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Northwave Galaxy short sleeve jersey – review

Northwave hail from Italy and started with making cycling shoes back in 1993, moving on to clothing from 2002. They’ve been involved with some of cycling's biggest names both on and off road - Boonen, Valverde and Cipollini to mention a few - and the £84.99 Galaxy short sleeve jersey sits second from top in the current range.

Immediately the jersey feels like a well thought out and effective piece of clothing. Northwave’s ‘BioMap’ construction uses strategically placed fabrics across the jersey, just as is the case with the corresponding Galaxy bib shorts we’ve already reviewed, and the main materials are called ‘Skinlight’ and ‘BurnOut’.

Ok, but what does that mean in the real world? The Skinlight fabric is used on the main body of the jersey and uses an ultrafine yarn which is very soft next to the skin and highly breathable. The vented BurnOut fabric, meanwhile, is used on the back and under the arms to further improve breathability.

The trick is that these vents require no stitching or mesh inserts, so there are no hems to potentially create irritation or seams to pull apart, and Northwave say it allowed them to create more vents, in varying shapes are sizes, across the jersey to increase air flow. And it works really well in that regard, the Galaxy is a great jersey for warm conditions.

The sleeves are finished with the same ‘Airgrip Elastic’ fabric as the Galaxy bib shorts. It’s essentially a 4.5cm elastic band which does away with the need for any potentially irritating silicone grippers, while providing a smooth transition between the sleeve and arm. There’s also some reflective detail to add low-light visibility.

Along the base of the front of the jersey is a combination of silicone grippers, branded with the Northwave logo and reinforced with elastic. The back of the jersey is similar to the arms, but with an extra series of silicone dots to keep the jersey in place. The jersey always sat well when riding, and didn’t cause twist or sag over longer rides with well-stocked pockets.

Speaking of which, the three main rear pockets are ideally sized. Goldilocks, in fact – neither two big or uselessly small. There are two slightly thinner pockets either side and a larger central one with a neon coloured zipper that leads to a water repellent fourth pocket.

The jersey has a low profile YKK zipper with neon flavours, which, from a stylistic point of view, works well with the black fabric and blue stitching. Practically speaking, the full-length zipper enables you to further regulate air flow on really warm days or when working particularly hard.

Conclusion

The Northwave Galaxy jersey is a good piece for warmer weather. The mesh vents on the back are large enough to possibly result in some dodgy sunburn no undervest is worn underneath, but with a thin base layer this would be negated. The fit is brilliant and the fabric offers excellent ventilation and breathability.

Pros

Excellent fit
Top breathability for warmer rides
Good grippers and pockets

Cons

Mesh vents may result in some dodgy sunburn with no base layer

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