Cycling season is upon us and as soon as the legs are shaved and oiled, its time to don this season's kit. Whether or not you are fast, these kits will make you look and feel fast, which is half the battle.
Hincapie Gran Premio Jersey and Bib Shorts: The kit worn by the BMC racing team uses Hincapie's ultra-wicking, temperature-regulating jersey fabric sanded on the inside to be soft on your skin. The body-hugging DimpleTeck fabric is woven to minimize air drag. This kit won’t let you hide anything, including that GU wrapper in your back pocket. Stretch mesh in the jersey and bibs adds flexible ventilation and quick dry times, while compression in the bib legs supports and stabilizes muscles to reduce fatigue. The seamless chamois is anatomical and multi-density perforated foam with a pressure-relieving center channel. And the broad mesh shoulder straps are cool and comfortable on your shoulders. Plus, in this kit you can look pro without paying a premium. Available now, $90/$110, hincapie.com
Louis Garneau Mondo Jersey and Bib: Engineered for aerodynamics, the Louis Garneau Mondo Kit has hemless, single-piece jersey armbands and legbands laser-cut for supersonic jet-like aerodynamics. Mesh side panels are designed for maximum ventilation that doesn’t chafe or irritate. And the bibs are built from Cell-Ion fabric, clinically proven to increase blood flow and blood oxygen levels in the body while balancing body temperature to help athletes achieve maximum performance. There's a reason the Radioshack Nissan Team wears this getup. Available now, $160/$190, louisgarneau.com
Craft Elite Bike Superlight Jersey and Elite Bike Bib Shorts: Craft's Elite Bike collection is all about attention to detail, low weight, maximum moisture transport, awesome aerodynamics and ergonomic fit. The jersey and bib use mesh fabrics with maximum ventilation as well as four-way stretch compression fabrics to reduce muscle vibration and fatigue. And the chamois? Testers called it "very well done"—not bulky, but enough padding for a long ride. Available now, $150/$180, craftsports.us