A cadre of upstart brands is shaking up cycling clothing. Thank God.
DannyShane Red Tornado Plaid
Cut from 50 percent bamboo-blend fabric, this dapper soft top has a network of airy channels that spirited away moisture and kept us cool in the Arizona heat.
We broke out the Grappler on big days in the mountains when we’d be encountering variable temperatures. The performance mesh-poly fabric kept us cool in the foothills, while the sleeves provided warmth when the storms rolled in up high.
Twin Six NWRC
This durable jersey has all the features you want—full zip, large rear pockets, soft wicking fabric, and catchy style—without the eye-watering price tag.
No doubt, the Nishikigoi is stunning, but looks aren’t the whole story with this Aussie label. Nearly transparent mesh sides, wide laser-cut grippers at the waist and sleeves, and a trio of pockets, plus a water-resistant zip pouch, make this top perform as well as anything else out there.
You wear this top and matching bibs (not shown), with their campy, whimsical design, when you want to attract some eyeballs. The jersey makes short work of even the hottest days with its dimpled, silky fabric.
Price $269 for the kit
Rapha Pro Team Aero
In which Rapha, the master of subtle style, gets brassy. We like the soft teal color, and formfitting mesh sleeves and dense, buttery body fabric combine to make this top incredibly slippery in the wind.