Giordana EXO System Jersey - $249.95

With Giordana's new EXO System Jersey, it pursued the Holy Grail of cycling jerseys -- the balanced combination of comfort, support, and aerodynamics. Not surprisingly, Giordana nailed it on the first try. With five fabrics, three of them brand new, and a cut that both supports the muscles and provides an aerodynamic profile, the EXO System is breaking down the boundaries of what was previously thought possible with 'just' a cycling jersey. It's no secret that Giordana recommends wearing the EXO system as a 'system,' meaning that the jersey and shorts are intended to function as singular entity. However, while the EXO bottoms place a focus on compression, the jersey draws its inspiration from aerodynamics. The reasons for this are simple. While the benefits of compression design are easy to follow at the legs, your legs don't have lungs to worry about compressing. This imposition on breathing left Giordana to focus on aerodynamics at the torso and compression at the sleeves. Why the sleeves' Because the arms are the upper body's first response to road vibration and the resulting muscle oscillation. Accordingly, the EXO jersey features Giordana's newest fabric, Asteria 2.0, at the sleeves, shoulders, and center back panel. Now, Asteria 2.0 isn't a 'compression' fabric. Instead, it features a relatively high composition weight of 130g/m2. However, what it lacks in fiber weight, it makes up for in threads per square centimeter, or TPC. Prior to this material, Giordana's HC44 fabric boasted the highest TPC in the cycling industry, at 44TPC. However, this high thread count is now shared with Asteria 2.0. Accordingly, the characteristics of this construction lend themselves to increasing the softness of the material, while concurrently improving the fabric's ability to conform to the body and manage moisture. So, with this balance of strength and conformity, the arms' muscle groups are thoroughly supported, while still retaining their ability for movement and flexibility. - $249.95

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