Our standout items of clothing
Met Manta helmet £179.99, met-helmets.com
Few helmets I’ve tested achieve such a good balance of weight, ventilation and proven aerodynamic benefits as the Met Manta. At 200g (size medium) and with a really comfortable fit, I barely knew I had it on, and despite its aerodynamic prowess I never felt in danger of overheating, even in the desert.
Santini Tono jersey and bibshorts £79.99, £134.99, zyrofisher.co.uk
This jersey is great for the UAE. Its highly perforated Sesia micro-mesh construction is exceptionally light and breathable, not to mention aero. It’s not one for riders who need to lose a few kilos, though, and with only minimal UV protection you won’t want to forget suntan lotion. The bibshorts proved highly comfortable on long rides, too.
Alé R-EV1 Strada Race Suit £180, paligap.cc
I loved both the look and the fit of this Alé race suit. OK, I admit it, I liked the look more. I know it’s subjective, but I think there’s truth in the notion that if you’re wearing something that makes you feel great, it’s a performance advantage on some level. Plus it was still really comfortable even after a full day in the saddle.