WORDS: THOMAS OPSTRUP PHOTOGRAPHY: ELISA COCO KEYWORDS: ISADORE ISADORE LONG SLEEVE SHIELD JERSEY ETHEREA Isadore long-sleeved winter jersey is made of a mix of 53% polyester, 44% merino wool and 3% lycra. This fabric is also known as sports wool and is of high quality. By blending polyester into the wool, you get a fabric that keeps the shape far better than pure wool and when you add lycra you will get a quality that has a good stretch at the same time. I like the use winter Jerseys made of sports wool because it is warm, breathable and at the same time looks beautiful. On the chest and part of the shoulders, Isadore has placed a polyester fabric on top of the sports wool as extra protection against wind. I tested it on the cold decent from Etna and it works pretty well. On the elbows, Isadore uses the same Polyester Fabric. The look of this reminds me of my granddads wool cardigans a look that again is fashionable – very gentleman like. The back pockets are made in the classic 3 part design. Inside the right pocket, there is a zipped safety pocket that is made out of a water-resistant fabric that protects the objects inside the pocket against rain from the outside and sweat from the inside. Buy the jersey The shape of the Isadore jersey is slim fit but be aware that like so many other wool jerseys you should probably choose to size down from your normal size if you want it to be tight fitting. I tested size small, which is my normal size, and the back pockets are hanging too low on the back to my likings and the fit is not as tight to my back as I prefer. I have tested the Isadore Jersey on Etna where the temperature at the bottom of the climb was around 14 degrees and at the top, it was 6 degrees. Based on this riding experience it is my opinion that the jersey is a really good option with a base layer underneath in temperatures from around 12 degrees and down to around 5 degrees. I will recommend using a gilet or wind jacket on top of the Isadore Jersey when you get closer to the 5 degrees. If it gets even colder than 5 degrees you will need a warmer cycling jacket or have a shield on top of it. THERMO ROUBAIX BIB SHORTS Isadore Thermo Roubaix bib shorts are created for colder weather and work perfectly combined with a pair of knee warmers. The bib shorts are made of Thermo Roubaix fabric that has soft fleece on the inside that keeps the legs warm. The Bib shorts consist of different fabric panels. On the back where there is contact with the saddle, the fabric is of a strong quality that can take repeated stress from the rub against the saddle when riding. On the front, Isadore uses a fabric that has more insulation and protection against the wind. The shoulder straps are also made of Thermo Roubaix fabric that helps keep the upper body warm. The Bib shorts is DWR treated – a treatment that makes the fabric water-resistant – that really works well! Waters actually pell of the bib shorts when you ride in a mild shower. Buy the Bib shorts The leg length is on the long side which I like for winter bib shorts because the long legs better keep the knee warmers in place. The legs have a firm and nice feel against the tights. However, around the butt and hip area, the compression is missing. The bib shorts though stays in place so it is not an issue just something you note when you put them on. The inset is of a high quality produced by the Italian company TMF who is known for high-quality insets for bib shorts. Its design is really good and is placed well in the bib shorts so that it both supports a race oriented position and a more relaxed. MERINO SOCKS The socks are made from 41% Nylon, 49% Merino Wool, 8% Elastane, 2% Lycra. The socks are constructed so that there are abundant quantities of Merino around the toe area. It works really well to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops. around the middle of the foot, Isadore has used more nylon and Elastane that helps to keep the sock in place firm in place. Buy the socks The shaft has a traditional length and firm compression. The construction concept of this sock is similar to other brands offering but the Merino wool around the toes is thicker than most other offerings so if you like me have a tendency to get cold feet during the winter then these socks are for you.