Scorching afternoon sun, heavy downpour across the island. Not sure if anyone realised, Summer is officially here. If there is a word of advice we want to give, that is please slap on that sunscreen or any sun protection, unless you are planning to cultivate your cyclist’s tanlines
Well, for starters, Velo Velo doesn’t sell any sunscreens, but it has long been our focus to offer kits that are really suitable for our tropical weather. After dealing with various brands, we’ve curated a collection of kits that we think are better constructed for the heat and humidity.
Here are some recommendations:
SOLITUDE Kit from Pas Normal Studios.
The name is never so relatable as it is now. Riding in solitude and away from everyone else. Finding yourself in this new times of self discovery. With 3 new color and a revamp design of the last Solitude.
The SOLITUDE jersey has full mesh side panels and perforated fabric on the collar, arms and back panel. We find that the mesh side panels provide significantly more ventilation compared to their Mechanism range. Fabric used, proves to be quick drying and low moisture absorption.
Pas Normal Studios Navy Solitude Men's Bib (SGD325)
The SOLITUDE bibs are also Constructed with rectangular perforations and a fine mesh back panel, the soft bib straps offer unrivalled levels of ventilation.
This highly breathable kit should keep you dry and cool in our hot and humid climate. Do take note that the cutting is tight and will usually require a size up from your kits from other brands. Explore the collection here: Pas Normal Studios SOLITUDE
SUPERLIGHT Kit from Katusha Sports
The brand the professionals use. Since its inception, Katusha Sports has been working hand in hand with the world tour riders with each of their kit development, and their obsession with quality has become evident in their selection of fabrics, materials and even their cuttings.
The SUPERLIGHT jersey features 37.5® regular mesh fabric on the front panel and 37.5® superlight mesh fabric under the arms and on the back panel, offering excellent moisture management and fast wicking.
The SUPERLIGHT bibs are also extremely lightweight and highly breathable. It features a wide elasticated mesh band above the knee ensures optimum fit, preventing the "riding up" effect and further reduces overall weight
Combination of stronger linear structured knit fabric on the front and back panels with lightweight fabric on the side panels, creates a perfect balance between weight and durability, coupled with the 37.5® fabric on the jersey should make Katusha SUPERLIGHT the choice for the heat. Explore the collection here: Katusha Sports Superlight
Radiator and Ultralight Kit from Velocio
Easily, one of the most comfortable kits around. Velocio has always believed in making their clothing from the ground up, being all inclusive, experiential and welcoming. That is why you will find their fitting to be more accommodating to various body types.
Velocio Gold Yellow Triangles Ultralight Women's Jersey (SGD170)
The ULTRALIGHT jersey is made from RECYCLED Ultralight Perforated stretch polyester. The minimalist jersey design and collection is made for maximum breathability, minimal weight and exceptional comfort on the hottest of days. The fabric used for the jersey is also updated with SPF30 sun protection. We especially love the low collar design, finally a jersey that doesn’t choke you.
The ULTRALIGHT bibshorts has been redesigned to live up to its name; with an all-new high performance 140gsm stretch woven fabric for the lightest possible weight and higher compression than the previous generation. The innovative fabric provides enhanced breathability and wicking/drying as well as a deep black high opacity finish
The award winning RADIATOR Jersey is Velocio’s answer to the hottest of summer weather. It’s namesake is derived from the magical fabric used across the jersey front - Polartec Delta, a complex knit made with Tencel that actively cools you as you move through the air.
What we love so much from the guys from Velocio is their commitment to ‘A Better Way’, from committing to sourcing their fabric and materials from environmentally responsible suppliers, to giving 1% of its revenue to environmental causes and ensuing their manufacturing partners follow EU labor guidelines which oversee conditions of employment, discrimination, equal pay and the protection of pregnant workers. Explore the collection here: Velocio Ultralight and Velocio Radiator
Equipe RS Aero Kit from ASSOS
Yes, the grand-daddy of bibshorts launched the new Equipe series in late 2019. The entire kit is made with racing performance in mind - picture this - cooling the engine (body) is especially important. The highly elastic 3D knit fabric is specially developed to maximize breathability and moisture transfer from the body.
The EQUIPE RS features minicheck Tex, an Open 3D knit fabric that has truly exceptional breathability that promotes quick drying. The pockets and sleeves are made of our ASSOS-developed Push Pull warp-knit textile with high UV protection (UPF 50+). Highly breathable, this fine gauge knit with bi-stretch is quick drying and very comfortable.
The fabric used in the EQUIPE RS Bib shorts Type.441 is a patented 40-guage warp knit, developed specifically for compressive hold and silky comfort. Proven to be very capable of moisture wicking (idroFil fastDry). We love the added UPF 50+ protection, the odorControl, and of course the durability.
Even the chamois have micro-holes to provide additional airflow, just like the air vent in cars. As the name implies, this is a Aero/Tight fit even when compared to the other models from Assos. Contact us if unsure of the sizing. Explore the collection here: ASSOS Equipe RS Race Series
All the kits recommended are used and tested by the team. They are all top of the line in terms of cooling your body down and looking good while riding. Let us know your thoughts and if you tried and loved any of the kits above.