Assos iJ.suisseOlympiakos_s7 Long Sleeve Jersey $298.95
If you've been riding with Assos for a little while, you know two things to be true: 1) Assos is the proud supporter of the national Swiss cycling team and 2) The "iJ" in a title stands for intermediate jacket. However, in true Assos fashion, it set to shatter the jacket paradigm with its new iJ.suisseOlympiakos_s7 Long Sleeve Jersey. Is it a jacket, or is it a jersey? Well, it's kind of both, but Assos simply calls it "intermediate." Either way, it allows you to pay homage to Switzerland and stay warm at the same time.
The list of work that went into the iJ.suisseOlympiakos_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. After all, anyone can pour slop into a bucket and call it gumbo. It's Assos' technical design prowess and proprietary fabrics that bring the iJ.suisseOlympiakos_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 side and rear panels, 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.suisseOlympiakos_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.suisseOlympiakos_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.suisseOlympiakos_s7 include a windproof collar and a full-length zipper with upper-flap protection.
The Assos iJ.suisseOlympiakos_s7 Long Sleeve Jersey is available in one color and in seven sizes from X-Small to TIR. And if you're familiar with the language of Assos, this jersey falls into Fall 4 ALS ClimaRange. However, for the rest of us, this means that Assos recommends wearing this jersey in temperatures ranging from around 59 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
|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.