Just in: New kit from Santini, MOA Sport, Pistard and Abus

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Santini's new Downtown range is due in stores this autumn, and we've been given a sneak peek at what to expect from the Italian company. The collection is aimed at city riders and combines technical performance with a look that's designed to suit the urban environment.

The 'Paris' jacket we tried certainly ticked the right boxes for town use – it wouldn't look too out of place if you wore it off the bike. The medium we tried was a normal UK medium size, unlike a lot of undersized European brands, and offered a comfortable, slim fit.

It’s a double-layer stretch jacket, and its long back and high front give it an ergonomic design perfect for riding. Features include an internal elasticated windbreaker, a full-length zip with button closure at the neck, two zipped front pockets, a rear zip with covering and rear reflective detailing. RRP is yet to be confirmed – for more information, visit www.santinisms.it.

Santini paris jacket:

The Paris jacket from Santini's new Downtown collection wouldn't look out of place off the bike

MOA Sport

This week we also got a glimpse at another winter 2011/12 collection, this time from fellow Italian manufacturers MOA Sport and aimed at road riders rather than commuters. Made from the company's proprietary Kamaltex fabric – a thermo regulating membrane – the waterproof and windproof Sirma jacket certainly stacks up in the technical department, and its shiny, almost reflective, black finish gives it a distinctive look.

An inner fleece lining, restricted to the lower back, will keep the wind off in winter. Features include detachable arms for warmer conditions, vents on the upper back and rear reflective details. It has an anatomical design, which means a tight fit all round, and is a high fit on the front and back. RRP £199.

MOA kamallight bianco jacket:

The Sirma jacket has some neat features but the shiny look won't appeal to all

The Kletno jersey is part of the same range as the Sirma and has a similar fit. It's made from a high performance stretch fabric called Mitiotech, with a fleece lining on the inside and a low back. The lack of reflective detailing and its colour mean we'd avoid using it as an outer layer in winter. RRP £125.

MOA atene/dolomiti long sleeve jersey:

The Kletno jersey's stretchy fabric provides a comfortable fit

Complementing the MOA range are the Anapa gloves, made from a water and wind resistant material called mantoVent. Fleece lined throughout, they look like they should offer great protection throughout the winter, but are thin enough to be worn during spring and early summer. RRP £49. For more information about MOA Sport clothing, visit www.moasport.it.

MOA thermosport gloves:

The Anapa gloves are water and wind resistant, with a fleecy inner


The third Italian brand to grace this week's round-up are urban and road specialists Pistard. Started by two cycling enthusiasts in 2010, the company's goal is to produce high quality, Italian-made technical cycle wear which is comfortable and fashionable at the same time. At the moment you can only buy products from their website, www.pistard.cc, but they're on the hunt for distributors.

The Bike Pants are Pistard's attempt to create a pair of trousers that can be worn as comfortably in the office as they can on the bike. They're made by hand using a specially treated technical fabric that's claimed to offer excellent temperature control and not to absorb sweat or retain odours. A hidden button and tab on the inside of the right leg does away with the need for trouser clips. RRP £127.


Pistard bike pants:

Pistard's Bike Pants look and feel like normal office trousers

Pistard say their Windproof Cycling Jacket is suitable for use in varying weather conditions thanks to its heat-regulating membrane and breathability. Features include a full-length zip and two zipped front pockets. There are a couple of small reflective strips on the back, but no rear pocket. RRP £95.

Pistard windproof cycling jacket:

Pistard's Windproof Cycling Jacket has a slightly shiny finish and some Rapha-esque pink drawcords at the waist

The Milano is a traditional looking jersey made of a merino wool/polyester mix. It has five pockets on the back, one of them waterproof to protect valuables. Complementary fleece-lined arm warmers are included with the jersey for chillier mornings. RRP £110.

Pistard milano jersey:

The Milano jersey comes with matching red arm warmers

Finally, Pistard’s bib shorts are made of multiple panels to ensure a good fit, with a Cytech pad, mesh panelling on the back for improved breathability and silicone grippers on the legs. RRP £102.

Pistard cycling bib:

Pistard's bibs have all the features you'd expect for comfortable riding

Abus Urban 16.5 litre Office Bag

Sticking with the European theme, German company Abus's new 16.5 litre office bag can be attached to bike panniers or carried by hand like a briefcase. It's made from water-repellent 1260D Oxford Nylon and Koskin 6100. Its padded grip and shoulder belt should ensure comfortable carrying, while reflective logos and piping give good visibility. Supplied with a rain cover, it costs £89.99. More info can be found at www.abus.de.

Abus urban 16.5 litre office bag:

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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