Assos uses remarkably soft fabric in the SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7, so comfort is a trait that comes naturally for this jersey.
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Lowdown: Assos SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7 Women's Jersey ($189)
The SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7 blends comfort and style in an effortless Assos way.
Simplicity and good design. The fact that it is as comfortable as your PJ's is also a positive mark.
When the pockets were empty, this jersey had a habit of creeping up toward my waist.
The pockets, when full, did a good job of keeping the jersey lower on my hips where it needs to be. But when the load gets light, this jersey tended to climb to my natural waistline.
Review: Assos SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7 Women's Jersey
Creating a great jersey these days shouldn't be rocket science, but unfortunately many manufactures haven't mastered it yet. Assos, however, has made an art of doing simple things well, which is evident in this jersey. Fabric is consistent with that of the SS.laalalai bib shorts for a sublime feeling of comfort. The front is that soft Assos Lycra that I have come to love, while the back panel is a more breathable, woven fabric, which kept me cool on hot days and long, arduous climbs. I also really enjoyed that they made the back white instead of a dark color that will soak up the sun, but not in a good way like Sheryl Crow would have you believe.
The pockets, when full, did a good job of keeping the jersey lower on my hips where it needs to be. But when the load gets light, this jersey tended to climb to my natural waistline. I don't foresee that being a big problem, though, because many people will be using those pockets to their capacity.
As I have mentioned, Assos uses remarkably soft fabric in the SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7, so comfort is a trait that comes naturally for this jersey. I especially appreciated the collar construction, which, for most jerseys is not a feature that anyone pays much mind to, but this collar carries a little attitude with it. Akin to a popped collar on a jean jacket, it stays upright when the jersey has been unzipped. I remained looking sharp even when I was out of breath on a big climb. Effortless style is a big selling point for me, especially in cycling gear.
As far as the fit goes for this jersey, I'd say it fits true to size. As I like my jerseys to be snug, I'll usually wear a small, even where a medium would also be a comfortable and slightly more forgiving option. The SS.laalalaiJersey_evo7 fit me like a glove, which is exactly what I was looking for.
This jersey, and Assos in general, is your answer to the question of how to achieve understated excellence. When the loud and gaudy kits aren't for you, Assos is here to swoop you up and carry you with comfort to your destination.