The folks at the local bike shop claim that a cycling jersey is the last purchase most new cyclists make. Apparently, when people decide to take up cycling they usually get a helmet at the same time they buy their new bike, then a few days later come back to buy padded cycling shorts. Some time later they come back to buy cycling shoes and finally a cycling jersey. I imagine one of the reasons they wait on buying the jersey is the cost. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a quality cycling jersey. The folks at eCyclingstore.com recently sent me a eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey for review purposes—this jersey is very inexpensive, yet it performs as well are jerseys that cost three times as much.
The eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey is made of a DryMax Polyester fabric. This “waffle style” fabric is extremely lightweight and very breathable. I’ve ridden with this jersey during the most humid days we’ve had this summer and it wicks moisture away from the skin as well as any of other jerseys I own.
The front of this jersey has a full-length zipper—you can zip it all the way up when you get cold or unzip it entirely for extra ventilation. It also has an elastic waist and cuffs to keep the jersey in place. One of the best things about this jersey are the three large storage pockets on the back. Some jerseys have such shallow pockets that I am scared to put my cell phone in them for fear of it falling out. The pockets on this jersey are large enough to hold my cell phone and enough carbohydrate gels and bars for a long ride.
The eCycle Criterium Cycling Jersey is available in four different colors (White, Red, Blue, and Neon Yellow). This jersey comes in five sizes (S, M, L, XL, and XXL) and is true to advertized size. However, since not all manufacturers define sizes the same way, it is important that you consult the eCyclingstore sizing guide before placing your order. This jersey retails for $60, but it is currently on sale for only $25 (this has to be one of the best buys on cycling clothing you can find).
This jersey, along with hundreds of other styles, is available from the eCyclingstore.com Website. I spend a lot of time researching cycling products and eCyclingstore.com has the largest selection of cycling jerseys I have ever seen! They offer a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” that you won’t find at most other places (“If you are unhappy with any purchase from eCyclingstore.com, just let us know within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund, exchange, or credit your purchase.”). They also offer free shipping on orders over $50.