By James Sharp
Remember when you started riding? Chances are, if it was in the last decade, your first rides were on a mountain bike. You likely wore whatever shorts were at hand and the nearest cotton T-shirt. They were also, most likely, drenched with sweat. Later, as your riding became more frequent, you likely purchased a pair of riding shorts and thus began your quest to fill your closet with all things Lycra. Now an experienced cyclist, you understand the benefits of technical fabrics but sometimes... sometimes you like the low key aspect of riding in a T-shirt. Maybe you are riding with the family, or a novice friend, or you want to run errands on your bike without looking like you just stepped out of the Tour de France. Zoic feels your pain and has just the jersey: the Libertee.
To put it simply, Zoic's Libertee fits like a T-shirt, looks a bit like a T-shirt but is definitely not a T-shirt. It features Zoic's Zoboo fabric--53% Polyester and 47% Bamboo Charcoal. This fabric does an excellent job of wicking sweat and is plenty breathable for those sweltering summer days. Zoboo also has a soft hand and wears like iron. The Libertee has a zippered pocket on the right sleeve, but otherwise is devoid of pockets or zippers.
What's not to like about Zoic's Libertee; I've been abusing this jersey for the better part of the year and it has zero--I just counted--snags, tears, runs or pulled stitches. Wish I could say that about jersey's costing well over twice what the Libertee does ($30). I've even washed this jersey with biking gloves--read: velcro--and the Libertee has come out unscathed.
Summary: I like bike jerseys as much as the next person but there are times when a simple T-shirt is more appropriate, or comfortable. Enter, the Libertee. It wicks like you'd expect a jersey to do, but, since it's styled like a T-shirt, is more subtle. It is relatively low priced and is more durable than any other jersey I've used to date. In fact, when I don't need pockets, this is my go-to jersey. Buy one, you'll like it.
James Sharp is a contributing editor for GearReview.com; more of his ramblings and a look at upcoming reviews can be found at his blog -- Lactic Acid Threshold.
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