There’s something about race-cut jerseys that makes you just feel fast. With the Specialized HyprViz SL Air Jersey, you can feel fast, look fast and actually be fast — all while being seen on the road. I’m always keen on added visibility and the HyprViz SL Air Jersey is a hard one to miss.
Specialized HyprViz SL Air Jersey Features:
- HyprViz 360-degree visibility day or night
- VaporRize™ lightweight, soft mesh fabric
- Classy looks with minimalist branding
- Three rear pockets
- Race fit for ultimate performance
- Low-cut collar
- Locking full zipper
- Silicone grip at rear hem
- Long, modern-length sleeves
- UPF 30+ rating protects your skin
- MSRP: $130 ($120 for standard colors)
Ready, set, race
As I’ve found out this year, Specialized has really upped their apparel game. Gone are ill-fitting and obnoxious designs and in their place are high-performance, good-looking kits with the HyprViz SL Air Jersey is leading out. Jerseys can be expensive and at $130, this isn’t a cheap one, but it’s fairly priced for what you’re getting.
Putting the HyprViz SL Air Jersey on is a lesson in race jerseys. For my 5’11” 170 lb. body, the size medium fits just right. It’s perfectly-snug, but can stretch to accommodate a sleeveless base layer, if necessary (I’m a fan). The sleeves modern-length and fit perfectly with a low-profile collar. Be sure to lock that zipper at the top, or it will have a tendency to unzip. I’ll add that the zipper pull could be a touch longer for easier grabbing to quickly zip/unzip.
Of course, this jersey features three rear pockets, but don’t expect to haul the kitchen sink here. It will fit the usual items, but an all-day outing may require a saddle bag to bring everything along. Additionally, the upper edge of the pockets can be tricky to access. Because the pocket is welded, there’s just not a whole lot to grab. The outside of the center pocket has a zippered sleeve that’s protected by a waterproof membrane to keep your wallet or cash dry from perspiration (but not from rain).
In the saddle, the race cut of the HyprViz SL Air Jersey feels right at home. It simply disappears and slices through the air without any flapping or loose fabric anywhere. It stays put very well in concert with the Specialized SL Bib Shorts (or any other pair of black bibs).
As far as fabrics go, Specialized hasn’t mixed up anything and instead is using their VaporRize mesh fabric throughout. It works well and wicks moisture away like a champ. It does get chilly on cold mornings though, so wear a vest and stash it as temperatures rise.
Fit: I’m 5’11” and 170 lbs., the size medium was perfect.
- Super visibility
- Feels like some of the best jerseys I’ve worn
- Racy, efficient fit
- Good sleeve length
- Low-profile collar keeps things cool
- Fabric breathes well
- Single, zippered pocket is a bonus
- Becomes uncomfortable if worn off the bike
- Pockets are hard to access
The Bottom Line: Specialized HyprViz SL Air Jersey
I’m all about visibility and the Specialized HyprViz SL Air Jersey is too. For an extra $10, you can get this bright jersey and add some peace of mind to every ride. The race fit is legit on this one, so expect an efficient fit if you stick with your usual size. If that’s not your gig, you might want to size up. I’ve been wearing this one for road and gravel rides all spring and into the summer and I tend to gravitate towards it — especially for road rides where visibility is key.
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