As Giordana revisited its line of cycling kit for 2016, sourcing new fabrics and making careful improvements to fit, it chose to reorganize the tiers around types of cyclists rather than along a vertical scale based on price, quality, and experience. This translated into a range of well-crafted kit tailored to specific types of riding rather than beginner, recreational, and racing kit. Like the rest of its line, the Lungo Short Sleeve Men's Jersey is created with high end materials laid-up in a slightly more relaxed fit, ideal for what Giordana is referring to as the "refined" rider. We don't all need to be logging every training ride or weekend charity ride in compressive, skin-tight race kit.
Rather than sticking to the same cycling-specific fabrics for 2016, Giordana turned to the swim and undergarment industries for a fresh take on athletic fabrics. It developed proprietary blends that resemble their non-cycling ancestors in their ability to dry quickly and wick moisture but without feeling anything like a bathing suit. The supple, soft fabric that constitutes the Lungo achieves a tailored, close fit that's slightly more forgiving than the NX-G or Forma Red Carbon lines. Giordana also takes the extra step of crafting the shoulders in a hammerhead design to reduce bunching and flapping fabric when you're stretched out in the drops.
Giordana had longer rides and weekend escapes in mind when creating the Lungo, so it graced it with the traditional three rear pockets, two additional side pockets, and a small zippered pocket on the rear for carrying all the nutrition and supplies you'll need to stay out for hours. It also didn't skimp on reflectivity; the jersey features reflective bands along the arms and on the rear to ensure you stay seen by other road users in a range of conditions. Finally, smaller details like a soft jacquard elastic waistband and a full-length zipper made to be operated with one hand work together to enhance the fit and function of this well-executed, enviable addition to the "refined" rider's wardrobe.