The rarely spoken truth is that elastane (Lycra) is often used as a crutch. High-stretch fabrics make it easier for manufacturers to fit a wide range of body types using simple patterns. The elastic provides the versatility, and your body does the work of shaping the garment. But the real problem is that elastane is very hydrophilic, meaning it gets wet easily, stays wet (and heavy, and cold) for a long time, and reduces breathability and comfort.
Instead of accepting these shortcomings, 7 Mesh do extensive work to pattern their garments to fit properly in the riding position. The Britannia Jersey uses an Omega polyester knit with powerful mechanical stretch, eliminating the use of hydrophilic Lycra. A textured backer wicks moisture away from your skin to facilitate evaporation.
For storage the Britannia has five rear pockets - three classic top loaders, and two horizontal loading pockets, each with a secure zip closure on the side. The zip pockets have buttonhole passthroughs to the inside for cable routing, complementing the s collar headphone loops. The full length front zip provides venting, while the collar comes a bit higher at the rear to extend the sun protection of the UPF 50 fabric. The waist hem uses a thin high stretch gripper to hold the jersey in place.
- The Britannia jersey is tailored to a comfortable performance fit and does not rely on the stretch of the fabric alone to do the fitting for you.
- Omega 125p Knit
- 3 Coil Front Zip
- 30mm Gripper Elastic Hem
- UPF 50+
- 3 Rear Pockets
- 2 Zippered Side Pockets with Headphone Ports
- Collar Headphone Loops
- Reflective Details