The Cervo Rosso Corsa S3 is a close-fitting jersey for the warm weather.
Cervo Rosso certainly make some stylish clothing. Check it all out on their website. The range isn't vast but it covers pretty much everything for the performance-minded cyclist, and they have an urban range too.
The number of people who have commented on how cool the Corsa S3 looks is ridiculous. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but it's definitely a popular one. If blue isn't for you, it's available in both mint and white too (nice little rhyme, that).
The Corsa (I'm dropping the 'S3' from here on in) is made from various different fabrics. The front section and the rear pockets are a Lycra material that's very stretchy so you can get a close fit with plenty of comfort. The only downside is that it can feel clingy if you sweat so much that it gets soaked. Wearing a lightweight base layer underneath helps on that score and so, of course, does opening the front zip. It's full length so you can open it right up in hot conditions.
The rear is a lighter weight polyester that's highly breathable – it moves sweat away well and dries very, very quickly. It's super-stretchy across its width but it doesn't extend much lengthways so you can fill up the pockets without the back sagging down too far.
The sleeves are different again; they're a dimpled fabric called Sphere. They're very stretchy so you can get a close fit without any tightness whatsoever around the shoulders, and those dimples add a little extra ventilation.
The ends of the sleeves are wide elasticated bands like you'll find at the ends of the legs of many shorts these days, and lots of little silicone dots inside hold them comfortably in place against your skin. The waist is elasticated and the high neck fits closely too.
The Corsa comes in a slim, sporty cut. As I've said, everything is very stretchy so it'll fit a range of different builds without trouble – and Cervo Rosso have a good function on their website to make sure you get the right size.
The only thing I'm taking issue with is the 'it's your Ride' line at the rear. Surely it should be an upper case 'I' on the 'it's', and a lower case 'r' for 'ride'. Maybe they're being quirky.
Stylish summer jersey in a close, racy cut… style doesn't come cheap though
road.cc test report
Make and model: Cervo Rosso Corsa S3 jersey
Size tested: Medium, Blue
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Corsa S3 is part of Cervo Rosso's Performance Wear range – it's the biggest part of their collection. They give it a long write up. Here's the full version,
"The union of classic clean design with high performance technical fabrics is what makes the NEW CORSA S3 jersey our leading pedigree within the Cervo Rosso family.
"Engineered in Switzerland and made in Italy, the NEW CORSA S3 is a race cut and a tailored fit. The S3 is purposely designed to sit close to the skin with minimal fabric gathering in all areas of high movement. Maintaining our signature longer 'aero' sleeves and tight closures through the arms and collar, this jersey will deflect all potential wind drag!
"For the first time in the CR jersey line up, the CORSA S3 features the new aerodynamic dimple pattern fabric 'Sphere'. This Italian fabric is used in a number of pro peloton race jerseys to ensure greater stretch, compression and ventilation in extreme conditions. This race engineered fabric has been made available to Cervo Rosso for this limited collection.
"The CORSA S3 features 3 fabrics in total. Through our test program, this combination has been proven to further enhance the jerseys overall performance in warmer conditions. The front and rear panels maintain the use of the high performance Energy and Asteria fabrics, whilst the shoulders and arms introduce Lyca Sphere, a textured and high performance pro peloton fabric.
"Signature CR detailing include our rear tri-pocket configuration, full length zip and extra wide elasticated armbands with silicone droplets to ensure no creeping up of sleeves.
"At Cervo Rosso the challenge we place upon ourselves is to develop road wear of the highest quality, functionality and style possible. We intentionally strive to raise the bar for ourselves and every other brand in the market. The NEW CORSA S3 is a proud addition to the CR collection."
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performs well with a good, close fit that's also very comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The cut, the stretchiness and the stylish looks.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The front can be a bit clingy if you get it soaked in sweat
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Pricey, but still worth considering.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above.
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.