Don't Call Me Katherina.
Mother Nature and her apparent lack of sunshine is undoubtedly theatrical in all her glory. We might even venture to say that the manner in which a day pans out is akin to a romantic comedy. Granted, it's not all that laughable when your cycling attire can't keep up with the change in weather. Case in point, De Marchi crafted the Men's Cortina Jersey in response to Mother Nature's ever-changing elements and influences.
The Cortina features a regular fit for an adaptive feel and comfort in the saddle regardless of where you're headed or why. Now, in order to achieve its versatility, the Cortina has a bit of a complex construction. Its basic foundation is that of merino wool, which is naturally odor-resistant, manages moisture like Eddy Merckx slays hills, and dries quickly to ensure you stay comfortable.
And since you'll presumably be encountering some weather and wind at some point during your ride, De Marchi fused a water-resistant and windproof panel to the front of the chest; this feature protects your vital organs from inclement weather. Meanwhile, reflective stripes across the chest are sure to increase your visibility on days that begin calm and transform to dark, gloomy days. Multiple rear pockets accommodate your necessities, and the zippered rear one features a water-resistant construction, making it ideal for a phone.
- A highly versatile cycling jersey for fitful weather
- Merino fabric regulates temperature and moisture
- Windproof panel protects vital organs
- Water-resistant treatment fends off light moisture
- Multiple pockets keep necessities secure
- Reflective details enhance visibility
- Q & A
Good for wide temp ranges
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This is my go-to jersey for the longer brevets in the randonneuring series where the temperature swings can be ±30° from late afternoon to the middle of the night. Ideal temperature range of this jersey for me is probably 60-70° and down to 50° or so with a base layer and arm warmers. YMMV. I tend to get cold a little sooner than some of the other guys I ride with.
Well made jersey of quality fabric. Sufficient pockets and especially like the reflective stripes. But runs easily 1-2 sizes small both in the arms and chest. Just this style. Purchased another deMarchi jersey in different fabric and style and that one was true to size.
FAST BECOMING A FAVORITE JERSEY
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I own a bushel of short-sleeved jerseys, but only four of them make it into my regular rotation during warm weather months. None of them are pro team or world champion jerseys (my opinion is that I haven't earned the privilege of wearing such jerseys). But my preference for jersey material is wool, merino or itchy old school wool, and is a reflection of my age when wool jerseys were the only option. This De Marchi is a merino/synthetic blend that I find completely comfortable—provided it's worn during the right weather. Wearing this during 70F+ weather will be uncomfortable. I was able to wear it today when it was 62F with a steady 11mph westerly wind blowing off the lake, during a 75 km ride. Worn over a De Marchi base layer, this was a perfect jersey for today. The water-resistant panel over the chest came in handy today when I made a brief stop after doing some steady climbing. When I resumed the ride I down some long descents, I never once felt chilled—even into the headwind. The sleeves are an inch or two longer than my other Italian-made jerseys (Nalini, Santini, or other De Marchi). This fall I plan to wear this jersey with some arm warmers. Although I can't credit the jersey, I did have a wonderful feeling today when I passed and dropped a cyclist who was into full "aero tuck" and perhaps 20 years my junior. I greeted him as I passed and began whistling to myself. I've learned that young bucks riding $12K bikes find it especially demoralizing when getting passed by a whistling graybeard! (As Santini states on their packaging: Gambe, Testa, Cuore.)