The Sportful Italia CL jersey is a very attractive and stylish jersey that will certainly stand out on the group ride. But combined with this it's also one of the comfiest jerseys I've had the pleasure of testing, perfect for chilled out spring and summer rides.
A couple of rough details
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If you want to bring a bit of Italian flair to your weekend trundle around the lanes, then the Sportful Italia CL jersey could be for you.
This jersey is a celebration of Sportful’s long term partnership with the Italian national team. The five stars underneath the Sportful logo on the breast are there to signify the four World Championships and one Olympic gold medal that Italian riders have won while wearing Sportful clothing, while all of these wins are listed (in Italian, of course) on the inside of the jersey beneath the pocket.
There are the colour choices, with the Sportful Italia CL jersey in available in the blue of the Italian national jersey, and then the green, white, and red of the Italian tricolore flag, while the green, white and red zipper and grippers are really nice touches. All in all this is an exceptionally attractive and classy jersey that will really stand out on your group ride.
Out on the road and things are just as good. The Sportful Italia CL jersey has a slightly looser fit than some of Sportful’s other jerseys, but don’t let that make you think that it’s baggy. There’s a little extra room around you stomach and arms, but the cut is so good that there’s no excess material flapping in the wind around your shoulders.
This comfort is also helped by the use of such a soft material for all parts of this jersey. It’s not quite as stretchy as the fabrics used in most other jersey (something that doesn’t matter given the great fit) but it plays it’s part in what is a very comfortable jersey.
There are however a couple of small negatives that prevent the Sportful Italia CL jersey from getting full marks. Namely the felt Sportful logos pick up fluff and look a little grubby after a few months use, while the stitching is a little rough on the back of the Italia logo on the chest.
However, these are very small points, and overall this is an exceptionally good jersey.
For more details visit the Sportful website.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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