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Love it: Suogoi Venus Jersey

Posted Apr 15 2010 7:56am
Full disclosure:  This item was purchased by me and this review is subjective to my experience with the apparel.

I ♥ this jersey. 

No, really, I do ♥ it. 

I love it so much, I have 2 of the 4 colors it comes in and wish it came in more.  It comes in white, lime, magenta and laguna (pictured).

It is perfect for my brick and running training. I hate bricking in a bike jersey (feels so heavy to wear for a post-bike run), so I always feel I have to change my top before my feet hit the pavement. This jersey works well for both and I no longer feel the need to change. The material feels more like a smooth dri-fit type textile than a polyblend jersey.  It just feels good on.  I can already tell this top is going to be a great alternative to a tank, even in the hottest part of the Houston Summer.  I will definitely wear it for my running/marathon training as well. 

The hidden side pocket (though on the  Sugoi website they say "rear pocket") is great to hold a key, iPod and gel or two. For a long bike ride you'd definitely need to carry a bento box for your "feed" and carry-alongs.

The jersey is very stylish.  There are 2 princess seams in the back, making the fit very flattering.  I also like the "Mandarin-ish collar" (you see it more when unzipped) and cap sleeves which offer more coverage than a tank, but definitely not as long your typical short-sleeved jersey. 

As a larger, Athena athlete I find it very comfortable and well fitting. I feel the jersey is generously proportioned, but not overly so. My hips are 1" larger than size chart indicates, but the top fits me fine.  I also appreciate the omission of elastic at the bottom of the jersey (yeah!), and did not experience a problem with the jersey riding up during my ride.  I would also have to say this jersey would be great for power walkers and gym rats alike... its just that comfortable!

As far as technical apparel goes, it has a decent price-point.  With my tri club discount at a local retailer I can get this top for less than $40, which is awesome for bike jersey I can wear for both cycling and running. 

I give this jersey 4.75 stars.  Would give it 5 if it really did have a hidden back pocket too!
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