Santini replica Maglia Rosa review

The Santini replica Maglia Rosa is a good quality technical jersey with a race fit.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A comfortable lightweight jersey for riding through the Dolomites – or High Wycombe

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable race fit

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    Good technical features

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Reasons to avoid
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    A bit time-specific

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With Sunday 10th May being Italian National Bicycle Day and the Giro underway, no further excuse was necessary to don the replica Maglia Rosa from Santini (opens in new tab) and head out into the Chiltern Hills.

This is one of those garments which feels slightly odd off the bike, being a bit tight across the shoulders and chest. On the bike, however, it just seems to mould to the cycling position without any loose material or bunching anywhere but not feeling restrictive either.

The front of the jersey is made of a lightweight but fairly close woven fabric, so it’s cool whilst keeping some of the wind off your chest. The back is a more open weave, so it stays well-ventilated even when climbing. The rear pockets are easy to access and do not suffer from sag when loaded up despite the lightweight material.

There’s a concealed three-quarter length front zip, which has quite a small puller which, combined with the stretch of the fabric, makes it slightly difficult to use when on the go. Otherwise, there’s a stretchy elasticated waistband and the sleeves have single layer elasticated grippers, so that everything fits snugly.

All up, this is a great choice, at least while the Giro is on, and did seem to make me go faster too – although that may just have been the tailwind on the return leg

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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.