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Santini Pro Replica Jersey Review

January 2020
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I picked up my first piece of Santini kit because a blog that I follow wrongly suggested that Santini’s pro sleeveless cycling jerseys were all kinds of fantastic. Santini kit does look great and I’ve heard nothing but good about them, but sleeveless and pro in the same post? That just didn’t seem… right.

And that would be because Santini doesn’t make a sleeveless cycling jersey, let alone a pro sleeveless cycling jersey.

Santini does make running singlets and triathlon tops, but their cycling section is dedicated solely to sleeved jerseys. Even their women’s jerseys all have sleeves, too (though they do make a tank).

Anyway, while I was there, I remembered Santini is a sponsor of Trek Segafredo… and my Trek just happens to be black and red, so I figured while I was there, I’d check on the kit. They were selling a smashing cap for $15. I clicked it into my shopping cart immediately.

Now, it just so happened, when I was navigating through the teams I spotted Ducati Corse…. now that’s a jersey, right there! It was glorious.

$105… I didn’t even blink. Clicked it into my shopping cart and checked out. Friends, that’s a f***in’ sharp jersey right there (I got a nice Christmas bonus this year so I spent some of it).

Well, my small haul showed up yesterday after 11 days.

The cap, cotton, is fantastic. It’ll become one of my favorites.

And the jersey… now, the jersey is sexy.

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You know when you’ve got a high quality piece of kit in your hands, and this is that (though what is it with Italians and skinny arms?!). When you’ve got a quality piece if kit, even your winter pot roast and potato body looks good with it on.

I ordered a large, figuring Italian sizing would run a little smaller than we’re used to in the USA, and I was right. The fit is perfect, and surprisingly very close to “true to size” if a little tight in the arms.

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Finally, I want to delve into the rule pertaining to “Pro Kit”.  Technically, according to “the rules”, one isn’t supposed to purchase pro kit unless it’s “old school” pro kit, at which point, it becomes cool again.  Five or ten years ago, the rule had some bite to it.  Nowadays, it’s finally become fashionable to support to your favorite teams – a lot like they do with football, the other football, baseball, or hockey.  I am embracing the idea that this should be allowed as it is in the other sports… especially due to the fact that we cycling fans can actually wear said team-supporting kit whilst actually participating in the sport the kit was meant for.  In this case of “The Rules”, I think it might be time to retire the “No Pro Kit” rule.  It just doesn’t make sense anymore.  It may have at one point, but give it a rest already.

Just a thought.  Ride hard, my friends.  Santini’s kit is good stuff.  My new Ducate Corse jersey will find a regular place in my summer rotation (and the Trek Segafredo cap will be a regular when I’m on my Trek).


15 Comments

  1. Sheree says:

    I’m all for matching kit with bike paintwork.

  2. unironedman says:

    Some rules just have to be broken. That’s one of them 😉

  3. Anthony says:

    That is some nice looking kit. I think I am due for a some new kit this year as well. My bike paint scheme is pretty bland, so matching is not necessary.

  4. Bike and kit should always match. Good score. I don’t think I’ve tried Santini gear yet.

  5. unironedman says:

    There are times when I do have a little twinge of regret about buying a white bike… this would be one of them…

    • bgddyjim says:

      The plus-side is that everything matches white. Other than trying to keep a white bike clean, which is next to impossible (my wife has a white bike), I’m a little jealous… you can get away with ANYTHING! Blue, red, green, orange… I’d go with something like that Ducati jersey… red, lots of white… etc. In fact, Santini’s Trek Segafredo line would be perfect for you. They have a white and red kit that looks fantastic. They do, as a matter of fact, and they’ve got Large and Medium available and they’re on sale ($47.50 US). Look under “Teams” “Trek-Segafredo”.

      • unironedman says:

        True, most stuff works. Though as you have pointed out, the biggest issue is keeping it clean. When I bought it, it was the last one in the shop for the budget I had, and because it was an out-of-date model (as in, the previous year), it was a good price. And also because it was white – that was the main reason it was still in the shop. But essentially it meant I could get 105 for Sora money. So, content over style 😉

      • bgddyjim says:

        Use “Pledge Furniture Polish” to help when you wash it. Dirt and grime will just fall off. I can’t use it on mine because it’s a mat finish, but I have friends who swear by it.

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