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Nalini Pangma Long Sleeve Zippered Jacket

I’m still not sure whether this offering from Nalini is intended to be a long sleeve jersey, or a jacket.  But, I wore it on the coldest morning, of the longest, hardest day on Cycle Oregon in 2011,  and the first thing my best friend said to me was,

“Wow, that’s a great jacket…it looks really good on you.”

I wore it over a short sleeve jersey.  So that day, it was a jacket.

A nice fitting, black jacket with bright red accents across the top of the back and over the front of the shoulders.  It has a long zipper and three back pockets, the smaller, middle one for a cellphone.  Note:  The cellphone pocket is substantially larger than the one on Nalini’s short sleeve jersey and I have no problem slipping my iPhone (with silicon case) in and out of it. The jacket has a half inch encased elastic on the sleeves and a quarter inch elastic on the bottom of the jacket.

The “fleece-lined” fabric is comfortable and warm.  it’s rated as a medium weight for temperatures from  54- 64 degrees and is waterproof and windproof.

There were several points during the day’s ride when I was tempted to remove the jacket because I thought I was overheating.  But I wasn’t, and by lowering the zipper I was able to keep my body temperature comfortable even during a strenuous climb. Before I began my descent, I zipped up and was comfortable through the entire downhill.

Check out Albabici’s website for a list of local and online retailers.

Nalini- SAJAMA I -Fleece lined tights

There are many schools of thought on dressing for the rain and cold, depending on how frequently you must ride under these conditions. As a Southern California resident, my goal is to stay warm and comfortable without overheating. Just finding a pair of fleece lined tights that fit a petite woman can be a problem unless you know about Nalini.

Nalini cycling attire would be almost impossible to find if it weren’t for the internet. Imported from Italy, these products are used mostly by the pros– and their superior quality reflects why. Their importer is Albabici, located in Ventura, California (also the U.S. importer of SMP saddles).

Even with all that pasta, Italian women’s sizes seem to be petite women friendly. I normally wear a small in competitors sizing but because they run a little small, I am more comfortable wearing Nalini’s medium in both the jacket and tights.

The distinctive feature of Nalini’s warm, fleece-lined tights is their wide, non-squeezing, non-marking waistband that has no elasticity, making them infinitely more comfortable than any cycling shorts or tights.

Even wearing a size medium, the leg length on these tights is perfect. Zippers on the lower leg create a nice seal from wind and rain. The leg fit is comfortably snug without binding or feeling bulky. The chamois is thick and plush without feeling like a diaper, and, acccording to the literature, has been stabilized at the saddle point, which somehow induces the rider to position herself correctly on the bike. Nalini claims that the properties of the fabric used in the chamois along with the mechanics of the pedal stroke allow for “excellent drainage” and a “sensation of freshness even during extended use.”

I would prefer these warm tights on a cool day rather than wearing shorts and constantly fighting with sagging leg warmers.


PEARL iZUMi Full Zip Jersey

Full Zip Jersey (4985 Elite series)

I use this jersey as a jacket and wonder if (Pale Aqua/Jade, Chili Pepper, Pacific Blue/Sea Blue or White) would have been a better choice (than black), for increased visibility.
Pearl Izumi put a lot of thought into this design with details that translate into greater riding comfort. For example, the sleeves are long and cover your hands in cold weather, but have a cut-out so your thumbs can wrap around the brake hoods. The jersey is fully lined, comes with a full-length draft flap, as well as a “zipper garage” to seal in warmth and prevent that metal zipper from rubbing against your throat. Their 3’n2 Pocket “Kangaroo Pouch” doesn’t adequately replace the three pockets I’m used to, especially since the center, hidden pocket isn’t a waterproof safe haven for my iphone. However, for days when those arm warmers just aren’t warm enough this is definitely the best next layer.

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