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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.

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