Giro Chrono Elite summer jersey review

Is sustainability something you look for in a cycling jersey?

Giro Chrono Elite
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Sustainability doesn't have to impact performance and Giro has proven just that by using Renew fabrics, made of reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean debris, to put together a high-performance jersey with thoughtful features


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    Renew fabric uses at least 50% recycled content

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    Classic neckline feels great

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    Quality pockets that hold whatever you need them too

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    Zippered valuables pocket


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    Zipper uses small metal teeth and lacks protection for bibs at the bottom

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    Elastic waist feels cheap compared to competitors

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    Edge of sleeves feels cheap compared to competitors

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When it comes to the best cycling jerseys, the competition is fierce. There are so many brands that it's tough to keep track of them all and in some ways, they can start to blend together. However, the truth is that there is actually a lot of nuance in the offerings. Every good brand does things a little differently and when you have a chance to try as many options as we do, you can start to pick up on the subtleties.  

Giro might not be the first brand that comes to mind when looking for a new cycling jersey. The brand is better known for their helmets and shoes but they've been quietly producing clothing all along. More recently, they've carved out a niche by bringing sustainability to their entire line-up. Now that we've had a chance to spend some time in their latest line of sustainable products, we are ready to let you know what we think of the effort. If you are looking for a new summer jersey, keep reading to see our thoughts on the Giro Chrono Elite jersey. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Pocket QualitySmall metal teeth, no protection for the bibs at the bottom, and it's tough to operate one handed10/10
Neckline ComfortTaller than some but not tight and very comfortable10/10
Zipper QualitySmall metal teeth and no protection for the bibs at the bottom4/10
Shoulder MobilityNo issues10/10
Heat managementMain fabric is heavy and it suffers overall even with the lightweight mesh rear3/10
Ability of waist to stay putLooks like it would be an issue but works well.10/10
Fashion appeal (does it look/feel good)Solid colours and a great fit go a long way but waist and arm edges don’t feel premium.8/10
SizingTrue to standards10/10
Fabric QualityA bit on the heavy side7/10
Overall ratingRow 9 - Cell 1 78%

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx