Prior to a ride, deciding what jersey to wear ranks right up there with hydration, nutrition selection, and tire pressure. The reasons for this are stacking -- light rain, uncertain skies, and barreling weather fronts in the spring and fall create uncertainty in choosing what level of insulation and water-resistance to throw on. The Santini Shade Jersey covers a wide swath of weather conditions, with unprecedented water-resistance, breathability, and comfort.
The Shade jersey is constructed from Santini’s Impulse fabric. Featuring an 80/20 blend of polyester and elastane, this material provides a firm return without restricting your freedom of movement. In terms of water-resistance, the jersey ensures this through its incorporation of AcquaZero treatment at the front, back, and over the shoulders of the jersey. And since this treatment is applied at the fiber level, it can provide up to 60 minutes of high-level water-resistance without compromising breathability. This is possible because the treatment bonds to the fibers of the knit at close to the nano level, preventing a blockage of the knit's open cells. This leaves the channels open for both breathing and moisture evacuation.
Furthering this concept of breathability, Santini placed mesh inserts over the sides, extending well into the underarm portion of the jersey. You might be asking yourself why Santini would do this on a water-resistant jersey, but the placement is quite logical. Essentially, this area is a natural evacuation point for excess core temperature. So, internal thermo-regulation remains cool and consistent when you surpass zone two. In addition to this, the AcquaZero treatment also adds durability to the jersey's fabric, providing resistance to UV rays, the deleterious effects of repeated washings, and even chlorine -- should you find yourself wearing it in a pool for some reason.
Santini cut the Shade jersey to a traditional Italian race-fit. And securing this are lay-flat, elastic arm cuffs and an elastic microfiber at the bottom hem. As a result, the jersey experiences an effective barrier against sneaky drafts and moisture while enhancing the overall comfort. The full-length zipper creates a close-fitting, next-to-skin closure at the neck when fully zipped, and the incorporated Lycra of the collar enhances the neck's fluid range of motion. For storage of your gloves, warmers, or nutrition, Santini include three ample rear pockets. However, these have also been constructed from the same Lycra found at the collar in order to make them lay flat when not in use.
The Santini Shade Jersey is available in seven sizes from X-Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black and White. Please note that Santini estimates a useful temperature range of about 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit for this jersey.