Weight: 175 lbs
Fit: True to size
When I first felt this jersey, I was surprised at how durable it felt. You can tell as soon as you pick it up that it will protect you during some nasty weather if needed. It is also lightly fleece lined on the inside, so you can bet that it’ll keep you warm during those chillier rides. The material is high quality as is the DWR (Aqua Vento) treatment that the garment received from Giordana. You will notice when you first put it on that it pulls in the chest around the armpit areas and seems short around the belly button area when you’re standing up. This is normal. The bib is made to be worn and to be as comfortable as possible in the riding position. That being said, it’s not going to be particularly comfortable when you’re standing in your living room wearing it. On the bike though, it’s perfect, so no worries there. The zipper on this one is pretty sturdy and easy to find if you were wearing gloves. It’s not the smoothest zipper ever, so you might have a hard time moving it up and down in the middle of a ride. But it’ll definitely hold together during bad weather.
My first ride with this jersey, I completely misjudged how warm it really would be. I was used to wearing a light baselayer and summer kit with maybe a vest to get me down to 45 degree weather, so when I woke up for my morning ride, and it was in the 50s, I thought this jersey would work perfectly. Turns out it is made for colder weather than that. I wore this with the G-shield Bib Tights and quickly found that they add about 15-20 degrees of heat to my riding. I tend to run hot on my rides so I ended up overheating on the climb that I was doing that day as the temperatures got into the mid 60s during the ride. Lesson learned. This is a warm jersey.
My second ride on this jersey started at 55 degrees or so and the temperatures went in the opposite direction. I wore just the jersey with no baselayer. I really appreciated on this ride as the temperatures got into the 40s that my core stayed relatively warm the whole time. The jersey’s reflective arm band on the left side was a nice feature as I was riding in the late afternoon and a little into the night. I packed a bunch of extra gear in the back pockets for that ride and was able to take them out as needed. I fit a neck gator, gloves, arm warmers, leg warmers, toe covers, my phone, and keys in there and still didn’t feel like they were too full. When there isn’t anything in the pockets, I don’t feel like they’re baggy or anything either. The jersey covers your rear a little more than a summer jersey would, which is really nice for the wet weather.
Overall, I think this is a great winter jersey. If you combined this with the other G-shield items in the Giordana lineup, you’d have an awesome wet/windy weather kit. For colder rides where you don’t want a jacket necessarily, this will do the trick. For how it’s made, it breathes really well, albeit not as well as a summer jersey. It’s very comfortable and will allow your fall and spring riding wardrobes that little bit of versatility they were lacking.