There are typically two options for jerseys: Race and Club. While race-fit jerseys typically get lavished with the industry's latest trends—long sleeves, matte fabrics, clean cut and welded cuffs and hems—club fit kit tends to be left out. Assos is defying that business-as-usual model with its Men's SS.centoJersey_evo8, which combines all of the features of a top-tier race jersey with a fit that's a bit more accommodating around the midsection.
The implications (and enormity) of this aren't immediately clear unless you've found yourself in the situation where you wanted the high-end features but were forced to size up in order to fit into the jerseys. The trade-off is that sizing up with those jerseys makes the body fit, but it means things like the clean, cuff free arms and tidy, minimized collars become sloppy, flappy expanses. Not so with the SS.centoJersey.
It imports all of those features (we can't praise the clean finish of the arms highly enough) to a model that fits those of us who are a bit more of an Ullrich in springtime than a skeletal Contador in the third week of July. In fact, if the SS.centoJersey reminds you of the SS.campionissimo, that's no accident; the former's aesthetics, material feel, and finishing details are all largely based on the latter. There are some key differences between the two, but they're subtle and they're less about reducing quality than about achieving that aim of pro-level construction in a jersey cut for the rest of us.
Those key differences are in the material and the collar. The material features a different blend of synthetics in order to provide more stretch for bodies that are, admittedly, not in peak grand tour shape. (Yet.) This stretch peaks around the midsection, where most of us non-pros can benefit from the added give. The collar is cut lower, which brings the jersey more in line with the industry's typical take on jerseys and also frees up your throat for important things like, you know, breathing. And that's important for endurance athletics.
The pockets surface Assos' obsessive attention to detail in a way that you have to put hands on to really appreciate. First, the obvious: There are three open pockets and a fourth, zippered pocket. Most brands—even those that self-stylize as "luxury"—hit that point and call it a day, but Assos goes well beyond. The pockets are a robust material whose perforations allow ventilation, and this material is anchored to a full back panel of two-way stretch mesh that gives horizontally but not vertically. Assos is daring you to load the pockets up with bananas, CO2, spare tubes, and cobblestones pried from northern France's Napoleonic-era farm roads traversed during a sportive following the route of a spring monument. The jersey's construction prevents droop, so the weight of your granite souvenir won't send your pockets down to rest on your saddle.
- A jersey that combines a comfort fit with performance details
- High-stretch Lycra allows a more expansive mid-section fit
- Laser-cut, lie-flat sleeves sit long and flat without pinching
- Reinforced back panel eliminates pocket droop
- Zippered security pocket eliminates the risk of lost keys
- Rear elastic hem anchors fit with silicone grip print
- Reflective pocket strips up the safety factor in low-light conditions
- Assos logo zipper pulls add the final touch to an endurance jersey masterpiece
- Item #AAS007H
What do you think about this product?
March 21, 2020
Very nice, but buy the next size down
Great material, a superb hot weather garment - or on a trainer. Unfortunately the size chart suggested an XL for my 40" chest; that felt fine when I received it, but on the bike when I reach forward it bunches up massively in front. All the way from the neck down to the hem. It's too bunched up to operate the excellent zipper with one hand, all you get it a wad of fabric. The "fits slightly small" suggests that you should go to the next size up if you fall between sizes; I'd actually strongly suggest going to the next size down. The fabric is very stretchy and will form a nice skin tight layer that wicks well when sized properly. With the 2 extra inches of fabric I have it doesn't really work and needs to be unzipped to stay cool. Since I've worn it I can't return it. Edit: I accidentally checked "run small" - it RUNS BIG. But the braindead edit function doesn't let me change that.
March 21, 2020
When editing it also seems to have forgotten I'm 6'0" 168lbs male.
May 17, 2019
To tight in the chest and arms
I have purchased A-lot of Assos Jerseys and Bibs and 90% of the Time XLG fits me fine but it seems the last few years the jerseys are getting smaller in the arms and chest I know Im about 10lbs over my training weight I purchased XLG in the Cento EVO 8 and I can barely get over my Shoulder and bicep ( I have cento Evo 7 in XLG and Several other Equippe Evo 7s that fit me fine. I really like the material and Fit and Finish and Almost Exclusively Wear Assos Gear and Competitive cyclist does a great job on customer service so retuning and getting another Jersey is no big deal !!
March 25, 2019
Tight in chest, outstanding quality
Very small in the chest. I'm only 150 lbs, 5,11. 39.5 at max chest diameter. It was difficult to zip over a tee-shirt is was using as a base layer substitute so I'm returning it for a large. as for the construction- never seen anything like it. Outstanding detail, packaging, etc...I'm hoping the large fits better. I'll update the review when the large arrives.
July 26, 2017
Premium Quality, Premium Price
As a cyclist for nearly 30 years, I've worn clothing from a lot of different manufacturers, and while there is certainly some fantastic clothing out there at a fraction of the price of Assos, there is still nothing quite like Assos. They've been on the forefront of cycling apparel technology since riders started making the transition from wool shorts and jerseys to Lycra and other synthetics. The SS.Cento is positioned as Assos high-end "comfort" jersey; so it's a little more substantial than their lighter race-oriented jerseys. It also has a slightly more forgiving cut for the "more substantial" rider. Yes, Assos is spendy, but for as long as their gear lasts under regular use, it's well worth every penny spent on the purchase.
June 7, 2017
creme de la creme
Easily the best jersey I have worn. I was sad to see the Mangussta go away, but this jersey has "trumped it." I had a customer tell me that he wasn't sure if he was going to wear it riding or wear it to the club;) The Cento is a "comfortFit", but I'm 140 5'10" and it's snug. I don't feel it is too tight at all, which is the beauty of the different fabric's that are used in the front and Assos maniacal drive to continue to improve their pieces. My favorite feature is the laser cut sleeves. The grip and compression on the sleeves are nice and the length is perfect. Three standard pockets in the back with a zipper pocket on the left side. Pair this with the Blitzfeder vest and/or jacket and some Cento bibs for the perfect setup. Please reach out to me if you have any questions on this or any other Assos piece. Size Purchased, SM MEASUREMENTS: 5'10"; 140lbs Waist: 32in Chest (under your armpits, around the fullest part of the chest): 37in Neck: 13.5in Sleeve (shoulder joint to the wrist bone): 22in Bicep (relaxed - not that it matters in my case) : 10.75in Bill Sherman Customer Account Manager-Bike Office: 801-204-4545 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, 2017
Bought these to go with a pair of cento bibs. This jerseys fit is unreal! The sleeves and collar fit very snug but they do not constrict movement as one would think. After you put this on and get riding This jersey legitimately feels like a second layer Of skin