Jerseys & Shorts

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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Pearl Izumi Symphony Cut Shorts

Style, meet function. Function, meet style. I love cycling. I have never liked cycling shorts. They're almost always black, they've got that big pad, They're too long and they have no style. Sure, They're functional. Not good enough. Substance without style ain't enough for me. Style, c'est la femme!

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Nalini Apus Men's Bib Shorts

Nalini trades off the knowledge the company gleans from working with the pros (Nalini outfits eight European teams in the pro peloton) in making the apparel they market to recreational riders and amateur racers. It shows through clearly in the Apus bibs. If you're looking for snug-fitting, light compression, top quality bibs — and don't mind paying a premium price for premium quality — the Apus may be for you.

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