Basque brand Exteondo know a thing or two about creating jerseys thanks to sponsoring the likes of pro teams KAS, Banesto and ONCE over the years plus providing the classification jerseys for the Tour of the Basque country. Their range is a mixture of mid to top end kit utilizing fabrics designed in house.
The Gizon jersey is aimed at riders looking for a well cut lightweight jersey without the body hugging style of a full race jersey. The fit is still close though making it perfect for sportives, club runs and any other spirited rides where you don't want fabric flapping around in the wind.
The material is Exteondo's Superdry, a lightweight fabric that is actually quite see through when you hold it up to the light. Don't panic, when its on, your modesty is kept intact. Its very soft against the skin to and even the elasticated arms and waist is unrestrictive while keeping the jersey in position. The collar sits reasonably high and the snug fit stops any drafts blowing down your neck.
In use the Gizon dries quickly and is good at transferring heat away from your body which is obviously a bonus for a summer jersey. Other attributes are a full zip and three deep pockets at the rear which comfortably hold plenty of kit. I loaded them up with inner tube, tyre levers, CO2 inflator and canister, phone, keys, multitool and my Bryton 50 with no feeling of the jersey sagging or bouncing about as you ride.
In terms of quality and performance the Spanish made garment is top notch. The stitching and finishing touches are neat and tidy and I can't see longevity being an issue. The Gizon has been through the washing machine a fair few times and there are no signs of bobbling or colour fade.
As is the fashion at the moment the Gizon follows the retro style of minimal colours rather than garish logos. The black/red option we've got here looks classy but if you fancy something a little bit brighter there is also a white/black, red/black or a blue/white version available if you've got a theme going on.
Price wise £70 isn't stupid money for a good quality jersey and the Gizon is definitely worth it with regards to the finish and performance. No need to go up or down a size either, if you usually wear a medium a medium will fit.
Overall the Gizon jersey feels good quality with a good fit and styling to match. The performance is pretty spot on for a 70 quid jersey and while the material may be thin and breathable pair it with a baselayer and its easily useable three seasons out of the four. The ability of the pockets to hold their shape even when fully loaded is a great is impressive especially if you are out for the day and need to carry plenty of energy boosters. This is no Sunday best piece of kit either as you can wear it day in, day out without fear of it losing shape or falling to bits.
Good quality, decent fitting jersey that'll stand up to daily wear and tear
road.cc test report
Make and model: Etxeondo Gizon Short Sleeve jersey
Size tested: Black, Medium
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 Gizon is aimed at the club rider or sportivist, its a performance jersey without the full skin tight fit of a race jersey
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
the Superdry fabric is a lighthweight material that has impressive wicking qualities. While it is quite a thin jersey it still manages to remain warm in chillier conditions.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Gizon is a great jersey for training and long rides with good load carrying pockets and full zip for ventilation. Its breathable and quick drying to.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Classy looks and the wicking properties of the fabric.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
nothing really to dislike
Did you enjoy using the product? yes
Would you consider buying the product? yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
About the tester
Age: 34 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.