Capo Corsa SL Jersey and Bibshorts review

Mid-tier priced cycling apparel that packs a top-shelf punch

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Put them together and you have a solid all-day ride apparel package. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Put them together and you have a solid all-day ride apparel package. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Sean Bird of Art’s Cyclery. The original posts can be found here and here.

Lowdown: Capo Corsa SL Jersey ($130)

While not a race-style jersey, the Capo Corsa SL is a superb choice for endurance adventures. Through balancing functional features and comfortable fabrics, Capo’s Corsa SL is a valuable tool. Learn more in the full review below.

Pluses

The major highlight is the breathable mesh insert used for the underarms and side panels. On a thicker, club-style jersey, this means comfort and versatility. From cool mornings to steamy afternoons, the Corsa SL Jersey is geared for performance.

Minuses

The considerable height of jersey pockets made access difficult.

Review: Capo Corsa SL Jersey

When you’re spending hours traveling to your latest weekend adventure location, comfort is important, but reliability is key. All it took was one broken zipper for me to start traveling with multiple jerseys in my bag. However, Capo is serious about the construction of their upper-body garments, which I discovered while running their GS SL Wind Vest through multiple winters. That garment has stood the test of time, which had me excited to put the new Capo Corsa SL jersey through its paces.

The breathable mesh insert used for the underarms and side panels helps keep you cool. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

The breathable mesh insert used for the underarms and side panels helps keep you cool. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Functionality

From top to bottom, the Capo Corsa SL jersey seamlessly integrates a range of sleek, innovative features. Micro Quattro fabric, luminescent bands, and elastic cuffs add performance to a club-style jersey.

The Micro Quattro fabric worked well for me in a variety of conditions. I wore it on a few extended rides that started in the early morning, lasting until afternoon. The Capo Corsa SL jersey fabric is thick enough that it kept me warm when worn alone in cool’ish conditions. However, when the coastal marine layer burned off and the air heated up, the material was excellent at wicking away sweat and preventing overheating.

This jersey didn’t budge an inch when shifting positions or standing to climb, thanks to elastic keepers on the jersey sleeves and at the waistline. Capo decided to build the Corsa’s pockets a little taller than usual, which was both a good and a bad thing. At times, the raised pocket openings were a bit hard to reach, but the increased carrying capacity was worth the trade-off. I really appreciated being able to bring an extra energy bar or two, and having the room to comfortably store a base layer.

Comfort

This jersey stayed relatively dry and comfortable without becoming itchy, even when I was sweating like a pig under the midday sun. Mesh underarm panels let the cooling breeze in, which was a very welcome feature.

Tall jersey pockets made access difficult, but provided ample storage space. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Tall jersey pockets made access difficult, but provided ample storage space. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

That Micro Quatro fabric felt great against my skin when I was on the saddle. Whether it damp or bone-dry, the fabric never chafed or pulled—it felt silky and pleasant, no matter what conditions I rode it in.

Fit

With eleven panels, the Corsa SL is non-restrictive without being flappy. While still not suited for your weekend criterium, the cut of Capo’s Corsa SL jersey is intended to fit just snugly enough. At 6’3″ and 170 pounds, I comfortably squeezed into a size small Corsa SL jersey. This allowed for a sleek, aerodynamic fit, which didn’t flap in the wind. At the same time, the jersey never felt too tight or restrictive. I’m comfortable in race-fit, tight jerseys, so my recommendation is to go with your regular jersey size.

Bottom Line

Capo’s Corsa SL hits a sweet spot between race-cut and club-style, which makes it perfect for endurance riding. Secure storage, a freeing cut, and good moisture management let’s you ride comfortably all day long.

Continue to page 2 for the Capo Corsa SL bibshorts review »

About the author: Arts Cyclery

This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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