It's easy to make a road jersey: Just tack on three pockets and a zipper to a t-shirt, and presto. It's not easy to make a good road jersey. A good jersey has to hang right in a drop position, compress but not constrict, hold plenty of gear in back without having the pockets blow out, breathe well, wick moisture, and look good. That's a tall order, which we've found out over the past few months of trying a closet full of apparel. Only a few are outstanding. Below are three of the tops we find ourselves reaching for again and again. Here's why.
Mavic Inifinity Jersey ($180)
The tech look of this French company's apparel can seem hit-and-miss, but the Infinity gets it right. The lightweight body material has felt airy even in the inferno of the last month, and the sleeve fabric, which is a sort of stretchy mesh that resembles a fine screen, squeezes gently on the arms without the clamminess of rubberized grippers. Most testers liked this sleeve material but a few found it a bit too rough. Fabrics aside, it's the details that really set the Infinity apart: the seamless semi-high collar looks and feels great, and the zipper port is well-designed so it doesn't catch. The full zip allows total venting when it's blazing. And the contrast rear pockets don't just look stylish but also have both a built-in media port and a trick little pouch on a leash so you don't inadvertantly lose your cash.
BOTTOM LINE: The perfect antidote to the hottest days.