Fall weather has finally hit the Bay Area and although this means we are far from suffering, it can make dressing for that daily ride a bit more difficult. Morning temps usually start out in the 30s before climbing to the high 60s during the day, with a consistent cool breeze. It’s too warm on long sunny uphills for a vest or jacket, but you’ll freeze coming down the other side without one. For those of us that get annoyed with continually having to shed or don layers, 7-Mesh came up with a solution–the Synergy Jersey.
The Synergy Jersey acts like a long sleeve jersey and vest all in one–windproof and water resistant on the front of your body and arms, wicking and super air-permeable on the back, and very breathable throughout. Wearing the jersey alone or even with a baselayer underneath, saves me from either having to ride in discomfort (freezing or sweaty) or stopping to put on a jacket before hitting big descents only to stop and remove it again at the bottom–anyone who rides in the Bay Area knows you are either climbing or descending for most of your ride.
Using the the Windstopper membrane as the foundation, the softshell fabric offers complete windproofness with great breathability by combining the comfort of a soft mid-layer and the water resistance of a shell in one garment. The membrane is an ultra thin protective layer which is laminated between two lightweight textile layers. The back is a soft textured knit for comfort. The outer layer is a woven nylon for keeping the weather at bay and also provides durability against abrasion from brush and branches.
Other features of the Synergy Jersey include a deep, 5-pocket configuration (3 top loaders and 2 zipped side access security pockets), cable routing holes, a slightly higher collar for weather protection, and an AquaGuard Vislon front zip for weather protection and easy venting.
My only complaint with the Synergy is the sizing. Although I wear a medium in other 7Mesh pieces, the jersey fits well through the body but is way is too short. Like 3-inches too short in both the torso and arms. It’s supposed to be form-fitting, so perhaps my body type and height means I should size up for this one. Keep that in mind when you order.
Despite the sizing issue, the 7Mesh Synergy Jersey has been my favorite fall riding piece–for road, mountain, and even cyclocross. The jersey retails for $200 and is available for both men and women.