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Tech: What to look for when buying a cycling jersey

When it comes to buying a new cycling jersey there seems to be an over-whelming number of options regarding both the fit and design. While most people can easily identify for themselves what patterns or colours they like there is always the question as to what fit/type of cycling jersey best suits you and your riding style.

Now-a-days there are many different jersey types available but generally the two different jerseys that most triathletes and cyclists consider for their training rides are either a race fit jersey or a traditional form fitted jersey.

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In this tech feature of AsiaTRI Australian professional triathlete Sam Betten looks in detail at the pros and cons of the different types of cycling jerseys available. For this comparison we will look at two of the different types of cycling jerseys from Australian cycling and triathlon manufacturer SCODY.

Aero Fit Jersey

The SCODY A.I.R Cycling Jersey is what is known as an ‘aero race fit jersey’ and as the name suggests this is a very tight fitted garment designed to be the most aerodynamic jersey available. This jersey is similar to that which many professional cycling teams use during races such as the Tour De France.

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Typically the material on these jerseys is quite thin with special aerodynamic features such as ‘dimpled matrix fabric’ as seen on the SCODY A.I.R jersey which aid in aerodynamics. This is the jersey that I personally use for any cycling racing and time trial riding which I do in training. Simply put, if you are after maximum performance and aerodynamics then this should be your first choice of cycling jersey.

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However, there are some things to consider if you are looking at a jersey such as this. Because the jersey is designed to be like a second skin it is very important that you choose your aero jersey size correctly to suit your body shape. With the jersey being so tight there is also slightly less storage space in the rear pockets of the jersey which might be an issue for some people who like to carry their spare tubes/clothing in their back pocket.

Traditional Fit Jersey

The traditional/race fit jersey is something that most people choose a_DSC4902s their first cycling jersey. This is mostly because the majority of bike jerseys on the market are made in this type of fit as it suits the vast majority of riders. This style of jersey is all about comfort without losing too much in the way of aerodynamics. A traditional fit jersey is all about being the perfect balance between aerodynamics and thermoregulation.

If you need a jersey that can handle thousands of kilometers of training and still be perfect for fast rides then a jersey such as the SCODY Elite Technical Cycling Jersey which is a traditional fit jersey should be your choice.

These types of jerseys also feature large rear pockets that are perfect for longer rides and those times when you might need some extra storage space in your back pocket.

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The traditional fit jersey is something that I use on my training rides quite often as it really is a great balance between form and function. For many people who ride their bikes this is the type of jersey which will really give you the best value for your money.

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Final thoughts

If you are a rider who wants to up their game and demands the highest level of performance then you really cannot go past an aero cycling jersey. They really do help you to ride faster and get as aerodynamic as possible. On the contrary if you are not as concerned with being at the peak of aerodynamics and would like a little more comfort and storage then a more traditional fitted cycling jersey might be more your style.

If you would like any more information on the jerseys seen above please visit scody.com.au – As a special offer to AsiaTri.com SCODY is giving AsiaTri.com readers a 10% discount on their purchase at scody.com.au/shop when they use the code BETTEN2015 upon checkout.

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