Rapha club jersey or Lightweight Jersey?

by kupepe   January 23, 2012  

Hello,

Since I am new to cycling and the amount of cash needed to invest in gear is considerable, I am interested in getting advantage of sales perioed and buy myself a summer jersey?

Based on your experience, for temperatures 28-35 Celsious, which of the two jerseys would be best?

Does the full zipper make a significant difference?

Thank you in advance

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I rarely zip anything further down than halfway so couldn't comment on that, but I think you would find the club jersey a bit thick and warm for that sort of temperature - I would go with the lightweight one (which is also a bit more "fitted")

posted by simonkenyon [21 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:15

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full zips make you look like a pro! Cool

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:16

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28-35C. I'd put the bike away, take cover and drink cold beer...

posted by Chrisc [144 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:22

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U cannot do that in Greece ... should put the bike out 3/4 of the year ... darn country ... we got no money .. but we got this sun that just wont chill out .. EVER !!!!

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:23

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Full length zip on the lightweight, go with that, lighter weight material than the club jersey so better in the warm This jersey is so nice I use it all year round now!

posted by TheDoctor [79 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:33

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Sold out at sales.... Damnit ... No large size .. Smile

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 21:45

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Shutt VR sale. I just got a full zip white & blue summer jersey in L. Merino wool. Lovely jersey.

posted by Chrisc [144 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 22:20

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Crikey, buying Rapha when you got no money ... how does that work?? Smile

Try Torm, I love my jersey from these guys ... they make some great stuff, may be a little on the heavy side for Greek temperatures although I used mine on some blistering days in UK last Summer .. seem to remember we had one or two .. Smile

http://www.torm.cc/products.html

Hope this helps ..

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [301 posts]
24th January 2012 - 12:28

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Just to re-iterate what everyone else has said - the Merino club jersey is far too warm for Greece. You definitely need something lightweight with a long zip.

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
24th January 2012 - 13:39

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bashthebox wrote:
Just to re-iterate what everyone else has said - the Merino club jersey is far too warm for Greece. You definitely need something lightweight with a long zip.

point taken .. thank you all

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
24th January 2012 - 14:58

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I've been using the Rapha Lightweight jersey in Abu Dhabi, even in summer when the temperature is well over 40C so I would certainly recommend it.

Haven't tried Torm but I have tried Shutt. I liked the jersey but to be honest I sent it home to London and the cooler weather. It would be lovely for a UK summer jersey but I found that out here when I'm sweating bucketloads the wool soaked up a lot of moisture and it got quite heavy and saggy.

The Rapha on the other hand keeps its shape beautifully and allows the moisture to escape as much as a synthetic would.

The Shutt jersey works perfectly well wihin its design limits, but extreme heat is too much for it.

I suspect Torm would be the same but if they want to send me one I'm willing to test-ride it.

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posted by abudhabiChris [543 posts]
28th January 2012 - 17:09

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