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1. PEARL IZUMI VAGABOND JACKET » The versatile Vagabond converts from a weather-resistant jacket to a mild-conditions vest. The close fit never flapped, and the slightly dropped back gave us ample protection even in the drops. $100; pearlizumi.com

2. TERRY PRECISION CYCLING ARM WARMERS » Take the chill out of cold mornings and fast, shady downhills with these flashy arm warmers. They kept one tester smiling for the entire Vermont 50. $20; terrybicycles.com

3. LUNA APPAREL » Strange but true: Energy-bar maker Luna has created a line of performance apparel that testers unanimously praised for non-cycle-dork style. Choose from several fashion-forward designs printed on Sugoi shorts, jerseys, and more. $12–$100; lunabar.com

4. PEARL IZUMI WOMEN'S SYMPHONY ULTRASENSOR SHORT » Ingredients for perfect shorts: a low-profile chamois pad, a fit that flatters many body types, flatlock seams, no pressure points, an external media pocket, and leg grippers that hold without depilating your thighs. All are found here. $95

5. SCOTT SHADOW TANK » Beat the heat with this CoolMax tank. Mesh side panels prevent overheating, and the supportive shelf bra doesn't pinch. Two back pockets hold a ride's worth of snacks. We loved everything but the weird tan lines. $55; scottusa.com

6. TWIN SIX THE BETTY » This head turner says—in a good way—if you've got it, flaunt it. Plus it has a 16-inch invisible zipper and two deep, easy-entry back pockets. $70; twinsix.com

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