2013 Women's Road-Biking Essentials

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. (Inga Hendrickson)

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 bike

The 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)

Giant Avail Comp 2 bike
(Inga Hendrickson)


Tifosi Radius sunglasses

No-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)

Tifosi Radius sunglasses
(Inga Hendrickson)


Castelli Compatto Lite jacket

Despite 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)

Castelli Compatto Lite jacket
(Inga Hendrickson)


Sugoi RPM-X jersey

Three 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)

Sugoi RPM-X jersey
(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro Amare helmet

The 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 Amare helmet
(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro Solara shoes

The Solara is almost as light and stiff as Giro’s top shoe—and costs nearly half as much. ($150)

Giro Solara shoes
(Inga Hendrickson)


Gore Bike Wear Power 2 Lady gloves

Stretchy 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)

Gore Bike Wear Power 2 Lady glo
(Inga Hendrickson)


Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool shorts

A 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)

Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool sho
(Inga Hendrickson)

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