer a slightly loose fit rather than skin-tight, so keep that in mind. Performance and Pearl Izumi jerserys tend to run slightly large. I normally wear XL t-shirts, but wear a Large in these brands. Voler jerseys ( fit me just right and the sizing charts on their website are pretty accurate. I wear XL in Volers but will probably need to buy Large in the future because I've lost weight from all the cycling I've been doing. Voler also includes a postage paid envelope to return or exchange jerseys/shorts if you get the wrong size. All the European jerseys run small compared to American sizes. With Louis Garneau and Giordana, I wear one size larger than usual -- XXL or size 6 European, although the LGarneau in size XL fits me now that I have lost weight. Other European brands, like Santini, don't fit me well. If I get the correct chest size, the jerseys are too long. There is a good sizing chart (and good prices) at for European pro jerseys. In most European brands, an XXXL or size 7 is the correct size according to my chest, but they are too long. The best fit for me in most European brands seems to be size 6, or XXL. Hope this helps.
funny you mention sizing up for Louis GarneauET
Jul 3, 2002 6:08 AM
I followed the instructions in one of the catalogs to size up on a Garneau (it was a jersey with a more relaxed fit, but it still said to size up), but the XL fit more like a nightgown. Returned it for the L, and it's still a bit looser than I usually wear (but I kept it anyway). And I'm still carrying too many pounds (hey, but losing them fast!).
Eurosize guide at (nm).muncher
Jul 3, 2002 4:56 AM
no problemFrenchPress
Jul 3, 2002 8:29 AM
I've been wearing a medium jersey and shorts for years, while racing and now as a casual racer. (I'm 5' 11" and started at 140lbs now 160lbs). Pearl is a little screwy, but Pro Euro stuff (Santini, Nalin, etc) is a Med. Castelli, Voler and Garneu are all Med.

Best bet is try everything on, but if you can't just work with someone that will take things back.