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The 2013 Milan-San Remo will be remembered for the images of riders pedaling through snow and freezing rain. What went largely unnoticed is that Craft-sponsored riders were among the more comfortable in the shivering peloton, thanks to their Elite Weather Jerseys. You might have seen a few riders smiling; these were the ones so lucky.

This jersey is more like a cross between a rain jacket and a jersey. Short sleeves, full zipper, three pockets in back with a fourth zippered pocket, a stretchy fabric, and second-skin cut all scream out jersey. The material, VentAir Wind, is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. There are mesh panels under the armpits as well.

VentAir has a high moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR), which means that, like a waterproof/breathable rain jacket, vapor will pass from the interior to the exterior of the fabric. The sleeves are just about half sleeves, protecting biceps and triceps. In keeping with a rain jacket, the full zipper is reversed. And like a rain jacket is thin enough to be stowed in a jersey pocket. This isn't a full-on rain jacket, so no sealed seams, but a piece that allows you to ride and race in the rain without feeling like your clothing is holding you back. You'll go fast comfortably because the body-hugging fit won't slow you down, because the rain won't soak through, and when water does seep through, inevitable on an epic day like Milan-San Remo, you'll be protected from the wind and your body heat will help the moisture move back to the outside of the jersey.

The Craft Men's Elite Weather Jersey comes in Black. It is finished with a 360-degree reflective print; all the graphic elements will bounce back light at cars. The zippered pocket has ports to bring your personal communication device cable inside the jersey. Sizes run from X-Small to XX-Large.

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This is Craft's version of Castelli's Gabba in terms of a jersey that works in wet conditions. It's actually somewhat different in execution, and may be better in some ways. I decided to try it instead of the Gabba because it was still available in my size and I've never had anything from Craft that wasn't great.

Sizing is *snug*. I fall right between L and XL (6'3", 190lbs, 42" chest) and went with the L because that's what I wear in a Craft base layer. I've tried on a Gabba, and the XL in that fit about the same. I think this is how it's supposed to fit. The Craft jersey is a little shorter than the Gabba, and lacks drainage holes in the bottoms of the rear pockets, neither of which is an issue for me.

The fabric it's made of is much thinner as well. Instead of being a multi-layer deal, it's just a thin, very stretchy shell that appears to have some sort of coating on the outside. It's very comfortable.

I wear it over a short sleeve base layer, mostly with arm warmers at this time of year.

I've worn it in windy and dry conditions, light sleet, and, tempting fate, in a heavy rain. As a compromise between keeping the water and wind off you without making you overheat, it's, as the title says, fantastic. After an hour in heavy downpour @50F, the only part of the thing that had any water inside was the bottoms of the sleeves, and that appeared to have been water that wicked up my arm warmers. Everywhere else was dry on the inside, including the pockets, and I was warm and well ventilated the whole time. It also was dry about 10 minutes after I took it off and hung it up. If it does get warm, opening the neck up works pretty well, but I've worn it into the upper 50s in dry weather and been fine, I'd imagine if it was raining the low 60s would still be comfortable.

The aesthetics might not be to everyone's liking, but I kind of like the wonky stripes, and there is a huge reflective Craft logo on the back that helps offset the fact that it's black.