Summer may have turned to Fall, but a long day in the mountains can still mean a toasty ride that needs a lighter, more flexible kit. Here are three we put on over the Summer that are still in steady rotation.
ALÉ PRR 2.0 PIUMA JERSEY. The latest from Alé is the PRR 2.0 Piuma jersey and it’s laser-focused on climbing in the heat. It is made primarily of a super-light double-mesh at the chest and a streamlined stretchable rip-stop-style fabric at the back and shoulders, with raglan sleeves, all laid out with Alé’s body-mapping design principles. The jersey’s breathability and moisture-movement capabilities mean it can do its job without the help of a base layer. Despite the lightweight build, it’s got all the storage needed for a long day in the mountains, with three traditional pockets, a zippered security pocket and a fifth pocket at the side of the waist that’s perfect for a gel or two. PAIRING: The PRR 2.0 Agonista bibs are anything but agony to wear. More smart fabric choices and body mapping put compression and breathability where you need it with an eight-hour chamois. $130 (jersey), $180 (bibs); alebikewear.com
PACTIMO ASCENT AIR 3.0 CLIMBER’S JERSEY. Living in the rarefied air of Colorado, at the foot of the Rockies, you’ll learn a thing or two about climbing. Pactimo has invested its climbing knowledge into the Ascent Air 3.0 climber’s jersey. An all-new fabric, Feather-Stretch, combined with Zero-Weight mesh, deliver a jersey that weighs just 120 grams and is the most breathable jersey Pactimo has ever made. Despite the ultralight weight, Pactimo has graced the jersey with robust pockets that can handle a day’s worth of gear without yanking your collar down or shifting from side to side. A silicon gripper helps keep those pockets stable but, in a nod to weight savings, the gripper is just at the rear of the waist. With a more upright climbing position can come neck discomfort, so Pactimo has taped the seams at the neck to remove even that small chance of irritation. PARING: Pactimo’s Summit Stratos bibs are a technological wonder. With bonded ceramic particles, its fabric is super tough, moves moisture quickly and regulates body temperature incredibly well. $115 (jersey), $225 (bibs); pactimo.com
BONTRAGER VELOCIS JERSEY. Velocis is Latin for “swift” so it’s no surprise what Bontrager intends for its Velocis jersey, but thanks to some serious fabric tech it’s even swift on a sweltering day. It’s main fabric is Profila Dry, which is excellent at wicking moisture from your body, but Bontrager has strategically placed Profila Cool panels with special particles that absorb infrared energy, attract water and increase the fabric’s surface area. All these things help cool your body down so you don’t overheat in the saddle. Like most Bontrager apparel its fit is designed for real-world cyclists—fit riders that nonetheless will not be mistaken for WorldTour climbers. PAIRING: Velocis Bib shorts have more Profila Cool fabric to keep the temperature down, plus an Italian-made chamois with an Aircell pad for extra breathability. $120 (jersey), $160 (bibs); trekbikes.com