Five eye-catching jerseys from Sea Otter

Apparel Sea Otter Classic

Fashionable and functional tops for racing, taking on a charity ride, or simply riding with friends

Bellwether Edge Jersey: $90

Designed for the dog days of summer when temperatures push into the scalding zone, the Bellwether Edge jersey has an open fabric construction on the chest and side panels, allowing air to flow in and perspiration to get out. Stretchable fabric on the back and shoulder panels is contoured to fit best in the riding position. Arm bands are elastic free so there’s no pinching. A silicone elastic gripper at the waist hem keeps the jersey from riding up. Three back panel pockets provide ample storage for all-day adventures.

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POC Essential L/S Jersey: $190

Parts of POC’s Essentials Line, this hard-to-miss long sleeve jersey focuses on safety first thanks to its bright coloring and reflective elements front and rear. But there’s also plenty of functionality built in. Four-way stretch fabric is designed to fit ultra-close to the skin, reducing wind flap; contoured shaping enhances on-bike comfort and reduces aero drag. The back of the jersey has the traditional three pockets, plus a zip pocket with the label “My Info” marked on it, just in case you get in an accident and someone else needs to find your personal information. The Essentials line also includes men’s and women’s bib shorts, plus unisex sized wind vests, spring jackets, rain jackets, gloves, socks, arm warmers, knee warmers, and even a silk scarf.

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Louis Garneau Course Skinsuit: $350

Louis Garneau’s integrated one-piece jersey-shorts combo is a race ready kit that’s laser cut for maximum aero efficiency. A five-motion chamois helps keep you comfortable. Coldblack finish, a full-zip front, and strategically placed mesh panels help keep you cool. In the back are three pockets that float freely, meaning no downward pulling even if you stuff a day’s worth of food and supplies inside. A low drop front makes it easy to go No. 1 without completely disrobing.

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Primal Wear Helix Jersey: $100

Primal Wear’s Helix jersey (seen here with Breakaway from Cancer livery) is one of our favorite test tops from the past year. The jersey’s main body is constructed with a lightweight, open face fabric that’s breathable, antibacterial and has plenty of stretch to contour to the body. Mesh panels on the sides and shoulders provide additional cooling. It also has a full zip front and three well-positioned rear pockets.

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Pactimo Colorado Jersey

We actually saw this jersey right before Sea Otter at Pactimo’s HQ in Denver, Colorado. But since the Centennial State is so near and dear to RoadBikeReview, we had to slip it in. The Colorado jersey is one of four states represented, along with California, New York and Texas. All four are part of the consumer-direct sellers Ascent line. Fit is “race slim” making this a great choice for a competitive gran fondo — or a spirited ride with friends. Other highlights include a full length YKK zipper, breathable lightweight mesh side panels, soft silicone gripper at the waist, and three full rear pockets.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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