BABICI MEN'S JERSEYS - SHORT SLEEVE
If you've picked up any cycling publication in the past three months, assuredly, the word 'Babici' has made its way into your vocabulary. Indeed, the Australian brand has hit the ground running, and rightfully so. Babici's designs and execution represents the excitement, passion, and heritage of cycling. And as the Corsa series paid tribute to Italy's most acclaimed and embellished rides, the new Mundial series pays respects to the regions that play host to cycling's most prestigious histories. One such example, and an absolute must for the lovers of Euro color, is the Mundial Giglio Rosa Jersey.
Obviously, this jersey's Pink top design screams Giro. However, like Italian design itself, the devil is in the details. Cuffing the left sleeve is a slight Italian tri-color that spells out the symbolism for anyone that, sadly, only follows the Tour. This characteristic has also been subtly placed inside the collar of the Rosa jersey. The bottom portion of the Mundial is a traditional Black color, and this is for two reasons. For one, Babici believes that true Pink is something to wear once you earn it, and secondly, the Black creates a seamless color blend with the omnipresent Black bib shorts.
For the design, Babici used a minimally seamed construction in order to reduce abrasion. The cut is defined as aero-race, yet for the typical cycling build, you'll find it conforming and comfortable. In fact, Mundial's shape through the shoulders follows the contours of the body, gracefully. This is due in part to craftsmanship, but mainly, it's derivative of Babici's story.
Australia is no stranger to the boyhood fanaticism of Italian cycling. And while Italian fabrics and style were in demand at Babici's inception, it noticed an undercurrent of desire to retain the Australian identity. So, designs in tow, Babici went to the premiere Italian fabric manufacturer, MITI -- the source of the ever popular and plagiarized SuperRoubaix, ThermoDream, and Ibisco fabrics. As their relationship blossomed, MITI's Time Out material presented itself as the obvious fabric choice for the Mundial jersey. With a warp-knit construction, the material is given a natural stretch. Within the knit, the threads follow a zig-zag pattern along the length of the jersey. This allows more surface area coverage while using less material, equating directly to an airy, lightweight construction. Time Out's open weave also accelerates moisture transfer from the skin to the quick-drying surface of the jersey. And while this fabric costs Babici an arm and a leg to produce, the comfort is worth it.
Now, you might be wondering about the Giglio Rosa jersey's functionality. While moisture management and cooling designs are great, where do you put your stuff? Well, Babici included a thoughtful rear pocket design. With three rear cargo pockets and a zippered security pocket, the Rosa has plenty of room for all of your ride essentials. And being the ever-perfectionists, you'll notice that Babici angled the outer-pockets towards the hips for easy access in the saddle. The jersey also has a subtle reflective strip under the pockets, and a full-length front zipper.
The Babici Mundial Giglio Rosa Jersey is available four sizes from Small to X-Large and in the color Pink/black.