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New summer kit roundup: Santini Giro spirit, Rapha shades, Ekoi skinsuit

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The Giro d’ Italia is about to enter its third weekend of racing, so why not get in the spirit with some Santini jerseys. The Italian company has been producing the leader’s jerseys for more than 20 years, and nothing says summer is on the way more than the pink of the race leader’s Maglia Rosa. You too can get the feel of a Grand Tour leader’s jersey with the same fit and fabric that the best GC rider is wearing these days. Check out a bit of new tech in the jersey, plus a few special edition jerseys celebrating the race, and more from Rapha, and Ekoï after the break…


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This year’s new Maglia Rosa joins the trends with longer raw cut sleeves that come to the elbow, for a more aerodynamic fit. It uses Santini’s extra light and aero Body Fit material on the back and sleeves, and perforated Rudy fabric on the front for breathability and a bit more structure. While your 85€ jersey won’t get your team’s logo sublimated on the front, you’ll get the same fit and cut, with a drop collar and silicone rear gripper hem as the champions are riding.

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In addition to the Maglia Rosa, Santini also offers replicas of the blue, red, and white leaders jerseys, and to commemorate this year’s race have a host of other special jerseys. The Maglia Nera is a black jersey that was awarded back in the 40s & 50s to the last finisher of the Giro. Santini has a whole run of hit from gloves to caps to remember your DFL performance.

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They’ve also got four special kits in this year’s Stage Line, meant to highlight some key areas where the Giro heads this time around. Included are the Gelderland jersey in honor of the Dutch start, the Dolomiti jersey for the Queen stage that heads over the passes of the Dolomites, The Colle dell’Angelo for highest and most risky climb in this year’s race, and the Chianti jersey in honor of the time trial through the famous wine region. Find all of the 85€ jerseys, including their matching 110€ bibs and 13€ cotton caps over at Santini’s web shop.




Purveyor of all things fancy, expensive, and sometimes (but not always) stylish, Rapha recently introduced a new pair of flashy Pro Team Flyweight sunglasses. The glasses take some styling cues from classic aviator glasses and blow them up a notch. The shiny glasses do come with some nice optics to match their £140/165€/$220 pricing, and a feathery light 25g.

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Available with either pink, white, or black (or RCC-only gray) arms, the frameless glasses use large, interchangeable Carl Zeiss lenses with UV400 protection. Glasses come standard with bronze mirrored lenses, but silver mirror, contrast boosting brown or yellow, and clear lenses are available separately for another £80/95€/$120




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Know mostly for their customizable kit, French clothing makers Ekoï have a new everyday skinsuit that they are aiming towards a broad range of road, cyclocross, and mountain bike riders. The one-piece combined bib shorts and light weight summer jersey aero suit is said to be their most comfortable kit getting rid of the need for bib straps, opens wide in the front for cooling and easy on-and-off, features two lay-flat rear pockets, and retails for 150€/£120.


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7 years ago

Oh Rapha, you so cray cray. Honestly did not think anyone could make a set of glasses uglier than those Assos shades, but you have accomplished this! Plus, the Raphas are heavier, seem to have less adjustability and use lenses that probably don’t stand up the the Adidas LST… What’s not to love! I’ll take two! Not…

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