Pactimo expands reflective line, refines aero cuts

Colorado clothing brand offers performance fabrics at reasonable prices

For spring 2015, Colorado-based clothing company Pactimo has expanded its RFLX reflective line into warm-weather pieces, and stepped up its game with some of the higher-end jerseys while still keeping pricing reasonable.

The new Summit Speed RFLX jersey (US$115 / £80) uses five fabrics including Lycra over the shoulders and front panels for a skinsuit-like feel. As is the race style these days, the Summit went with longer-length set-in sleeves and a low collar. Pactimo has both men's and women's pieces.

The most noticeable component – at least when hit by car headlights – is the RFLX sleeve banding, which pops with reflectivity. Under daylight, however, the design looks normal. 

The light from car headlights — or, here, a camera's flash — illuminate the rflx panels:
The light from car headlights — or, here, a camera's flash — illuminate the rflx panels:

Car headlights — or, here, a camera's flash — illuminate the RFLX panels on the Summit jersey and bib shorts 

The new Summit Raptor RFLX bib shorts (US$175 / £130) use Flash ColdBlack in the Schoeller–Eschler body fabric to deflect heat and RFLX leg bands to reflect headlights. The chamois is by CyTech, the Italian powerhouse factory that makes bib padding for brands around the world.

Like many brands, Pactimo has a good/better/best delineation in its products. The Summit pieces are the top end, the Ascent are the mid-range and the Tour is the most cost-friendly. Pactimo redesigned its Ascent clothing for spring, including the new Ascent 2.0 jersey (US$100 / £60) and Ascent Pro Bib Shorts (US$110 / £80), which also feature a CyTech pad.

Click through the gallery above for a look at more of the 2015 Pactimo clothing line.

The pactimo women's summit rflx jersey:
The pactimo women's summit rflx jersey:

One of the women's Summit RFLX jerseys

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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