Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Capo Modena Long Sleeve Jersey

I've mentioned before in a post about gearing up for cold weather riding, that I have always struggled with finding the right balance. One of my main challenges had always been finding a versatile jersey or jacket to layer on top. Until recently, I would either fry with a winter-weight jacket, or freeze with a paper-thin shell.

I've been a big fan of Capo stuff for the past few years, so I decided to pick up their Modena Long Sleeve Jersey. My riding ability does not quite warrant a splurge on Italian styling, but  I was lucky enough to pick it up on sale online. I confirmed that Capo is keeping the Modena line, but will releasing some updates to color and design this spring.

The company's new Serie A line is similar to Modena. Color and design are different, but the materials (Winter Quattro fabric) and cut appear to remain the same.

The Good

The Modena and Serie A lines are Capo's entry level products, but don't take "entry level" too literally. I've ridden plenty of entry-level gear over the years and this stuff looks and feels very pro to me.

I've been out on two 25+ mile rides this winter so far and think I've got it pretty dialed in. With a base layer I was very comfortable with temps in the upper 40's. When the wind picked up a bit, I did put on a wind-front vest and felt perfect. You could probably sub a wind front base layer and achieve the same results.

The Bad

The fit was looser than I expected. I wear a Large in summer Capo gear since it is more fitted than standards cuts like Pearl Izumi (I wear a Medium in Pearl). This jersey has a larger neck and more room in the chest, which can get bunchy and make it difficult to layer over.

The Verdict

I can see this jersey playing an integral part of early spring riding for me, especially on those days where temps are not going to rise into the 50's. It is a super value, very versatile and looks great. Go for it.

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