- Time to fire up Strava and notch some Queen of the Hill climbs. Check out our favorite women's road biking essentials from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide.
Giant Avail Comp 2 bikeThe new Comp 2 hits the sweet spot: the carbon fork helped smooth out road rattle on a southern Vermont century ride, and thanks to Giant’s economy of scale, it’s spec’d with parts that would normally run you an extra grand. ($1,975)
Tifosi Radius sunglassesNo-slip adjustable temples keep them firmly in place, so you can focus on the road, while high-contrast lenses help you detect irregularities in the pavement. ($60)
Castelli Compatto Lite jacketDespite its tiny size (packs into a fist-size bundle), the Compatto is nearly waterproof (cut from Gore Windstopper fabric) and luxe (we loved the soft microfiber flip-up collar). ($175)
Sugoi RPM-X jerseyThree reasons this was our top jersey: (1) it’s shapely but not overly tight, (2) the polyester fabric wicks moisture but feels like cotton, and (3) it’s super breathable, thanks to collarbone vents and underarm mesh. ($60)
Giro Amare helmetThe flexible internal harness on the Amare looked delicate but proved durable. It’s pricey, but it’s also the most ventilated helmet we tested. ($180)
Giro Solara shoesThe Solara is almost as light and stiff as Giro’s top shoe—and costs nearly half as much. ($150)
Gore Bike Wear Power 2 Lady glovesStretchy mesh panels on the palms and backs give these gloves a flexible fit for any hand shape. They also aid breathability without diminishing grip. ($40)
Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool shortsA fancy fabric treatment reflects the sun’s heat and really does help keep you cooler. They also fit better than most shorts, thanks to silicone leg bands that stay put without cutting off circulation. ($110)
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