Leave the sleeves.
While the more traditional cyclists in the Competitive office might turn up their noses at a sleeveless jersey, those of us who just like riding our bikes can't deny the comfort of ditching the sleeves on occasion. Giordana's Lungo Sleeveless Jersey indulges this impulse, letting us cool off on particularly hot summer days or even out our tan lines when that upper arm boundary is getting a bit too sharp. Except for the obvious difference, the Lungo sleeveless is largely the same as its sleeved counterpart: a jersey built for comfortable miles in a non-race silhouette that doesn't dilute the experience of a ride with sub-par craftsmanship and materials.
Giordana has long been known for its FormaRed line, which has been joined on the luxury/racing spectrum by the EXO and NXG lines of late. The Lungo kit enjoys that same devotion to the highest quality fabrics and attention to detail, but with a more accommodating fit that priveleges everyday comfort.
Unsatisfied with fabric options when designing the Lungo, Giordana stepped away from its previous choices to chart new territory within the swim and undergarment industry. While it makes no specific information available on fabric composition, we do know that the silky, soft fabric that constitutes the Lungo represents a significant step forward for the brand for its lightness and breathability and perhaps marks an indication of what the future of cycling kit will look like. Giordana succeeded admirably in achieving a truly contoured fit for the Lungo that feels tailored around the shoulders and waist, complete with a short torso with a wide gripper in back and a slim folded seam along the front. The construction is ideal for following your body movements in the saddle and staying in place without fuss.
Three roomy rear pockets and a smooth zipper that ends at a well-shaped, comfortable collar round out the rest of the design and give it long and short-ride functionality. Most of us have experienced making some compromises in fit when buying cycling apparel, and it's frustrating and unsatisfying. With the sleeveless Lungo, Giordana adds another option to the growing list of commendably well-tailored women's kit that leave little to be desired and lets you leave the sleeves at home.
- A cycling jersey for comfort in hot weather
- Giordana's Contour Fit has more relaxed feel than race jerseys
- Soft synthetic fabric with a cotton-like feel
- Fabric protects from UV rays and resists odor
- Micro mesh on the shoulder lays flat to reduce bunching
- Full-length front zip allows for quick ventilation
- Three rear pockets stow ride essentials to keep you spinning