Los Angeles has been cold, very cold. Maybe we don’t experience sub-freezing temps, but it gets close on some occasions. Our weekly ride up to the Hollywood Sign meets at 6:30am on Wednesdays. It is early, it is dark, and the temperature tends to hover in the mid-40s this time of year. For a native of LA, that is freezing. So, in the hunt for one piece of clothing to keep me warm on these slightly misguided rides, I came across the Shimano S-Phyre wind resistant jersey. It is perfect.
This jersey is right in oh so many ways. First, the fit is spot on. It is slim, with just the right amount of drop at the rear, and the perfect length sleeves. The three pockets on the rear are large enough to carry all your tools, nutrition, tubes, and even a small windbreaker or vest. There is an additional zippered pocket at the rear for lip balm, cash and ID. The collar is high, perfect to keep the chill at bay. I’ve been wearing this jersey with a short sleeve base layer, and the combination is ideal for mid 40s to mid 50 temperatures. For me, keeping your core warm is the key to enjoyable riding, and the Shimano S-Phyre accomplishes this perfectly.