De Marchi's new Leggera collection was designed with an obsessive focus on fabric and fit details. Modeled after its warm-weather Pro Jersey, the Leggera uses 100% Italian materials, along with a fit and graphic treatment that was inspired by professional team kits, to create one of the most structured, body-supporting jerseys available. It's these seemingly small elements, combined with the brand's rich history, that continue to make De Marchi the top apparel choice of discerning cyclists around the world.
For the construction of the Leggera, De Marchi used its Dry3 Micro fabric for its airy composition and low 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, Dry3 Micro also stretches in order to wrap and support your upper body and arm muscles while in the cycling position. By selecting a single fabric for the jersey's entirety, De Marchi 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 better aerodynamics than other jerseys relying on several mixed fabric panels.
De Marchi focused equally on implementing lightweight technical fabrics into the Leggera as it did refining the jersey's fit. The goal of the Leggera was to create a streamlined jersey with both maximum freedom of movement and the most breathable, lightweight materials available. This anatomical fit was made possible using the company's Contour Technology as a means to stabilize the jersey while in the cycling position. This is accomplished 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.
Equally valued by De Marchi are its finishing details. The Leggera is no exception, with its thin fully-divisible front zipper, three rear-panel pockets, and oversized high visibility reflective elements throughout. Small, square De Marchi logos tastefully adorn the jersey's front and rear.
The De Marchi Leggera Jersey is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Green, Light Blue, Orange, and Red. Please note: De Marchi relies heavily on European sizing, so please make your selection accordingly.
I'm 5'10" 180 lbs. The XL fit great (the XXL was too large). Form-fit but not skin tight. The fabric is thin, stretchy, and breathes really well. This is definitely a warm weather jersey.
I own a lot of Di Marchi gear, it is really beautifully made. The quality of the fabrics, and the sewing, and the attention to detail is truly exceptional. All of Di Marchi's clothing is made in Italy. And with obvious pride. This particular jersey is sized -slightly- more generously than some of Di Marchi's others (such as the SL jersey). Still, it is form-fit so there is no flapping material in the wind. If you find the right size and fit: my highest recommendation!
I'm 6'3" 185lb with 42in chest. The XL was tight without being skinsuit tight. It was a good length too.
5'11, 165, 42 inch chest. The fabric is great and the fit in the chest is great too. However, this jersey is cut extremely long. It bunches up in the front and it has too much fabric in the back for my height. It will cover you butt and then some. If you're well over 6 ft this should work for you - otherwise buyer beware.