Castelli Donnina Rain Jacket - Women's
Prepare yourself for everything from an all-day drizzle to a surprise torrential downpour mid-climb with Castelli's Donnina Rain Jacket. Small enough to be stowed away in a jersey pocket, the shell is made with Castelli's proprietary eVent waterproof fabric, with stretch inserts at the arms, sides, and shoulders that move with you as you're riding. Castelli includes fully-taped seaming as well as a Vislon zipper for full waterproof construction on the jacket, so you can ride in any amount of rain without worrying that the jacket will eventually soak through.
Adding its signature minimal but effective details, Castelli extended the collar of the Donnina to provide additional coverage against the rain, and it lowered the bottom hem to create a spray flap. The other side of the waistband is coated in silicone to keep it in place as you ride, and Castelli ensures the jacket promotes visibility on brooding, rainy days by including reflective trim on all sides. When the downpour does start, make sure to seal the wrist cuffs of the jacket with the quick-lock drawstring, and put your ride essentials in the two rear pockets for safe keeping.
Santini Oro Short Sleeve Jersey - Women's
You know how some jerseys are constructed with all the right fabrics, but have a really poor design that's either sloppy or overly restrictive? Well, not here. The Santini Women's Oro Short Sleeve Jersey hugs your body in just the right places, but without being overly tight like some racier jerseys out there. It's constructed of smooth-wearing Indoor fabric, which is comprised of polyamide and elastane for just the right blend of support and stretch.
This soft-wearing Indoor fabric quickly moves perspiration off your body and breathes well, meaning you won't be susceptible to overheating in warmer conditions. Additionally, you'll find the jersey has stretch panels along the sides, so you're never held back from sprinting out of the saddle or giving everything you've got on an especially tiresome climb. It's finished with three generously sized rear pockets, so you can easily store your spare bottles, extra layers, and nutritional essentials on the road.
Castelli Free Aero Race 4 Limited Edition Bib Short - Women's
Designers at Castelli took things seriously when they teamed up with Team Sky to engineer the Free Aero Race 4 Limited Edition Bib Shorts. This meant taking trips all over France, England, and Belgium to gather every bit of feedback possible to fine-tune these race-ready bibs. The result: a feather-light aerodynamic bib that combines Castilli's Vortex dimpled fabric to slice through the wind and gain every second of free speed you can, paired with Forza fabric that stretches gently around your muscles for a next to skin fit. While you may be familiar with the Free Aero Race 4 from previous years, the 2019 sees a few upgrades above years past — like a new leg gripper that pairs with the lie-flat raw-cut edge, with vertical silicone stripes to lock your hem in place, along with upgrades to last year's fabrics.
Seams have been updated to dial in the fit for comfort, so the short tapers to your body for a flattering profile. On top, the bib straps have been re-engineered to help you stay cooler, with stripe-mesh that's built to keep you cooler than before, and lie flat for a sleek silhouette under your favorite jersey. They're finished off with the kind of support from beneath that we expect from Castelli — the Progetto X2 Air seamless chamois that features buttery-soft surface fabric that's gentle against your most sensitive anatomy, and cushions you with perforated multi-density foam that soaks up harsh vibrations from the road, while allowing sweat to escape so you feel fresh through every mile.
Club Ride Apparel Ida Jersey - Women's
It's hard to beat long summer rides that have you out from dawn to dusk, and Club Ride's Ida Jersey makes the ideal companion for your all-day endeavors. Don't let its long sleeve fool you, this top is ideal for sun protection, and features lightweight, pinhole mesh sleeves to let the breeze in, while keeping the sun off of your shoulders. It's constructed with a raglan sleeves that keep the lightest fabric on your arms, and a relaxed fit that won't restrict you when you're booking it into berms, and pushing up root-latticed climbs. In front the Ida Jersey features four snaps to let you drop heat when things get a little toasty, and just in case you need a little extra storage, the back features two huge drop-in pockets for stashing an extra water bottle, or your gummy bears for rewarding yourself when you've conquered the steep climb to the summit.
Castelli Tabula Rasa Cap - Women's
Gore Wear C5 Bib Shorts+ - Women's
You have serious goals for this cycling season, but you won't be meeting them with saddle sores and hot spots from your 5-year-old bib shorts. Not to worry though, the Gore Wear C5 Bib Shorts+ are ready to wrap around your legs with a warm hug, and a supportive chamois that lets you relax on the saddle with minimal chaffing and pain, all without breaking your summer upgrade budget. The C5 Bib Shorts+ are designed for the dedicated cyclist, cut to hold your muscles and reduce fatigue while shielding you from wind, and loading you with women's specific features to keep you comfortable all day.
It's no secret that we have different anatomy than men, and with the differences come some issues with the logistics of bibs. Gore tackles some of these differences with features like a dual-zippered back that allows for easy nature breaks, and a center clip in the front of the bib that minimizes friction and secures at your breastbone. When you're halfway up a canyon and giving it your all, the mesh bibs pull away sweat, working to keep you cool and comfortable while you're hammering away. Underneath it all Gore places an Advanced Women's inset with Gore Windstopper Cup technology. This chamois uses multi-density foam contoured to support us where we need it most, and relieve pressure where we want a little bit less bulk. Its smooth upper does its best to fight chaffing, so you can stay comfortable for the long miles in the saddle.
Giordana Lungo Sleeveless Jersey - Women's
While the more traditional cyclists in the Competitive office might turn up their noses at a sleeveless jersey, those of us who just like riding our bikes can't deny the comfort of ditching the sleeves on occasion. Giordana's Lungo Sleeveless Jersey indulges this impulse, letting us cool off on particularly hot summer days or even out our tan lines when that upper arm boundary is getting a bit too sharp. Except for the obvious difference, the Lungo sleeveless is largely the same as its sleeved counterpart: a jersey built for comfortable miles in a non-race silhouette that doesn't dilute the experience of a ride with sub-par craftsmanship and materials.
Giordana has long been known for its FormaRed line, which has been joined on the luxury/racing spectrum by the EXO and NXG lines of late. The Lungo kit enjoys that same devotion to the highest quality fabrics and attention to detail, but with a more accommodating fit that priveleges everyday comfort.
Unsatisfied with fabric options when designing the Lungo, Giordana stepped away from its previous choices to chart new territory within the swim and undergarment industry. While it makes no specific information available on fabric composition, we do know that the silky, soft fabric that constitutes the Lungo represents a significant step forward for the brand for its lightness and breathability and perhaps marks an indication of what the future of cycling kit will look like. Giordana succeeded admirably in achieving a truly contoured fit for the Lungo that feels tailored around the shoulders and waist, complete with a short torso with a wide gripper in back and a slim folded seam along the front. The construction is ideal for following your body movements in the saddle and staying in place without fuss.
Three roomy rear pockets and a smooth zipper that ends at a well-shaped, comfortable collar round out the rest of the design and give it long and short-ride functionality. Most of us have experienced making some compromises in fit when buying cycling apparel, and it's frustrating and unsatisfying. With the sleeveless Lungo, Giordana adds another option to the growing list of commendably well-tailored women's kit that leave little to be desired and lets you leave the sleeves at home.
Fox Racing Defend Long-Sleeve Jersey - Women's
Cover yourself in the sleek style and comfortable protection of Fox Racing's Defend Jersey next time you hit the trail. Wicking and breathable TruDri fabrics work to keep you comfortably dry as you sweat it out in the saddle all day long, and the mesh backpanel enhances cooling breathability when you're wearing a pack.