Can the Fredonia short sleeve jersey knock the Castelli Gabba off its perch?
Raleigh has the distribution duties for a couple of high-performance clothing ranges: home-grown expert Lusso, and Italian exotica from Moa Sport. These relationships go beyond business — Moa makes the team kit for Raleigh’s pro racing squad (as well as team Astana), and it’s the influence of elite-level competition that has informed the creation of this Fredonia thermal jersey.
The Fredonia exhibits a ‘racing’ or ‘Italian’ fit, i.e. it’s smaller than you’d expect. If squeezing yourself into it isn’t eye-watering enough, the price tag probably will be. But as with the Castelli Gabba, there are some good reasons why you might find £160 for a short-sleeve jersey is justifiable.
The Moa Fredonia short-sleeve thermal jersey does not feel like a typical jersey; it’s more like a short-sleeve jacket. The thick thermal material features a Mantotex membrane with water-repellant properties, requiring little more than a base layer to keep you warm in most conditions, and dry in anything less than a sustained downpour. When the weather heats up, the Fredonia’s anti-UV qualities and breathability support the wearer superbly. Even so, we suspect it would be too warm in temperatures over 15ºC.
The three rear pockets also work well, being plenty deep and featuring drainage holes.
An excellent jacket/jersey that goes toe to tow with the Castelli Gabba.