By incorporating an integrated mesh liner, the Assos SS.campionissimoJersey_evo7 short-sleeve jersey eliminates the need for a baselayer. It works too, even for this dyed-in-the-wool baselayer wearer, providing exceptional comfort and mopping up sweat with impressive ability.
The jersey, as you'd imagine, is designed for summer use and warm weather. Not much of that in the UK, I hear you say. But we've had a few hot days, and those, along with a few trips to warmer climes, have allowed me to thoroughly put this jersey to the test. And I've been impressed. From the integrated baselayer to the quality of the fabrics, the high-quality construction, understated appearance and the race cut fit, it's a stellar jersey.
For someone who always wears a baselayer, even on hot rides, I was sceptical at first. But trusting in the company's assertion that it would 'give you the ultimate in summer performance', my hesitation proved unfounded. Not only is it comfortable against the skin, with no irritation noticeable anywhere inside the jersey, it really does work well in hot conditions and deals with excessive sweat well, helping to pull moisture away from your skin very effectively. And because you're not wearing a baselayer, you have less material between your skin and the air, and the result is a more comfortable ride.
Constructed from the company's own type.002 material, the jersey has a skinFoil mesh lining inside the front panels, while a simple mesh back panel made from the type.220 light material allows heat to escape. The main fabric has a soft texture and it's slightly compressive, which enhances the fit.
Talking of which, the fit is very much a race cut, but it's comfortable with it, especially around the shoulders. That's down to the seamless arm and collar design that provides a smooth and irritation-free fit around the shoulders and neck.
For carting around all the food and tools you need, you get three regular sized pockets and an extra zipped pocket, which gets an extra review mark from me as someone who likes a safe place to store the house keys.
Compared with Assos jerseys of yesteryear, it's understated but – to my mind – a stylish and good looking design. Yes, it's black, but Assos has built in some reflective details on the back to ensure you have extra visibility on those late evening rides. There are a couple of different colours available too, though a few more options wouldn't go amiss for those who like to coordinate their outfits.
What price for high performance? Assos has always been a company associated as much with its premium prices as its high-quality construction, fit, and function, and at £170 this is one of the most expensive jerseys road.cc has ever tested (Rapha's Pro Team Shadow is another £50, though that has water resistance as part of its appeal). But it's worth remembering that you're effectively buying a jersey and baselayer, which perhaps helps to make the price tag a little easier to digest.
Refined fit and integrated baselayer makes it a hit in warmer weather, but you pay handsomely for it
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Assos SS.CampionissimoJersey_evo7
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Assos says: "An all-new summer jersey for men that sets a new ASSOS standard. Every detail of this jersey has been scrutinized and perfected to give you the ultimate in performance. From its integrated skinFoil, full mesh back and seamless arms to its new cut in the shoulder, this jersey will allow you to ride in the hottest summer weather in total comfort.
SS.campionissimoJersey_evo7 is the new platform for ASSOS jerseys. It sets the bar a notch higher for summer rides."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
_ All-new integrated skinFoil designed to give you the ultimate in summer performance
_ Made primarily with our type.002 material for increased elasticity and softness, so you get improved comfort
_ Seamless arms and collar further increase comfort and reduce drag
_ Reflector on the back for added safety
_ A vertically zipped safety pocket for easier access
_ Type.220 light material used on the back for improved breathability, while not compromising the stability of the jersey
THE KEY FEATURES
_ Type.002 material for added comfort, softness and performance
_ Integrated skinFoil
_ New seamless arm using run-proof material
_ New shoulder design for added performance and comfort
_ Added reflectors
_ New platform for ASSOS jerseys
_ Distinctive design
Even compared with the more expensive jerseys on the market it's a lot.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very easy to care for and goes through a regular wash cycle.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
For dealing with warm and hot weather, the jersey keeps you dry and cool and is very comfortable, even when toiling up a long hot climb.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Great fit and understated styling.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
There's no getting away from it, it's mightily expensive.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? I wish...
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably
Use this box to explain your score
A very high-performance jersey with a great fit, high-quality construction, and great looks, but you could buy two Castelli Climber's jerseys for the same price and still have change...
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.