Search and State are among the new wave of cycling clothing brands who put emphasis on a clean look, quality materials, and a good fit. All of their garments are made by hand in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. For initial impressions of the Search and State S1-A Cycling Jersey check it out here! In this review I get into my long term thoughts on the jersey.
The Fit of the S1-A Cycling Jersey
Over the past few months the S1-A Cycling Jersey has worked its way into the role of ‘first pick’ in my cycling wardrobe. It is the first I go to just after laundry day. It has a lot of positive attributes, but for me the main one is fantastic fit. As someone who is hitting 30 this year and who loves beer, I am still very fit but am very close to ‘dad body’ territory. The S1-A has no quarrel with that and supports me with my lifestyle. It fits great on the bike, but still gives me a little room while keeping the slim look.
The material of the S1-A Cycling Jersey is very durable and after months of use, it remains strong. I regularly wear it on the road, as well as on the mountain bike and don’t think twice about damaging the jersey in a bad crash. Additionally the moss green color looks great should a ride start or end at the coffee shop and you have to mingle with the general public.
The pockets of the S1-A fit naturally on a more road oriented jersey. They are adequately deep and are not difficult to access.
Too Thick for Hot Days?
The downside to the material of the S1-A jersey is that it is too thick for those hot days. I would grab another jersey when the temperatures go over 25 degrees C (77 F).
Price and Value
Despite the durability, clean look, and great fit of the Search and State S1-A Cycling Jersey, for $150USD, I would like to see a few minor touches and material variations in the jersey. This price in comparable brands typically gets you a 4th pocket, and a mix of materials, such as mesh in the armpits or different elasticity in high stretch areas.
Is Made In America Better?
This is where the question arises whether the higher price tag is worth the ‘handmade in America’ tag next t0 it. Is the S1-A better than the equivalent jersey made in China? Search and State would say absolutely. It supports your neighbor and every $1 that is spent on manufacturing leads to an extra $1.40 being added to the economy. All I know is that they have made a great jersey for getting a coffee, or that has your back while riding the all day epic.
-For the price, comparable jerseys have more features and material mixes.