Northwave Extreme 3 jersey & bibs review

Italian style, quality and comfort

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Unmistakably Italian, Northwave offers riders stylish kit from shoes to glasses — and its cutting-edge looks are certainly on show with this Extreme 3 outfit.

Northwave Extreme 3 jersey

  • Price: £75
The jersey is astonishingly comfortable during hot weather
The jersey is astonishingly comfortable during hot weather

The Extreme 3 jersey uses Sensitive Plus fabric, that’s thin enough to see through up close, but still provides UPF50+ protection and feels durable. It stretches in all directions, creating a snug yet flattering fit and feels soft on the skin.

Providing structure, the semi-transparent mesh-reinforced fabric side panels and rear pockets allow more defined stretch. The waist and pockets are kept in check by silicone strip-backed elastic at the front, with a thinner, stretchier Lycra gripper on the rear.

The sleeves have generous length and raw-cut cuffs with a printed silicone strip inside for ideal positioning. In hot weather, it is astonishingly comfortable, maintaining impressive dryness and comfort, even without a base layer.

Northwave Extreme 3 bib shorts

  • Price: £90
The Extreme 3 shorts are built around a K130 3D pad
The Extreme 3 shorts are built around a K130 3D pad

The Extreme 3 shorts are built around a K130 3D pad, with a flat top and contoured underside. It’s heavily perforated, but conforms to your shape, with shock-reducing density. 

The fabric is highly elastic, with neat, flatlocked seams, and a smooth, almost slippery feel. They have a reassuring, compressive feel, and the wide 270-degree silicone-backed elastic leg gripper works with the remaining raw-edge Lycra panel for an effective, non-aggressive leg hold.

All-mesh, lightweight bibs ensure an ideal fit while aiding ventilation. On every ride, in a variety of temperatures, the Extreme 3s have proved incredibly comfortable.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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