The fortified jacket. It’s your riding buddy, the last layer between you and the elements, your insulation from the cold and your protection from the sun. Most importantly, it’s potentially the barrier between the ground and your unfortified hide.
When I started riding nine years ago, I let the weather dictate my shielding. It’s hot? I’d grab my trusty T-shirt. If it’s cold? Hand me my North Face coat. Fast-forward to 2011. With three kids to come home to and buddies who have taken some serious spills, I learned quickly that proper gear is no longer an option. The Sedici Monza jacket is the perfect solution for the things that matter the most to me now.
Sold exclusively at Cycle Gear, I could tell at once that Sedici gear was made with high-end craftsmanship. Furthermore, it’s offered at an extremely reasonable price and with a lifetime guarantee, so you can wear the jacket with confidence and be assured it will stay in one piece — and if it doesn’t, just take it back to any of Cycle Gear’s 97 stores nationwide. The Italian-style Monza is versatile and comes in an array of colors and styles.
Everyone hates a stiff new piece of riding equipment that takes a season to break in. Another great feature that I appreciated right away is the stretched leather paneling; I didn’t have to break in this jacket, and it breathes well. The stretched fabric on both sleeves creates superior airflow that you will welcome in the spring and summer. It produces an extremely efficient cooling effect on warm days. Make sure you zip in the detachable liner and add one extra layer of clothing when riding in sub-60 F weather, though, as you cannot turn the vents off.
I’m impressed with the price, quality, and overall function of the Monza jacket and look forward to many, many years of protection. Hey, it’s guaranteed for life! RB
By Joe Russo, Photos by Peter Lerman
Sources: Cycle Gear, Sedici Monza Jacket, $299, 800/292-5343, www.CycleGear.com
Originally published in RoadBike, September/October 2011