The story of Babici strikes parallels with the story of cycling, with equal parts romanticism, dedication, sacrifice, and fanaticism. As we're sure you've experienced, in the saddle, we all share a common bond. Egos deflate, grimaces erode, and for Babici, borders disappear as the world get's smaller. And it was through a shared passion for cycling that the 9000 miles between Italy and Australia vanquished. Soon, a working relationship turned into an obsession, and the goal to reflect two country's colorful cycling identities into one jersey was accomplished. That jersey is the Babici Corsa Jersey.
Quality is a subjective term. More than just a singular trait, we believe that true quality is measured with a perspective of totality. So, for a cycling jersey, what sets apart the innovators from the fakers? Well, Babici has a checklist for its jerseys -- design, style, comfort, function, and price. Not surprisingly, we agree, and even better, all of these characteristics are well represented within the Corsa jersey.
The style of the Corsa is alarmingly understated. An exercise in subtlety, the Corsa blends the shades from various points of the color scale. Not quite a gradient, and not quite a color-block, the Corsa's aesthetics remain fashionable yet ambiguous to definition. For the design, Babici used a minimally seamed construction as to reduce abrasion. The cut is defined as aero-race, yet for the typical cycling build, you'll find it conforming and comfortable. In fact, Corsa's shape through the shoulders follows the contours of the body, gracefully. This is due in part to craftsmanship, but mainly, it's derivative of Babici's story.
Australia is no stranger to the boyhood fanaticism of Italian cycling. And while Italian fabrics and style were in demand at Babici's inception, it noticed an undercurrent of desire to retain the Australian identity. So, designs in tow, Babici went to the premiere Italian fabric manufacturer, MITI -- the source of the ever popular and plagiarized SuperRoubaix, ThermoDream, and Ibisco fabrics. As their relationship blossomed, MITI's Time Out material presented itself as the obvious fabric choice for the Corsa jersey. With a warp-knit construction, the material is given a natural stretch. Within the knit, the threads follow a zig-zag pattern along the length of the jersey. This allows more surface area coverage while using less material, equating directly to an airy, lightweight construction. Time Out's open weave also accelerates moisture transfer from the skin to the quick-drying surface of the jersey. And while this fabric costs Babici an arm and a leg to produce, the comfort is worth it.
Now, you might be wondering about the Corsa jersey's functionality. While moisture management and cooling designs are great, where do you put your stuff? Well, Babici included a thoughtful rear pocket design. With three rear cargo pockets and a zippered security pocket, the Corsa has plenty of room for all of your ride essentials. And being the ever-perfectionists, you'll notice that Babici angled the outer-pockets towards the hips for easy access in the saddle. The jersey also has a subtle reflective strip under the pockets, and a full-length front zipper.
The Babici Corsa Jersey is available five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/compolongo, Blue/falzarego, Red/mortirolo, and Yellow/stelvio.
I'm 6'2 and pretty skinny and my Large JUST ABOUT works. It's a little on the short side but the jersey looks great and breathes well in hot weather. Details are also very nice.
Here are the actual measurements from an XL:
> Chest: measured from side seam to side seam at the armpit: 20" for a 40" chest
> Waist: measured from side seam to side seam 4" above the hem: 17" for a 34" waist
In other words, it's even smaller than Castelli but the fabric is pretty stretchy.
The fabric initially feels soft but it has an odd slightly scratchy quality. It wouldn't be uncomfortable to ride, but I don't think I would look in my closet and happily reach for this jersey first. It looks well-constructed and the fabric is perforated for airflow.
Me: 25 year rider, I've had a couple of dozen jerseys, all the major top brands.