With Summer just around the corner, it’s time to ditch the layers and add some colour to our lives. Finding theright summer cycling kit isn’t just about finding something that looks nice. The perfect summer kit has to be able to marry both style and performance to keep you comfortable when you’re putting in the hours under the summer sun. Thankfully the competition between brands is heating up with more cycling brands understanding the importance of creating women’s cycling kits that are tailored to women’s needs over the summer months. We’ve searched brands from all around the world to see what gear they’re dishing up with summer.
Velocio Origami and Lela Rose Popy Kit
For us, Velocio takes out the top spot this summer for women’s hottest cycling kits with two submmissions to our list. Velocio’s signature style is bold yet simple. We fell in love with the RECON hardshell jackets over winter which looked stylish both on and off the bike. So you can imagine our excitement to see how Velocio are brightening our rides this summer.
The Origami Kit is designed for the rider who appreciates simplicity but values individuality. With a minimalist design in ultra light fabric, this kit will keep you looking and feeling cool no matter what the gradient.
Match it with: Velocio Signature Coolmax Socks
The second entry is the Lela Rose Poppy kit which is a collaboration with New York based fashion designer Lela Rose. This kit certainly brings some glamour to the bike without compromising on functionality or form. The ES Kit is the basis of the design so you know that you’re going to get all riding riding comfort not matter the conditions. The best part? There is also the Lela Rode Poppy windvest to make sure you can get a few more months of wear from your new favourite kit.
Match it with: Swiftwick Aspire Four Razzel Red socks
Although their kits to tip the higher end of the pricing scale, they’re worth the investment. Classic designs and ultra high quality fabrics mean these kits will never go out of style, nor will they go out of shape.
The team at Velocio haven’t forgotten about the guys this season. The Velocio men’s ES Jersey also makes an appearance on our list of hottest men’s kits this summer .
Push Harder Block Sleeveless
Suns Out, Guns Out. The Push Harder Block Sleeve jersey is one of the few sleeveless jerseys we’d be seen in. While most sleeveless designs scream triathlete, the Push Harder block design is understated sophistication on sweltering hot summer days. The silicone-coated elastic on the bottom stops is from riding up around your chest and the long self-locking zip ensures maximum ventilation. The best part is that it will double nicely as your new favourite spin class jersey.
Match it with: DeeFeet Aireator 4″ Charleston socks
Fondo’s Honey Kit
The latest spring 2016 collection from the team at Fondo is SWEET! As usual, Fondo kits are designed specifically for women with comfort, performance and style all taking priority in the design. Their Honey Kit is no exception.
One of our favourite parts of the Fondo kits is the race cut which fit firmly up against the body to provide additional comfort and support. Not to mention minimising any extra bulging means it’s a lot more flattering!
Match it with: Pongo Staples Collection Black Dotty
La Passione Summer Checked Jersey in Raspberry
La Passion live up to the quality that you would expect from Italian designed and made garments. Their women’s range of summer and winter jersey’s feature timeless designs that will have you cycling all year round. Their summer checked jerseys feature ‘micro mesh side panels providing excellent ventilation and moisture-wicking, with a close-fitting aero cut specifically created for women.’ We love that these jerseys come is a range of classic colours, but our pick is the rasberry. Bright and feminine without looking like a pedaling ball of fairy floss.
Match it With: La Passion Checked White and Raspberry Socks
Machines For Freedom
If you’re looking for a high quality and versatile jersey to get you around this summer, the Machines for Freedom Geo Print jersey is just that. The pattern was the first thing to catch our eye. MFF said they pretty much ‘take your grandmother’s favorite pattern, chop it up into modern, geometric angles and transform it into streamlined, yet elegant addition to your closet.’ Not only does this ultra soft fabric feel amazing against your skin, the high quality European fabric also works to keep you cool, dry and protected with their SPF50 rating.
Yes you need the matching cap.
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Comment below and let us know what you’ll be rolling around in this summer.