These notes remain as a guide to the project, sizing, styles and the mystery. Remember, you can order Classic Colors, short or no sleeves, club or women's fit.
I am feeling ever more confident about the appeal of this year's model as I work through options! Paid orders are at 30. I do not plan to order any extras. I really wanted to be able to trim the cost a bit for the mystery jersey. We're OK, but every order helps us with future pricing. Also, remember that ordering a Classic Color helps make the mystery jersey possible! If you know you want to commit to a jersey but need a few more days to get the money, please let me know ASAP.
If you order the mystery jersey and don't like the color, just don't open it, and let me know. We'll do our best to find a happy buyer and when we do, you'll get your money back (minus the actual shipping costs, if any). Please note that while this almost always works out, there are times where we can't place orphaned size/style/color combos, so the $10 off is to reward the risk.
OMG is the original more generous (or perhaps "ooh! muy guapo/guapa") more commonly and boringly called club fit, and WTF is the women's trim fit, which is not just for women, necessarily. More information, including sizing hints, to come. WTF has smaller arm holes, is slightly shorter, and has a more slender, curvy fit.
The mystery color is a mystery...even to me as I write this. I have several more risky choices and a safe choice or two ready to go, and I usually decide at the very last minute based on instinct and inspiration. But we won't know everything until colors permeate the fabric and I hear from the fabric printers that they can really make it look like we thought. And because this is mostly done on computers with varying screen qualities, I really won't know until it arrives on my doorstep exactly how it will look.
Note that the photos below are of the club fit OMG original. We also offer the WTF Women's Trim Fit, which (as noted) is shorter, tighter under the arms, and has a leaner shape. For the smaller arm holes alone, many women prefer this choice (and maybe some super fast skatey men?). Keep in mind that the OMG is not a race fit, but more like what you'd see among bicycle clubs, charity ride jerseys, and the like.
The above photo, taken in full late afternoon sun about two hours before sundown, shows the rich colors in the more yellow light of sunshine. The swirl patterns are subtle in this view, as the jerseys are laid out facing the sky instead of vertically, and thus, the semi gloss sheen of the fabric is softly reflecting light from behind the camera, which is above the jerseys.
The above photo intentionally includes a shadow to illustrate how the colors look with light from behind (or above when wearing), and also to give an idea of how it looks in shade that is not the very late day bluer light. This photo shows the swirl patterns better and that's why I include it. In person, the swirls are noticeable, but subtle.
The above photo shows the nice sheen of the fabric, which is not a slick look at all, but a soft matte diffused reflection. You'll seldom notice it, but it is part of what makes the jersey look great. In this photo the light is in front of the camera, even though this is in shade, so skylight is rippling off the soft folds of the fabric.
The above photo is mainly to show the supersweet 19" zipper. You can keep really cool without losing the ends of the zipper as you might with a full zip. The supersweet zip also makes it easier to get the jersey on and off, especially on those hot days. I didn't doctor the photos at all, but these are a bit contrasty. You can see from the lay of the fabric that it is really supple when dry, and is comfortable wet and dry...more comfortable than any fabric on any of the other jerseys I have worn. Of course I am biased, but this is how many people feel about it.
I really love the fabric and I had some other important goals or we might have gone elsewhere with some of the challenges we've had, but these are...
Now, thanks to changes in production capabilities, we can keep building the mystery, but for those who missed out on or crashed in a favorite classic color, we can get that too. So grab some comfy color to keep you visible and cool on the roads and trails as we roll for the good of others...and ourselves.
The OMG is the original club fit jersey we've offered since 2005. This year all styles sport small Carolina Century logos as well, and the layout should be very similar if not exactly like the 2010 special edition jersey.
I give the mystery jersey buyers a help-you-sell-it offer where if you don't like the jersey and don't wear it and want to sell it, I will help do that. It may take a while but I've never had a jersey that didn't sell, and I've had very few to sell because people seem to like them...and if they don't someone else does who was too skeered to build the mystery. So my offer is not a money-back from me offer, but a money back eventually from someone we find offer...I'll help find someone who'll buy it and then to give you the money or better yet, have them deal with you directly.
What's good about it is I never know your account information so I can't lose it or trash it on a post-it in a trash can some guy on the street gets hold of so he can become you for awhile. We get the deal done easily and I can pay electronically, plus all the orders go in as they came in so it helps get the orders right in the first place.
In the early days we had to decide about paying extra for the zipper, and which fabric to use. We definitely wanted the supersweet 19" zipper and we've always been glad. It gives great temperature control and makes it easier to take off the jersey over a helmet or not. We went with a wicking fabric but one that is durable and very comfortable, rather than the thinnest material that tears easily, or the awful hot and itchy stuff many jerseys incorporate. Even when I have had issues with the MF'ER or their minion, the zipper and fabric and the fact these are made in North America have been important factors, even worth a bit more, since we're not doubling prices like most do. The mystery color project is designed to neither lose nor make money over the years. The special edition reprints don't have that constraint, but there won't be much profit and it'll all go to making Roadskater.net and Carolina Century continue the best I can keep them going.
