12 Jersey and Bib Com­bos for Long, Hot Rides

Make sure you kit up right so you’re com­fort­able out on the road

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Make sure you kit up right so you’re com­fort­able out on the road

The Sport­ful Giara jersey ($150, mvc46.eu) is stylish with­out be­ing showy. The heathered polyester fab­ric at the shoul­ders, up­per chest and back is soft and com­fort­able. The Giara line’s sig­na­ture re­flec­tive strips at the chest and left arm pop and add an el­e­ment of safety. The Sport­ful Giara bib shorts ($150) com­ple­ment the jersey nicely. The mesh back and straps sit well against your skin. The Giara set is great for long rides. You’ll also look a bit classier at the café than some of the oth­ers in your group. Call it a café-style kom. The Castelli En­trata 2 jersey ($110, mvc46.eu) has long mesh cuffs that of­fer top ven­ti­la­tion and grip. The mesh on the sides of the jersey also lets air in and fa­cil­i­tates the gar­ment’s fit. It will feel right when you’re in the drops or up on the tops. While the ride may start cook­ing, you won’t. Though the Castelli Evoluzione 2 bib shorts ($120) are geared to­ward new road­ies, the chamois, the Kiss Air seat pad, is top-notch. The shorts are made mostly from Prodry Soft, a fab­ric with two lay­ers. The outer layer is ny­lon and the in­ner one is polyester. The com­bi­na­tion is durable and gets sweat away from your skin. The only el­e­ments that lack re­fine­ment are the cuffs: there’s a thick over­lap where pan­els meet. Still, the bibs are com­fort­able and weigh in at a re­spectable 177 g. Get rid­ing cow­boy. The Bi­cy­cle Line Dal­las short sleeve jersey

($130, arg-sports.com) has a retro look with its colours and raglan sleeves that ex­tend all the way to the col­lar. At the end of each sleeve, there is a 45-mm-long grip­per cuff to keep things in place. The gar­ment of­fers a Ul­tra­vi­o­let Pro­tec­tion Fac­tor (upf) of more than 50, which means it blocks roughly 98 per cent of the UV ra­di­a­tion hit­ting the fab­ric. It’s light, too, perfect for hot, sunny days. The three cargo pock­ets of­fer a nice amount of stretch when you are stuff­ing them with gels and bars. For the bib shorts, head to the cap­i­tal of Texas. The Bi­cy­cle Line Austin bib shorts ($180) have a fine mesh back to let sweat through. The Vuelta+ chamois has an in­ter­est­ing de­sign. It’s made up of six multi-level gel pads that have three dis­tinct shapes for fore, mid and aft pads. The grip­per cuffs that hold the legs in place re­sem­ble the cuffs on the jersey. The Mavic Cos­mic Graphic jersey ($120, mavic.com) has a snug, pro fit. A sil­i­cone elas­tic grip­per around the waist makes sure the jersey stays in place. Mesh un­der the arms gets air to your skin. Speak­ing of skin, the Skin Wick ST fab­ric that makes up most of the jersey does just what its name in­di­cates: draws sweat away from your body. On the match­ing Mavic Cos­mic bib shorts ($140) that Skin Wick ST fab­ric with its abra­sion re­sis­tance also makes the gar­ment durable. The shorts have airy straps and back to keep you cool. The bibs use an Ergo 3d En­durance Insert for com­fort, sup­port and mois­ture man­age­ment. The chamois is made of two per­fo­rated foams with dif­fer­ent den­si­ties and thick­nesses cov­ered with a soft lin­ing.

The top-of-the-line jersey by Van­cou­ver-based Jakroo is the Nova ($179, jakroo.ca). It’s light and hugs your body like you and your bike hug cor­ners in a race. A solid grip­per at the waist keeps the jersey from shift­ing. The col­lar is quite soft and com­fort­able. Also at the top end are the Jakroo So­lar Pro bib shorts ($215). Their solid straps stretch well along their length but not their width to im­prove their fit. The mesh back panel of­fers a lot of stretch to the side and a bit ver­ti­cally. Long 65-mm grip­per cuffs keep the shorts’ legs in place as your legs spin the ped­als. New to cy­cling? Start here. MEC’S Bolt jersey ($59, mec.ca) has a light, airy, re­laxed cut. The zip­per comes half­way down the front to al­low for more ven­ti­la­tion. The jersey’s polyester fab­ric is made from a high per­cent­age of re­cy­cled ma­te­rial. Its back pock­ets will hold your es­sen­tials se­curely, but are loose enough to let you grab a gel eas­ily with one hand while the other holds the han­dle­bars steady. The MEC Bolt bibs ($119) are snug but not ag­gres­sively so with comfy mesh straps. The magic of bib shorts, of course, is in the straps. With­out them, you’d sim­ply have shorts with a waist­line that many find un­com­fort­able. If you haven’t tried bibs yet, now’s the time. With the Bolt, even ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers will like the straigh­ta­head ap­proach of the gar­ment’s con­struc­tion.

