Pretend Pro Zipperless Jersey


Regular price $135.00 USD
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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.

Awarded best Gear by Outside Magazine
"Mesh in the front for breathability and solid poly-elastane on the back for sun protection makes this the perfect cycling top. It's almost 100 grams lighter than a traditional jersey and is also more formfitting. Most importantly, no zipper means no weird bulges when you're in the riding position, and a flattering silhouette even with the three pockets fully loaded." 
-Outside Gear Guide Summer 2022
 
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.


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.

Fabric

No-zip mesh for the hottest days

Made in Italy with premium Italian fabrics
Super lightweight at under 80 grams
Race-cut fit
Longer sleeves
High-tech micro mesh fabric for the hottest days
Ultra lightweight fabric at 85g/m2
Opaque back panel for added sun protection
Anti-sag back pockets
Signature grippers ensure a comfortable fit
Sustainably manufactured, Bluesign® and Oeko-Tex approved
MESH FABRIC

Care Instructions

Wash whites and dark colors separately in cold water.
Wash inside out and zipped up.
Do not tumble dry. Hang and dry instead.
Do not bleach, dry clean or iron.
Do not use softeners, washing powders and avoid big commercial detergents.
Do use enzyme-free detergents like Seventh Generation, Trader Joes or LeBlanc.

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