The white cross and red field of Switzerland's unusually shaped flag was originally inspired by strips of white cloth crossed perpendicularly on the clothing of 14th century soldiers as a field mark for identification. It was later adopted on the battle standards of various Swiss Cantons. In the 21st century, Spartacus still rides to battle at the Worlds girt with the iconic cross of the Assos SS. suissefedjerseyevo7. Though the civilian version omits the official jersey's green panels and sponsor branding, it's still built from the same Assos Type 151 fabric. This innovative material was designed with body temperature regulation in mind, as its composition works to transfer moisture at varying rates. When your body is hot, and your perspiration levels are high, the material reacts by accelerating moisture transfer from your skin to the fabric's quick drying surface. When your body cools down, evaporation slows, using body moisture as a means of retaining warmth. For additional body temperature control and increased moisture wicking, the Swiss jersey's underarm panels have been constructed with Assos' highly elastic, lightweight mesh. The placement of this material provides you with both a free range of motion and enhanced breathability. The jersey also fits the same as the jerseys worn by Switzerland's Worlds contingency, so it's tight and sleek. There's no compromising extra material to flap about in the wind, and it's built to accommodate the various postures and movements you make in the saddle. It's also got the small details that you'd expect from Assos. In addition to the three lower back panel pockets, a zippered safety pocket was sewn onto the right rear pocket, allowing you to stash your keys and cash, as well as to route your headphone wires through the inside of the jersey. The jersey is finished with a covered, full front zipper and an elasticsilicone hem at the rear.