Jerseys & Shorts

Jules Threads Women’s Dot Jersey and Bibs

JulesThreads.Dot.Jersey.WEBThis little women's cycling apparel company started life with a small line of gear, but all the pieces are winners. Offering high quality, unique designs and great performance garments at an affordable price make the Jules Threads kit one of my favorites. I see a very bright future for this woman-owned company and can’t wait to see their Fall/Winter collection. I liked the Dots test kit so much that I bought myself the Stripes kit as well. It’s not that I need another kit, but I wanted another kit that so ably combines style and performance.

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pursuit Bib Shorts (Women's & Men's)

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PearlIzumiMensPROPursuitBibShorts.Back.WEBPearl Izumi's P.R.O. Pursuit bib shorts with the new Pursuit 1:1 chamois is a winner. At $180 (USD) for the women's version, and $195 for the men's, the P.R.O. Pursuit offers a good value for high-end bib shorts. Great comfort, moisture transfer, and fit with the right amount of compression makes it great for indoor trainer rides or a long outdoor adventure. These bibs were very dry even after a 50-mile ride in Santa Cruz on a warm, sunny day, and on a century ride in the late spring Georgia heat. Pearl Izumi succeeded in pursuing a winner.

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Pearl Izumi Women’s P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts

PearlIzumiWomensPROEscapeBibs.front.WEBI’ve worn Pearl Izumi products for many years, but never tried their P.R.O. level of apparel (except gloves), Pearl's top of the line. I’m very particular when it comes to chamois comfort, and my first impression of the P.R.O. Escape women’s bibs was very favorable regarding the chamois, as well as the bibs overall. I found the chamois to provide lasting comfort on rides of any length, and the bibs to be sleek and stylish, with nice touches and an overall comfortable fit.

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OORR BOORRD Room Men's Pro Kit

OORRBOORDRoomMensProJersey.WEBOORRBOORDRoomMensProBibs.WEBOverall, I found the jersey and bibs to be very solid garments and I could find no issues related to the recycled content. You simply would never know from the form/fit/function that you are wearing old plastic bottles and used coffee grounds. I applaud OORR for their efforts to make this kit more environmentally friendly and hope to see more manufacturers following suit. As an environmentally friendly option, you can't go wrong with the OORR kit's top-notch comfort and performance.

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OORR Cafe Pro Women's Jersey, Bib Shorts

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Bottom line, I really liked this kit. Between the excellent moisture control, comfort and all-day-ride capable chamois, I give it high marks. The fact that the company is committed to developing eco-friendly apparel is a huge bonus to me. I look forward to OORR expanding its line to include sports bras and other apparel. The unique fabric would be ideal for a variety of sports-related garments. I’ll be keeping my eye on them.

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Roka Pro All-Season Jersey, Pro Bib Shorts

ROKA MENS JERSEY ALL SEASON DARK SLATE FRONT wide grande.WEBROKA MENS BIB DARK SLATE 008 grande.WEBROKA is an American company based in Dallas, Texas, that focuses on triathlon apparel but in late 2015 released its first line of cycling clothing (with running apparel due to be released soon to complete the triathlon trifecta). Knowing that ROKA was reknowned for making comfortable wetsuits, I had high expectations for the comfort and fit of the company's cycling clothing. I put their jersey and bibs through serious miles and weather this spring – and I was not disappointed.

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7mesh S2S Jersey, MK1 Bib Shorts

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I love the subdued styling of the 7mesh kit. There are no crazy colors or huge logos, just classic earthy hues with a small 7mesh logo. Durability has been great through many washings and even a couple cyclocross training wipeouts that the fabrics weathered just fine. The S2S jersey is an entirely different approach to jersey construction that focuses on better moisture management, but it falls a bit short for high summer heat riding. The MK1 bib shorts are easily one of the most comfortable bibs that I have ever used.

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Pearl Izumi Men's P.R.O., Elite In-R-Cool Bib Shorts

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. In R Cool Bib Shorts.web Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. (left) and Elite model In-R-Cool bib shorts are more similar than different. Even though the top-of-the-line P.R.O. has the finishing touches you'd expect, both are outstanding performers for any level rider. Both are rated by Pearl as suited for cyclists who ride 3-7 times a week. Both are comfortable in fit, great performers on the road, and reasonably priced for quality gear.

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Specialized BG RBX Women's Shorts

The first thing I noticed about these shorts was the proper fit. I didn't have to second-guess or size up or down as I've had to with other brands. The next thing I noticed was the leg gripper. A lot of cycling shorts have super-tight gripper bands. Of course, you don't want cycling shorts drifting up your leg when you ride, but you also don't want shorts with a circulation-impeding death grip on your leg.

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Hincapie Edge Jersey and Bib Shorts

I've used the kit for around 30 hours now, and it has become my favorite line of clothing. While not inexpensive, this is some of the best-value clothing from the higher end manufacturers. Once on the road, the quality of fit and comfortable nature are apparent. I highly recommend this set. Just keep in mind the tight-fitting nature of these clothes if you decide to make a purchase. You may want to go with the larger size should you have any doubt.

 

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Wabi Woolens Sports Series Short-Sleeved Cycling Jersey

This jersey from Wabi Woolens comes in red or black. The Wabi Woolens Sports Series short-sleeved wool jersey is the most comfortable of the three merino wool jerseys I've owned so far. Made from Australian wool, it is designed and knitted in Portland, Oregon. I have worn the Wabi Woolens jersey while riding in vastly different weather conditions over several thousand miles in the saddle. Much of the riding was in cold, wet conditions, but I've also worn it in temperatures up to 104F/40C.

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