OMG ROAD CLASSIC CLUB FIT OFFICIAL SIZE CHART BUT SEE NOTES BELOW TABLE*
In general, the 2010 jerseys fit somewhere between the extra roomy 2008 models and the trimmer 2005-2007 ones. I believe it is a bit trimmer than 2009, which was a bit trimmer than 2008. The sleeves (if you get them) are a bit longer than early styles, but this looks good and feels good too. Others opinions may vary, but remember that some of the old jerseys have been washed many times in varying conditions.
The NO sleeve sleeveLESS has been trimmed at least as much as in the 2009's Crape Myrtle HOT MAGENTA edition). The Sky edition was slightly roomy too, I believe, but this could just be my jersies, and due to washing (use cold) or drying (don't do it other than hang drying in my opinion).
The OMG original "road classic" jerseys have sizes about like dri-fit or active-fit jerseys you find at discount and specialty stores but not the Under Armour stuff. Another way of saying it is they are "club fit" (for riders and skaters of the local club proportions) rather than "race fit" (for the greyhounds of cycling and skating who get paid and get free jerseys and bibs and skinsuits anyway). They size about like the Tour to Tanglewood jerseys, except for the awesome but confusingly sized white with red trim of a few years back, which was race fit, not club fit.
This is the classic roadskater roadcyclist jersey in roomy club fit. This is the 2010 design (with modifications in some of the small logos and a few minor other tweaks perhaps) with the much-loved set-in sleeves (made like a dress shirt or a tee with a seam along the shoulder). We very much prefer the set-in sleeves because we think they look and feel better.
The sleeveless 2010 NO Sleeve shoulder seam length is trimmed shorter like we like it, unlike the 2009 and 2008 cut patterns. Getting these things right were prerequisites for me being willing to produce more. I have to say all styles and sleeves were excellent this year. So if you like a color from the past, you can now get a jersey in the classic fit in both short and no sleeve with fit and layout and cut that I am truly 100% happy with.
The 2010 Sunflower edition was a big hit for color and fit in all versions. It was back to being as good as 2005-2007 in every way I thought, but bolder with better use of the black & white and spot color and some more direct lines to edge the bold colors with black & white Roadskater.net motifs. Some women chose to try the WTF (SEE BELOW) and every one of them seemed very pleased. The women who stuck with the comfortable classic OMG seemed happy too. I had no returns from anyone in any style, with one person who wanted to trade for size but wanted to trade, not sell, if possible. Being back to set-in sleeves was part of this happiness, I believe, and that makes my life a lot more peaceful because really I want people to love these jerseys!
I wouldn't be offering or buying these jerseys myself if I didn't think they are awesome. I'd just let it go and be done with the hassle. But I love the jerseys and love to see them out skating. Thank you for trusting me with your orders and for wearing the jerseys! I don't know how many I'll buy this time but I want to get some of the colors done the right way with strong logos and spot color. I think some will want the WTF in their fave colors or to replace ones damaged by asphalt...or pizza...or to tighten up the loose fit a bit and wear something shaped like them!
OMG NO SLEEVE (SLEEVELESS) v3.0 TRIM AGAIN
SleeveLESS is available and they have been trimmed up a bit based on our input. I was pleased in 2010 and think most were happy with a shorter shoulder seam length! Again, getting this right was important to my feeling good about offering these special order reprints! There is no way we would proliferate floppy shoulders in the NO Sleeve SleeveLESS version. This ain't no pickup basketball game, and we have basketball jerseys for that anyway.
So I've waited five years to feel good about everything enough to offer special limited edition reprints without the mystery. I'll probably get some so I can get the great new cut and layout in colors that had logo sizes that don't work so well on a gravitationally gifted skater like me. Yes I may be getting hot magenta with a bold RSN logo instead of a wimpy one halfway down my back!
Roadskater.net jerseys are a premium version of the standard 3-pocket cycling and road skating kit, but have much nicer, more comfortable and durable wicking fabric and the supersweet 19" zipper for better body temperature control and easier doffing and donning).
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S UNISEX ROAD CLASSIC FIT CHART (BUT SEE OUR SIZE NOTES BELOW TABLE*)
* About the OMG ORIGINAL MORE GENEROUS ROAD CLASSIC (NOT the Women's fit), please note the dropdown boxes we used to use in the order forms are different from the chart above. It's up to you, but the sizes should be more like this in our opinion (and if you use the chart above, definitely pay attention to the waist sizes, as they can be especially important early in the spring!). We think the sizes run somewhat like this for chest size:
We think we know their sizes better than they do, but this is open for discussion, and we don't all agree on everything of course. They are promised to be the same in size and cut as last year's edition, if that helps you, but these are made by humans, so subject to variation, and whenever salespeople are involved, well you know what can happen.