The POC Fondo Gra­di­ent clas­sic jersey ($150, poc­sports. com) has an an­gle. Well, a grade specif­i­cally, which is 19.8 per cent, the max­i­mum gra­di­ent on the Kapel­muur in Bel­gium. The climb was re­in­stated this year in the Tour of Flan­ders. The jersey’s ode to the Muur con­tin­ues on the back above the right pocket where it reads “989 m, 0 hair­pin bends, 92 m ver­ti­cal climb.” As this jersey has “fondo” in its name, it seems the best time to wear this piece is dur­ing the Tour of Flan­ders sportive. If you’re more keen on the Alp d’huez (12 per cent) or the Passo dello Stelvio (7.4 per cent), the blue or pink ver­sions, re­spec­tively, are for you. The con­tours of the POC Con­tour bib shorts ($280) may be in the chamois. It’s seam­less, but has sil­i­cone in­serts that dampen vi­bra­tions and im­prove air­flow. The Gior­dana Moda “Sweet Es­cape” Te­nax Pro jersey ($210, un­oim­ports.com) has a more re­laxed fit than the com­pany’s FR-C Pro, but the Te­nax is by no means floppy. The sleeves fea­ture a soft, al­most slip­pery fab­ric with tiny per­fo­ra­tions. There’s a grip­per at the back waist to keep the jersey in po­si­tion. Two re­flec­tive tabs at the waist and one cov­er­ing the small zip­per pocket at the back will re­flect light to make you a bit more vis­i­ble on the road. On the front and side pan­els, the Gior­dana FR-C women’s bib short ($295) uses the com­pany’s most com­pres­sive Ly­cra, known as hc50. “HC” refers to “high com­pres­sion” while “50” de­notes the num­ber of threads per square cen­time­tre. The in­ner leg and seat pan­els use a more durable fab­ric to re­sist abra­sion. The waist is well-de­signed and max­i­mizes com­fort. In­side, the Women’s Cirro Om­ni­form chamois has aloe vera en­gi­neered into its ma­te­rial, which will fight bac­te­ria growth.

While the colours of the Garneau Course 2 women’s jersey

($200. garneau.com) do pop, it’s the tech­ni­cal fea­tures that are most no­table. On the sleeves, the Vec­tor Skin fab­ric is em­bossed, which im­proves aero­dy­nam­ics. The back pock­ets are not sewn di­rectly into the back panel as they are with most jer­seys. In­stead, the pock­ets “float” to keep ten­sion off your back. The mid­dle of the back panel and the pock­ets have re­flec­tive el­e­ments for your safety. The Garneau Course Race 2 women’s bib shorts ($300) have sus­penders with a clasp at the front to make for speed­ier na­ture breaks. The shorts are made from the Lgneer fab­ric. It’s used to make three com­pres­sion zones. At the quads, there’s more com­pres­sion to help those mus­cles. At the hips, there’s less com­pres­sion to fa­cil­i­tate the move­ment that comes with ped­alling. The lo­gos of­fer a disco-ball like re­flec­tiv­ity. In the Pearl Izumi lineup, Elite des­ig­nates the sec­ond-tier clothes be­neath Pro. Still, the Pearl Izumi Elite Pur­suit LTD women’s jersey ($160, pearl­izumi.com) gives you top-end fea­tures. There’s the Elite Trans­fer Dry fab­ric that moves mois­ture off of your skin and brings it to the sur­face of the jersey. The breeze, whether on a de­scent or from a nasty head­wind, then takes care of the sweat. The sleeves use a high-stretch ma­te­rial for fit and com­fort. For your safety, Pearl Izumi’s Bioviz re­flec­tive el­e­ments are at work in low­light con­di­tions. While the Pearl Izumi Elite Pur­suit bib shorts ($200) are tech­ni­cally bibs, their drop-tail con­struc­tion means they’re al­most as easy to man­age as shorts. The straps are only at­tached to the shorts at the front, which makes for eas­ier bath­room breaks. The Elite Trans­fer In-r-cool fab­ric pow­ered by Cold­black does a good job of keep­ing you cool. while pro­tect­ing you from most of the sun’s harm­ful rays.

They’ll see you com­ing, which is a good thing. The Bon­trager Meraj Halo women’s cy­cling jersey ($230, bon­trager.com) not only pops with its flu­o­res­cent colour, dubbed “vis­i­bil­ity yel­low,” but the com­pany’s Pixel re­flec­tive tech­nol­ogy, which is mostly on the jersey’s back, picks up the light from cars very well. The 25-mm-wide grip­per cuffs keep the jersey sleeves in place. A sim­i­lar style of grip­per is at work at the waist, too. Added to the three stan­dard pock­ets at the back is a sweat-proof, zip­per pocket for a phone. The legs on the Bon­trager Meraj Women’s bib short ($230) won’t ride up thanks to the 40-mm-wide grip­per cuffs. You can snug up the thin straps when you need to dial in your fit, but you can also slip them off quickly when it’s time for a break. The short is made of mul­ti­ple pan­els to op­ti­mize com­fort and com­pres­sion. Also for com­fort, the Arca in­form Bio­dy­namic chamois from Italy uses dual-den­sity foam. You’ll only have to get out of the sad­dle when it’s time to sprint. Biemme’s jersey is aptly named Sharp ($129, log­i­cas­port. com). It looks great and per­forms well on the road. It has su­per light and airy side, sleeve and back pan­els. In­stead of three pock­ets at the back, the jersey has two large pock­ets that you get into through a pocket at each side. The straigh­ta­head Biemme Iden­tity women’s bib shorts ($129) have a pro fit. Its soft mesh straps lie nicely on your shoul­ders. Flat-lock stitch­ing, which goes un­no­ticed against your skin, joins the var­i­ous pan­els. The bibs have a short in­seam, about 13 cm. Depend­ing on your ro­ta­tion of cy­cling kits, you could be show­ing off your knife-edge tan lines when you rock these bibs.

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