Cycling beyond July.
Though most US media outlets tend to only focus on cycling in July, the dedicated fan knows that the best racing often happens in spring—at San Remo and the northern classics—or autumn—at Worlds and Lombardy. We know Assos follows those races, too, for four reasons: the brand is itself made up of dedicated cyclists; its marquee rider, Van Avermaet, is active in all these races; and the existence of the Men's MilleIntermediateJacket_evo7. (There's also the obvious climaRange system, which covers year-round cycling in all conditions, but you'll forgive us if we'd rather dwell on racing and Belgium's latest cycling hero.)
The first two in that list are obvious, but the third warrants some explanation. It's Assos' answer to the cool-weather conundrum: What to wear during those chaotic shoulder seasons when the temperatures and weather can vary dramatically over the space of a few hours? Since the above races are famously held in mercurial conditions, the fact that Assos makes a jersey well-suited to those conditions indicates that, yes, the brand is in-tune to year round cycling.
The milleIntermediateJacket_Evo7 solves spring's riddle by actually being more of a jersey than a jacket. It features the same wind- and water-resistant Plutocrat material found on the shoulders and pockets of the heavier MilleJacket, but only in the front panel. This steps protection down a bit from the standard MilleJacket, which leads into the wind with the more robust Plutocrat Ultra and is further reinforced with added insulation throughout. Those changes bring the MilleintermediateJacket out of the depths of winter and into a recommended temperature range of 59-71.6 degrees Fahrenheit; however, in our experience, it's also effective riding in temperatures closer to 50 or even into the mid-40s, depending on your cold tolerance.
The Plutocrat front panel is breathable and maintains enough give to keep you comfortable while stretched out on the bars, but it's not as breathable or stretchy as your typical summer jersey or brushed polyester thermal kit. Assos supplements both qualities by constructing the sleeves and back panels of a more flexible, more breathable material that sacrifices some wind protection but helps prevent overheating (and the clammy discomfort that entails) when the sun peaks out from behind a bank of October clouds. The result is that your core stays protected and you enjoy more accommodation across your upper back, shoulders, and arms for tucking into the drops, reaching for a bottle, or just draping yourself across the bars. The added breathability is especially important for work/rest cycles like hill repeats or intervals. It manages internal moisture so that a few hard exertions don't leave you wallowing in a clammy chill for the rest of the ride.
Managing moisture is always important, but that's especially true when a chill in the air can turn any lingering precipitation into the clammy yuck mentioned above. To ensure that you do stay dry, Assos recommends the SS or LS.skinFoil_spring/fall_S7, though the Mille line's fit accommodates heavier layering options without drifting off course into shapeless, tent-like fit territory—this is Assos, after all.
Whatever layering choice the weather calls for, the jacket's three open pockets and zippered security pocket ensure that you'll have plenty of storage to stash ride essentials and the accessories (head bands, toe covers) that you feel you may need or find you don't need halfway through the ride. When an early-March chill does inspire you to pull out the gloves, the lie-flat cuffs help ensure a bunch-free interface, keeping the seal clean and—more importantly—stylish. Again, this is Assos, after all.
- A shoulder season jersey for chilly days in the saddle
- Weather-resistant front panel protects your core
- High-stretch, breathable sleeves and back maintain comfort
- Fit accommodates layering and comfortable café stops
- Three rear pockets hold essentials and thermal accessories
- Zippered security pocket protects personal effects
- Lie-flat cuffs integrate with gloves and eliminate bunching
- Assos continues to define the cutting edge of cycling luxury
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- Q & A
Made in the Shade
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 195lbs
This is a great addition to my cycling wardrobe. I have worn it several times. and I predict it will get a lot of use. I find that, even on relatively warm days, while riding in and out of shade, particularly down hills, my shoulders get cold. An insulated jacket is too much, but a regular riding jersey is not enough. This jersey solves the problem beautifully. I have worn it by itself in temperatures up to the mid-seventies and it keeps my shoulders warm, but it is breathable enough in the back and along the sleeves to avoid overheating. With temperatures in the low sixties, I have worn it with a base layer and it kept me warm but not hot. I no longer grimace when I approach tree shade or a downhill- I know I will be comfortable wearing this jersey.
With Assos, its all about the fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 125lbs
I bought this to use on days when the temperature is in the 55-63 range. Today I participated in a 100 km charity ride and wore this jersey/jacket in just those conditions. When you first put one of these on, you wonder who designed it. Its tight across the chest and armpits but once you get on the bike, it all becomes clear. It fits really well and is very comfortable. Its seems to have a slightly heavier summer jersey material with a windproof front on the body. My real concern was that it might be too warm when the temperature got above 60 but it was very comfortable. The day before I tested it against a long sleeve PI Elite Jersey and even though the PI Jersey was lighter, it seemed like the Assos breathed better. With Assos its all about the fit and fabric. Highly recommeded especially now with the 21% off discount on things. Assos is not an Italian brand so you don't have to worry about it being too tight. Its made well. Its cut for cycling. Its comfortable and it works. Yes its a little pricey but I find that its worth it.
Another great piece from Assos
- Fit: True to size
I'll admit, I'm biased, as all of my cycling gear is Assos. I love my ij.Intermediate but wanted to give this jersey a try as I love the understated design. I've been wearing Assos for the last 7 years and their medium fits me great, however, I always size down with their Mille cut. This was no exception. The small fits amazing. It's really snug, can fit a thin baselayer underneath, but that's about it. I will be testing the jersey on my next ride but so far, really impressed with the simplicity of the design and construction. Usual Assos quality and fit. And a shout out to Bill S. for all the help he provided. Great customer service from CC as usual.
- Fit: Runs small
We all have our favorite gear. This new piece from Assos has instantly become mine for multiple reasons. The fit of the Jacket is spot on...for me at least. I wore a summer base layer (skinfoil_summer_S7) and a jersey and a Medium fit just snug enough. Not too long and not too short on the waist. The Plutocrat Light fabric on the front of the jacket was a great surprise. I didn’t know what to expect, but impressive wind protection and breathability. On chilly descents I still would take the wind jacket, or your BlitzFeder;) Arm length was just right - my measurements are below. I typically wear a small in Assos jersey’s but I sized up to a medium.
The price is great considering the Assos quality fabrics and detail in this piece. I highly recommend adding this to the wardrobe. (Best used in: Spring/Fall and Summer Mornings)
Any questions on this piece don’t hesitate to call or write me a note.
Chest (under your armpits, around the fullest part of your chest): 37in
Sleeve (shoulder joint to the wrist bone): 22in
Bicep (relaxed - not that it matters in my case) : 10.75in
Customer Account Manager-Bike
Hi. It would be very helpful if CC could post the chest measurement for this jersey, from a M & L, in order to get the sizing right since there is a contradiction in the reviews regarding how it fits. One says size down, the other says size up.
Glen, would love to help you get the right size. Shoot me an email or give me a call anytime to discuss.
Customer Account Manager-Bike