It’s getting hot out there, folks. And Kitsbow is here for it, this time with the new Essplande button-down cycling shirt. Here’s what there is to know.

Kitsbow Essplanade cycling shirt

A few of the performance-ready features on deck are one-handed snap closures, a pocket slot and lens cloth for eyewear, and ultraviolet protection. Kitsbow also improved its previous mesh venting systems to give riders excellent mobility and better airflow.

In terms of material, the shirt uses a quick-drying, B.O.-resistant fabric which the brand says “maintains the comfort of cotton while allowing for the benefits of synthetics.” Subtle, reflective threads should make the rider more visible at night.

kitsbow essplanade cycling shirt detail

All photos c. Kitsbow

Now let’s talk about that plaid print. Kitsbows describes the Essplanade as “a stealth shirt that excels in a wide range of challenging environments.” Although the BikeRumor crew has yet to test one of these puppies out, we’re confident it’ll hold its own from bike to barbecue.

The Essplanade cycling shirt (MSRP $165) is available in Killington Blue or Providence Grey, sizes XS-XXL.

As with all Kitsbow apparel, each shirt is made to order and by hand in Old Fort, North Carolina.

Essplanade cycling shirt features
  • Updated articulated mesh vents
  • On-the-go snaps for one-handed closure and release
  • Anti-wrinkle, moisture-wicking, and quick-dry cotton-synthetic material
  • Anti-microbial odor resistance
  • UPF50 sun protection
  • Cotton-synthetic blend construction for
  • Pocket slot and integrated lens cloth at the hem for eyewear
  • Integrated reflectivity for safety at night
  • Colors: Killington Blue or Providence Grey
  • Sizes XS-XXL

Find out more on the Kitsbow website.

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Marc Smith
Marc Smith
1 month ago

I love kitsbow and think they use some of the best material out there but oh my god are their color choices and sense of style so fugly.. the colors are just awful, throw an hawaiian shirt in there. No one wants to bike in Titley style…

George
George
1 month ago
Reply to  Marc Smith

I disagree. What I love is that I can blend in and not look like a loud “look at me” tempest of advertising or color. You can go on a hard ride in this and then go to a brewery looking presentable. A lot of versatility in their understated colors and patterns. I wish running shoe manufacturers would take note.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  George

I don’t wear this type of clothes even as a pedestrian or the office, this is timberjack boredom. I don’t wear neons and crit one pieces anymore but my lord, lets at least, just very least have some vans or gap aesthetics here. Again, technically great and button shirts for cycling is exciting but this is just bland. Even more for 165$

Mr Pink
Mr Pink
1 month ago
Reply to  Marc Smith

I feel quite the opposite. Clothes for people who want subtle style and massive function without looking like you’re apart of the enduro bro parking lot fashion show. Best gear out there and designed to last unlike some of this stuff. Can’t tell you how many $80-$100 pairs of shorts from Specialized and others have had buttons fail in a year and zippers too before the seat blowing out the next year. You can buy shorts from Target that will last longer for a 1/3rd of the price.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
1 month ago

Looks like a really nice product, but a shirt to go riding in is awfully far down my list of priorities as to what to spend $165 on.