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Fedele jersey true to claims as a between season/cool weather short sleeve jersey

Prior to getting the jersey in black, I'd bought the same on sale in white. The material was surprisingly heavy. But the company advertises this as a cool-weather short sleeve jersey. So that's how I've fit it into my cycling wardrobe. And I like it. On days in the low-to-mid fifties, I wear a short sleeve wicking base layer, then the jersey with arm warmers, and I carry a windbreaker-like layer in a pocket for descents. That setup works well. It is somewhat form fitting, but not nearly like the vacuum packed feel you get from some of the aero summer jerseys. I wear a medium in North American sizes. And as with all the Euro jerseys, I bumped up to a large with this Castelli jersey. I own other Castelli short sleeve jerseys. But this one fits my torso especially well. No explanation there. This particular cut just happens to fit my dimensions well. The sleeves have no grippers, so they're comfortable on the arms with arm warmers. But they won't be loose without. The large band of the waist gripper in back holds things in place when you load up the pockets. And the full length zipper on this Castelli jersey isn't half bad. It seems to be improved over the zippers in other Castelli jerseys I own. There's also a flap under the front zipper to help keep out drafts. And the lighter weight fleecy material feels good against the skin. The only odd thing I note is that the black jersey I recently purchased appears to be made of a slightly lighter weight material than the white one I originally purchased. I'm not sure if any inconsistency has since been worked out. I manage the difference by wearing either a heavier or lighter base layer. And when you start ditching the base layer, you know spring has sprung!