Assos iJ.intermediate_s7 Jersey - Long-Sleeve - Men's $368.95
A legend is born.
When something is first launched at Assos, you know to expect something that shatters molds — even those set by Assos itself. Such is the case with the iJ.intermediate_s7. Is it a jacket, or is it a jersey? Well, it's kind of both, but Assos simply calls it "intermediate."
The list of work that went into the iJ.intermediate_s7 reads more like the demands of a lunatic fashionista than a jersey — 17 patterns, 14 components, and six different textiles. Now, we're not saying that quantities alone make the intermediate exceptional. It's Assos' technical design prowess and proprietary fabrics that bring the iJ.intermediate_s7 to fruition. Starting with the materials themselves, Assos spared no expense in placing the perfect fabric at the ideal location.
The front panel is comprised of the windproof stratagonUltra airBlock fabric. This material protects the torso from icy winds while providing ample stretch for movement. Additionally, its low volume makes it highly breathable for thermo-regulation. For the sides and rear panel, Assos used its new ASSOS Type.v X121 summer textile. Why a summer-weight material on a cold weather jersey? Easy — speed. Your sides and back are the focal points of ventilation, meaning that heat escapes at these regions. And according to Assos, this material dries 34% faster than prior iterations. So your internal temperature will remain consistent, and your skin will stay dry. The top of the arms use a lightweight, low-volume insulation fleece that conforms to your contours. Working as a cohesive unit, the materials keep you dry, protected, insulated, and unrestricted. However, this would all mean nothing without Assos' signature, precision fit.
Combining what Assos calls its Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) racing cut with its cycling-specific body-mapping pattern design, the iJ.intermediate_s7 benefits from the most thought-out design process in the business. Assos is the first to tell you that high-end materials mean nothing if the cut is bad. That's why it's spent a maddening amount of time on two points of study — how the body is shaped, and how it changes throughout the movements of cycling. Accordingly, the AEPD cut is made for the shape of cycling, not standing (just a little something to remember when you try it on). With the iJ.intermediate_s7, the cut greets the contours of your body and adds a slight compression to aid in muscle recovery and stabilization. It's worth noting that AEPD achieves this without adding a sensation of pressure. Further along these lines, the cuffs use a no-pressure closure system that Assos calls WristWrap. To achieve this gentle grip, Assos integrated them with the fabric of the sleeves instead of placing them inside the hem. Altogether, the characteristics of AEPD literally make the jersey 'click' into place for the ultimate in cycling fit.
For storage, Assos provided three ample rear pockets with a zippered center pocket. The zip pocket has also been given a membrane casing for added water-resistance. Other features of the iJ.intermediate_s7 include a windproof collar and a full-length zipper with upper-flap protection.
The Assos iJ.intermediate_s7 Jersey - Long-Sleeve - Men's is available in six sizes from Small to TIR and in the colors Black Volkanga, Blue Calypso, Red Swiss, and White Panther.
|Height||4ft 11in - 5ft 2in
(150 - 159cm)
|5ft 3in - 5ft 6in
(160 - 169cm)
|5ft 7in - 5ft 10in
(170 - 179cm)
|5ft 11in - 6ft 1in
(180 - 185cm)
|6ft 1in - 6ft 3in
(186 - 190cm)
|6ft 3in - 6ft 5in+
(191 - 195cm+)
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
What community has to say
No more cool weather, sweaty rides.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The fit is what you've come to know from Assos, i.e., feels a bit wonky until you get on the bike, then it's like magic. The cut is athletic, which, if you've been riding seriously, is a good thing. I hate loose fabric flapping in the breeze. I'm 5'8" @145 with a 38 chest and 29 waist wearing a medium. Normally, in most other brands, I wear a small. The medium would be good up to about 5'10" with chest less than 40.
Our winters in North Carolina are mild. We do a lot of riding in 40-58 degree weather. Riding a lot of upper zone 2, lower zone 3, I had had a lot of trouble being warm for the first 30 minutes of my ride, then I'd be sweating and overheated during the belly of my ride, only to be wet and shivering during my warm-down. The Assos Intermediate jersey solved this problem for me. I wear it with a long-sleeved compression tee from about 40-46 degrees, with a short-sleeved compression tee from 47-52, and with a tank top compression tee from 50-58 degrees. I'm remarkably dry when I get home, so no shivering during the last few miles of my ride. In the past I'd almost always wear a jacket on all rides below 55 degrees, but now I don't even consider one unless I'm riding in the 20's and 30's.
The garment is incredibly lightweight. The zip is outstanding (I use it to regulate if I get too hot). The neck guard is soft and comfortable. I almost always start my ride with it fully-zipped, then zip it down according to the temp/wind once I'm warm.
My only criticism is that the back pockets are a bit saggy and loose, but that may be a function of my slim waist... There is a forth zipped pocket on top of the middle pocket. It's good for car keys and a credit card, but it's not big enough for my iPhone.
All in all, this has been a paradigm shift for my late fall/winter riding. No more heavy, sweaty, loose-fitting jackets for me.