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Old 07-22-13, 08:04 AM   #1
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My fellow super soaker (sweaty) riders. Jersey question

Do you guys that wear jerseys find it to be super important to have a cycling jersey with a front zipper? Full length? Half length?

I went to Dicks sporting goods to look at their jerseys and they had one I really liked but the zipper was like 3 inches long, and I was hoping for a half length (halfway down the jersey) so I could air myself out.

Also- any difference between materials - I noticed one jersey had these miniscule holes, while another was just your typical workout type material.

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Old 07-22-13, 08:16 AM   #2
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I like the full zipper jersey, but have several just half length. The pockets in the back (easy access while riding) and sweat wicking aspects of a good jersey are what people who don't wear them are missing out on.

My jerseys all either came from organized rides, bike shops, or love2pedal. I haven't been too impressed with Dick's cycling department.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:40 AM   #3
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Full length zipper, I like a team fit so it doesn't flap in the wind.

Also, I'm very big on Castelli base layers. They wick the sweat off and make it so you don't have the jersey-sticking-to-your-back feeling.
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Old 07-22-13, 09:46 AM   #4
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full zipper on everything
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Old 07-22-13, 09:53 AM   #5
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I like the full zipper jersey, but have several just half length. The pockets in the back (easy access while riding) and sweat wicking aspects of a good jersey are what people who don't wear them are missing out on.

My jerseys all either came from organized rides, bike shops, or love2pedal. I haven't been too impressed with Dick's cycling department.
Agreed about Dick's cycling dept, but I don't mind a jersey that's not littered in advertisements (and isn't neon yellow / orange)
It seems like the bike shops only sell those types.
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Old 07-22-13, 11:47 AM   #6
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I wear Falconi jerseys with a half zipper. I've never worn a full zipper so I really can't compair. I can say, though, that as hot and humid and sweaty as it gets down here, I've never one time died from the heat while wearing one.
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Old 07-22-13, 12:23 PM   #7
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The advantage to full-zip jerseys is that you don't have to pull it over your head when undressing. Sounds trivial, but pulling a soaking wet jersey over my face after a long ride is something I prefer to avoid. Also, full-zips tend to fit a bit snugger and keep flapping to a minimum.

All that said, full-zips usually are designed to grip your waist, so they work best with bibs rather than shorts...if you don't wear bibs, looser half-zips likely will cover your crack better because they aren't as prone to riding up.
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Old 07-22-13, 01:32 PM   #8
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Fortunately I am crack free because I wear bibs.
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Old 07-22-13, 08:27 PM   #9
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full zipper on everything
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Well... except for socks. Or bib shorts. Or gloves. But, yeah: full zip on everything.

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Full zipper. I prefer tighter fitting jerseys that also have UPF/SPF 40+ and good moisture management. My current favorites are Performance Bikes Ultra and LG jerseys.
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Full Zip on account of bibs and the ability to doff/don the jersey with pockets loaded without loosing everything. I also go for the skin-tight fit = No flapping, no saggy pockets.
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Fortunately I am crack free because I wear bibs.
Not knocking bibs in any way, but if you are showing crack, you are lying to yourself about your proper size and fit for shorts and jerseys. I have three pair of well fit shorts and several jerseys and I have no problem maintaining full coverage. Even if the jersey was to ride up (which I haven't had a problem with) the waist of my shorts would be well above the rear cleavage. I'm a 5'11" clyde of average proportions in leg and torso and have found decent fits in several brands. The only time I've ever seen butt crack from decent brand cycling shorts is when you have an XL rider wearing M shorts.
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The only time I've ever seen butt crack from decent brand cycling shorts is when you have an XL rider wearing M shorts.
Gotta be aero, cant have anything flapping in the wind!!!
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Old 07-23-13, 01:59 PM   #14
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The advantage to full-zip jerseys is that you don't have to pull it over your head when undressing. Sounds trivial, but pulling a soaking wet jersey over my face after a long ride is something I prefer to avoid.
Try putting one back on after you take it off to take down your bib straps, when the ride is over.
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Old 07-23-13, 02:27 PM   #15
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Well, I have made a purchase.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

No super advertising, full zupper in front, has the mesh I like, has three rear pockets.
A little more than I would have liked to spend, but im not complaining.

I ordered one size larger than I normally would (per the comments and recommendations)
I hope it's not too loose.
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Old 07-24-13, 05:03 AM   #16
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I am deeply in love with my Voler jerseys. I also have shorts and bibs from them, but I like the bibs most.

My first Voler jersey was a sizing sample and half zip, which seemed fine...until I got a full-zip and then I never turned back.

I have the USA Cycling Development jersey and it is phenomenal. The SQ Pro fabric it uses wicks like you wouldn't believe and the fabric is very soft and comfortable. Yeah it was expensive (though I had credits from referring a friend and a coupon code), but it's the only jersey I use and it rocks. I normally ride in 85-90F humid coast Virginia weather, but even for a ride in Cali which ranged from 105-95 for 2hrs it was great.
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