Sizes in the order form are suggestions at this point, but I trust these numbers more than the ones I saw on the ROAD CLASSIC sizing chart for the mf'er. But you decide. I measured my chest at 42" and I'm sure I do not want to go down to the L size, and there's no way I'd even ruin an M by trying to put it on, so I will stay with the XL Even if I didn't need much room around the midsection, I'd still want XL I believe. I can see how a person with a 42" chest and slimmer midriff WHO LIKES THINGS SNUG would want L BUT IN GENERAL IF YOU ARE ON THE LINE, SUGGEST YOU GET THE LARGER SIZE...then abuse it a bit to shrink it if you need to, or put out the word for a swap. Still, you know when you weigh more and less and when you'll be wearing the jersey.
[END OF OMG ORIGINAL MORE GENEROUS JERSEY SIZE CHART SECTION]
The WTF is the Women's Trim Fit version of our jersey, and it has been a big hit with many who never quite fit the OMG version.
GET THE POPULAR WOMEN'S TRIM FIT (WTF) INLINE SKATING CYCLING JERSEY IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS COLOR SCHEMES
In response to requests from several female skaters we experimented with offering a women's cut jersey this year. It was a definite hit. So this women's specialty fit sounds like it might be right for some to give it a try! According to the manufacturer (hereafter referred to as "the mf'er"), this is a shorter jersey with smaller arm holes and slightly shorter short sleeves. The size chart below is based on the manufacturer's information.
The WTF is awesome. Some of my most particular skateyfriends are especially thrilled with thier WTF RSN jersey.
This is the super popular trim style that perhaps even some of you skatey gents might like to try. Unlike the 2008 and 2009 sleeveless classic that left shorter or slimmer (or both) women with extra material where they didn't need it, and none where they'd like a bit more for modesty's sake on the road, the 2010 WTF had no returns and nothing but positives from the brave femmes who gave it a try the first time offered sight unseen.
Don't get me wrong, I have every edition of the Roadskater.net jersey and in sleeveless and short sleeves, and I wear all of them. I know little things about some of them that I don't like so much, and I was disappointed in the 2008 sleeveless pattern, and the 2009 looked good in smaller sizes, but the mf'er didn't take much care that year to do additional artwork required to make the larger sizes look good. So 2010 was a big year and I pressed hard early on to find out if I could reach someone who would know more than me about their product, and actually care how it came out.
We got that this year, and the results were exciting, and I felt confident enough to even add a new women's design, something I never felt comfortable adding to the mix earlier because of other problems.
But now I am thrilled to say come and get it! The RSN logo will be big and bold no matter what color you stir it in, and that is the way it should be! Always was! Balance the strong and the beautiful!
If you like the previous road classic sizing and relaxed fit, stick with that, I'd say. The supersoft wicking fabric and supersweet 19" zipper are the same that we've always had and these are key components that go into making the Roadskater.net great enough to keep ordering year after year. Like the OMG CLASSIC, the WTF has 3 pockets on the lower back of the jersey like all we've ordered since we began in 2005.
Ordering is open to all sizes of course. Here's a WOMEN'S SPECIALTY FIT CHART and this chart is NOT for the OMG Original More Generous classic club fit we've been using. Please note that I am also going to set XS as the smallest size for the OMG jerseys. Women who might order XS and even larger sizes in Classic OMG should consider ordering the Women's fit I think, especially if you like a trimmer midsection fit. You can get SHORT sleeves or NO sleeves as with the other jerseys. The WTF was a huge hit among all who ordered it, and women who ordered the classic OMG jersey were equally happy this year...it was a good year for ordering!
WOMEN'S TRIM FIT CHART
WOMEN'S TRIM FIT CHART
[END OF WTF WOMEN'S TRIM FIT SIZE CHART SECTION]
NOT SURE BETWEEN SHORT SLEEVE AND NO SLEEVE SLEEVELESS?
Some ask which sleeve style I and others like among the Roadskater.net jerseys. If I were going to get just one jersey, I'd likely get the short sleeved, since it has more fabric and thus more decoration, and it can be used in winter with arm warmers with no gaps, and in summer with sleeves rolled under (they stay up better if rolled under rather than over). I wear the sleeveless often in late May through August, but sometimes I wear the short sleeved if there's a cool early morning rollout, and later in the day when it gets hot, I roll the sleeves under. I think sizing is more forgiving with short sleeves too.
But it's hard to deny that on a really smokin' hot humid day, the NO sleeve sleeveless are awesome. Others covet the sleeveless since there are not so many skating or cycling jerseys available that way. I can't imagine not having a handful of each available, but still, if I could get only one, I'd lean toward the SHORT sleeved version.