For falling leaves, falling temperatures, and falling rain.
The Race of the Falling Leaves heralds the end of the top-level European cycling season. Given that it takes place in the volatile Mediterranean fall, Il Lombardia sees a variety of conditions every year, with the last three editions of the race featuring rain to one extent or another. Capo's Lombardia DWR Jersey therefore serves two purposes: to honor the tradition of rainy days at Lake Como while simultaneously protecting you from that very element.
The jersey combines two fabrics, Element-4 Membrane and Thermo Roubaix DWR for a performance on par with any of the other anti-weather super jerseys we've had the pleasure of wearing. The Element-4 Membrane is your classic elemental shield, keeping wind and water at bay while still breathing to prevent the accumulation of moisture and water vapor against your skin. The Thermo Roubaix with DWR treatment also offers resistance to the elements, but, more importantly, introduces a layer of hollow-core fabric between you and the cold. The hollow-core yarn works like Merino wool, trapping tiny pockets of air to create an insulating layer well beyond what the fabric's extremely low loft would suggest.
The Lombardia's fit also speaks to its racing namesake. It's a race-cut jersey, made in Italy, and designed along the lines of the super kits that have been showing up in the pro peloton over the past several years. Its lines certainly aren't reminiscent of the tent-shaped rain jackets of yore, and you won't suffer from the pregnant hippo look that has defined inclement weather kit for so long. The sleeves follow the general trend in this type of jersey. They're long enough to hit just above the elbows, offering an ideal amount of coverage without warmers or ensuring that there are no gaps between warmers and jersey.
The collar is exaggerated to offer more cover to an area that is often neglected. The rear hem is not just exaggerated; it's extended to an almost comical length. You won't be laughing when you've got the only dry backside in your riding group, though, and on days when it isn't needed, it tucks under the rear elastic hem sitting just below the three rear pockets. The pockets are angled slightly at the outer edges, which goes some distance toward alleviating the issues that stem from fumbling for your phone or a gel pack while wearing medium-weight gloves. Reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
The Capo Lombardia DWR Jersey is available in five sizes ranging from Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and Yellow.