How cool would it be to be a professional cyclist: traveling the world, getting the best gear for free, riding your bike for a job?! But then again you'd have training camps in March with mind-numbing eight-hour training rides, you'd have to give up dessert, beer, and all the other good food groups. And, we imagine, living out of the back of your car must get old after a few years.
The Pretend Pro jersey gives you the best of both worlds: you look ProAF in form-fitting, breathable mesh fabric — and you can still down a six'er after sleeping through your training ride with zero guilt.
The only thing lighter and more breathable than a hi-tech mesh jersey is no jersey at all. The back is made with a UV-blocking, more opaque mesh to ensure your back is protected on very long hot rides. These jerseys are made to fit like a second skin, but stretch a little bit to conform to your physique.
The introduction of polyester jerseys in the early ‘80s kicked off a cycling jersey revolution. By replacing the much heavier wool jersey with a lighter synthetic fabric that was also printable the cycling jersey became more colorful and much more comfortable in one stroke. Just a couple of years later it was Greg LeMond that had the idea of making the zippers full zip to allow maximum air cooling on very hot days.
Thirty years later jerseys are still made from synthetic materials. The latest hi-tech mesh fabrics are extremely light and sweat evaporates from them almost instantly, there is little need to unzip them. So we just ditched the zipper altogether. The zipperless jersey still has side panels and three back pockets and it still protects you from UV light with a back panel that is a bit more opaque to ensure no sun damage to your skin.
A classic wool jersey is about 290 grams, an early ‘90s synthetic jersey is 170 grams. Our new zipperless mesh jersey weighs about 75 grams almost 100 grams less than a conventional polyester jersey. That’s the difference in weight between a 105 and a dura ace Shimano cassette (which costs over 200 dollars more).
The other big advantage of the zipperless jersey is that all the bunching fabric and stomach bulges are eliminated. The result is a very clean, streamlined fit - even in a cycling position. So it's less rumpled and more aero.