courtesy Podia, photos by Constantin Gerlach

We happened to get a bit of a sneak peek at the look of the new spring/summer collection from Kraków, Poland-based Podia last month when we saw their custom painted Genesis Volare, built up for their Roadventures cycle touring trips. While the gold/orange/purple color palette of their club kit is mostly unchanged for the new season, they have added a some blues for a wider color range, a women-specific club jersey, and a much more adventurous Peacocking pattern to shake things up. Besides updated looks for their European-made summer cycling kit, Podia have also expanded a bit with a light, packable wind vest that we’ve had a chance to try, plus a set of mix-and-match arm warmers to create a unique colorful look…

Jerseys

Each of Podia’s new 110€ summer jerseys share the same soft fabric and tech, making the choice up to whichever suits your style. The lightweight jerseys feature mesh side panels, underarms, cuffs & collar and a typical 3+1 zippered pocket layout. Podia’s gold/orange/purple club jersey returns in a new Club Colours Light iteration that swaps in white arms for a lighter look with some small color details added.

Women get their first dedicated version of the club kit with the added touch of Cerrillos Blue in their new Woman’s Club jersey. It shares all the same tech as the men’s versions, and will be available a few weeks later than the men’s kit.

The Aerospace Orange jersey has been Podia’s most consistent seller so far, and gets a refresh adding in subtle diagonal stripes for a bit of variety on the otherwise bright single color jersey. The Nova jersey makes the diagonal striped theme more high contrast combining the new blue with white, and a less symmetrical design.

For those looking for an even bigger injection of color, there’s the new Peacocking jersey. Clearly meant to be seen, the design by Londoner Marco Ammannati works mostly within the same Podia color palette inspired by the feathers of a Peacock.

Lightweight Protection

More from a new perspective though is Podia’s new vest and arm warmers, both of which are meant to pack down small for protection from the elements that you’ll actually be willing to keep in a jersey pocket.

The light vest keeps weather at bay with its wind & water-resistant shell fabric on the front & shoulders, but sticks with lycra sides for a close fit, and a mesh back to keep the wearer from overheating. The 100€ stuffable vest is meant to be something you pull out for cool mornings, extended mountain descents, or the unexpected rain shower, and forgoes any real storage in the interest of staying compact. The vest does include a small internal stuff sack pocket on the back though, into which the vest packs down but could double as a small secure storage pocket. The vest comes in three colors – black, orange & blue, each with its own variation of the Podia diagonal stripe look. We’ve put in a few long rides in one, and while it isn’t the lightest we’ve ever used, it packs down small enough to only take up about half of a standard jersey pocket, and fits comfortably close on the go so no flapping in the wind.

Then rounding out the broader temperature range, are light fleece-backed lycra arm warmers. Their key feature is actually that they are not side specific and are sold one at a time for 15€ a piece. The idea is that you can buy a mix of the 5 Podia palette colors available – white, orange, blue, purple & black – and mix and match them for a unique look to pair with the asymmetric design of Podia’s or really any other company’s jerseys.

All of the new kit (except for the Woman’s Club jersey) is available now direct from Podia.

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