Santini Tora bibs and jersey£199.98

Cycling kit for hot weather

BikeRadar score5/5

This jersey (£99.99) uses Santini’s most form-fitting race cut. Its rear panel is cut from an ultra-light mesh bordered across the midriff and sides with stretch fabric. The result is highly supportive and feels great. 

Shoulder panels use a lighter, less compressive but still close-fitting fabric, giving great freedom of movement. The back has a full-length Scotchlite reflective and three impressively non-sagging fabric pockets.

The front panel is a continuation of the compressive side panel, and doesn’t bunch at all. The flush-fitting zip is full length for maximum cooling. The cuffs and hem use secure, wide waffle-cut elastic bands.

The shorts (also £99.99) feature Santini’s brilliant breathable NAT chamois and NEXT gel pad, among the most comfortable we’ve tried. The outer thighs use heavier Lycra for a highly supportive fit, the remainder is a lighter, highly elastic Lycra. 

The cuffs and bib use waffle-woven 5cm bands – fast drying, comfortable and superbly grippy. The simple design is among the lightest around.

Both shorts and top are very impressive: great styling, comfortable pad, close-cut, supportive and top-quality wicking fabrics. It’s a perfect outfit for hot, long rides.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need.
  • Discipline: Road
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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