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Stuff I Use: Cedar Cycling PiNP Merino Jersey

After my wife and family there are three things in life that I love: 1. Cycling, 2. Design, 3. University of Central Arkansas sports.

The Cedar Cycling PiNP Merino Jersey encompasses all three of those things for me. As soon as I saw previews of this jersey from the great Prolly is not Probably blog, I knew I had to have it.

This grainy-ass Instagram photo doesn't do this jersey justice.

This grainy-ass Instagram photo doesn’t do this jersey justice.

1. It’s a cycling jersey. I love cycling.

2. It’s design is wonderfully simplistic. So many cycling jerseys and kits are just absolutely hideous. What’s wrong with a little minimalism, folks? If you’ve poked around this website and looked at most of my design work, I hope you get the sense that I try to keep things simple. Sometimes what looks simple can be extremely complex, but in my mind it shouldn’t look that way. Simple is good. That’s why I dig companies like Twin Six and Rapha. They understand that not everyone wants to look like a rolling billboard when you’re on your bike. Go ahead and add Cedar Cycling to the list of companies that get it. Because this is a beautiful jersey.

3. How does UCA tie in? Well, that’s simple. They’re colors are purple and gray. This jersey is purple and gray. Do you know how hard it is to find a men’s cycling jersey that’s simply designed and is purple and gray? Yeah, it’s tough. Now I can sport my school colors in style. That alone would’ve been enough reason for me to buy it.

This is the first merino wool cycling jersey I’ve owned. And, admittedly, I’ve only taken it on one ride so far. But I’m ready to dump all my other jerseys and go all wool. It’s fantastic. My ride started off cool and ended up a touch warmer. I was comfortable the entire time.

I’m a tall dude. Six-foot, seven inches. Thanks to my weight loss it’s not as crazy to find clothes that fit as it used to be, but I’m still oddly proportioned. I’ve got a super-long torso, while my legs are actually sort of normal length despite my gargantuan height.

Knowing this and seeing some comments about the sizing being similar to Rapha, I decided to go ahead and get an XL. Typically, these days, I sport large in regular clothes and XL in cycling gear. I’ve got a 42-inch chest and a long torso, so the XL usually gives me a little more length. I’ve only got one jersey in which I really feel like I should’ve went large because of it’s balloon-like fit.

It’s hard to tell whether I made the right choice with this jersey or not. I went XL, having never seen or had an opportunity to try on a large, I have a feeling it would’ve worked as well. I’m an inbetweener here for damn sure. But I’m definitely happy with the XL and the way it fits. It doesn’t have to resemble a skinsuit, after all.

That leads me to this: this jersey is amazingly unnoticeable. The last thing you want to do is constantly fidget with your jersey on a ride. My initial concerns that it might not be snug enough disappeared once I was rolling down the road. This jersey sits on you where it sits on you and then it doesn’t budge while you’re riding. It doesn’t flap in the wind, doesn’t sag with loaded pockets, doesn’t give you a weird pooch in the stomach area. It’s fantastic.

Order one of these before they disappear. And if purple and gray’s not your thing, Cedar Cycling’s got a great-looking midnight blue one on their website.

By the way, yeah, they’re expensive. They’re handmade from an expensive fabric. It’s sort of amazing they’re not more expensive. Save some bucks, buy a quality piece of cycling gear hear and there and you’ll be happy. Get a couple great pairs of shorts, a couple great merino jerseys and fill out your closet with Twin Six goodies. In my experience, that’s the best way to roll.