Known to many as the 'race of the two seas,' Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico serves as a final preparation for the Spring Classics season. The race received its nickname due to its start/finish residing on opposite sides of the country, with the seven stages spanning these two points. To honor this historical stage race, Capo teamed up with Competitive Cyclist to develop the new Adriatico LE Jersey.
For the construction of the Adriatico, Capo used its Micro Quattro fabric for its airy composition and low overall weight. This material breathes better than most nylon/Lycra blends, and it rapidly transfers moisture away from your skin to its quick-drying outer-layer. Combined with these lightweight and thermo-regulating properties, Micro Quattro also stretches in order to wrap and support your upper body and arm muscles while in the cycling position. The fabric also provides both UV and anti-bacterial protection. For the underarms, Capo applied its lightweight and breathable V-Mesh 360. As its name implies, this mesh provides 360 degrees of stretch in order to ensure that you receive unmatched comfort and freedom of movement in these sections of the jersey. By selecting these two fabrics for the jersey's entirety, Capo was able to create panels that smoothly transition from one to another without any disturbance. This means that the jersey's seams all but disappear, which leads to a more efficient aerodynamic profile.
Capo place an equal focus on implementing lightweight technical fabrics into the Adriatico as it did refining the jersey's fit. The goal of the Adriatico was to create a streamlined jersey with both a maximum freedom of movement and the most breathable, lightweight materials available. This anatomical fit was made possible using pre-shaped fabric panels that closely follow the body while in motion. When sewn together, these panels form somewhat of a three dimensional shape on their own, mimicking the body before even reaching your shoulders. The result is a jersey that eliminates all unnecessary material, leading to the best fit possible.
Like all of Capo's jerseys, the full-length zipper is lockable. In its flipped upright position, the jersey is able to be pulled apart with one hand. Simply flip the zipper down, and it locks. This makes opening yourself up for ventilation a safe, single-handed affair while riding. The locking zipper is indeed a tiny detail, but once you discover how easy it is to use, you'll never want to ride without one. Three generous back pockets provide plenty of room for tools, snacks, or any other essentials that you might need for your ride. Additionally, a silicone-treated hem keeps the jersey in place when the pockets are loaded. The left rear pocket is featured in a contrasting colorway, which denotes Competitive Cyclist's first Adriatico collection.
The Capo Adriatico LE Jersey is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Blue, Cyan, Fluo, and White.