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Assos iJ.shaqUno Jacket

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Item # AAS0205

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Item # AAS0205

Unleash your little warrior.

For more than 10 years, Assos has been the proud sponsor of the Swiss Cycling Federation. And in this time, it's taken the responsibility of supporting the development of burgeoning young cyclists. As a result, Assos' Uno line of jackets was born. According to Assos, this line creates a "welcome, thank you" price-point that enables those cutting their teeth in the field to experience total protection and comfort. For this reason, the iJ.shaqUno Jacket received its namesake, as "shaq" is short for little warrior in Arabic. And while Assos admits that iJ.shaqUno isn't the cheapest jacket in the world, it could very well be the last one that you'll ever need.

Assos designed the iJ.shaqUno jacket to be worn with only a skinFoil body insulator underneath. And when you take into account that this piece falls into its Winter 6 ALS ClimaRange (around 41 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit), you begin to wonder how this is possible from such a thin construction. To start, it took proprietary fabrics that were designed and produced at the Assos Textile Laboratory. Secondly, it incorporated two separate fabrics for two separate purposes.

Assos calls this a "double-face construction." Against the skin, you'll find Assos' venerable RX material, which is a fleecy, bi-elastic fabric that conforms to the body in movement. Essentially, its primary purpose is one of insulation, and its secondary purpose is to efficiently wick moisture away from the skin. Needless to say, RX succeeds at both. The second layer of the construction is there to stave off winds and to act as an evaporation channel for excess moisture. Interestingly, though, these two layers are not bonded. Instead, Assos chose to attach them around the jacket. Accordingly, you're permitted far greater freedom of movement. And going even further with this concept, the two layers are different in size. Essentially, this allows the jacket to create pockets of insulation between the layers, keeping your core temperature thoroughly regulated.

Combining what Assos calls its Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) racing cut with its cycling-specific body-mapping pattern design, the iJ.shaqUno 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.shaqUno, 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.

The Assos iJ.shaqUno Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to TIR and in the colors Black Volkanga and White Panther.

Tech Specs

Material:
[next-to-body layer] Assos RX, [outer-layer] 72% polyamide, 15% polyurethane, 13% elastane
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
water-resistant
Fabric Breathability Rating:
highly breathable
Seams:
not taped
Fit:
semi-form
Hood:
no
Venting:
full-length front zipper
Season:
winter
Windproof Rating:
windproof
Pockets:
3 back
Recommended Use:
cold weather road cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime
Actual Weight:
White Panther, L: 520g

Size chart

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Geometry Chart

 

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Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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Preliminary Review (& comp to Tiburu)

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

[Updated] WOW! Very warm jacket, especially considering its light weight. Assos recommends wearing just a base layer with this one. On my first test ride tonight, I used the lightest sleeveless summer base layer I have, just to calibrate the warmth of the jacket. I was perfectly comfortable even as temps dropped to the lower 40s. If you are comparing options, the model below this is the iJTiburu.4, which is essentially a long-sleeve jersey with a thick, single layer of stretchy fabric. The Shaq, by comparison, with a warmer "6"/Winter rating, has 2 layers: a soft, stretchy inner layer that hugs the skin and a loose, thin plastic outer layer that I presume blocks wind and protects you from the elements. The outer layer is not bonded to the inner layer so it has a slightly wrinkly appearance when worn, as compared to the stretched-smooth look of the single-layer Tiburu. That slight separation is not puffy but creates an air gap as an extra insulator. I think the size runs small. I usually wear a Large in shirts and jackets but I need an XL for Assos jackets. I understand the fit is optimized for the on-the-bike position, but it's plenty comfortable when standing upright. One improvement they could have made would be to include at least one zipper pocket. None of the pockets have a zipper. Another improvement that could be made would be adding a zipper vent under the arm pits; however, I found that by cracking the jacket main zipper open a few inches seems to direct air down into the jacket to cool the armpit area.