It’s easy to overlook socks, but this seemingly simple item can have more say over your comfort than any other. As a brand that started out by revolutionizing cycling socks and that still makes its name producing cutting-edge performance socks, DeFeet is well aware of this fact. Perhaps no other sock showcases its dedication to perfecting this garment than the Cyclismo. Developed for a world champion cyclist, this sock made of ThermoCool material features cushioning under the ball of the foot, helping reduce road vibration while creating a closer fit between the foot and shoe, preventing slipping. A flat seam at the toe builds in more comfort, while four size options—not a one-size-fits-all approach—ensure a dialed fit. Plus, they’re made from recycled water bottles, so you can feel even better about wearing them.
$17; 2 colors; defeet.com
Pearl Izumi Classic Jersey
Many of us are wary of inexpensive kits, and rightly so. But jerseys need not cost $200 to deliver true performance—or even $100. The Pearl Izumi Classic jersey proves that. Priced at just $85, it provides all the essential functions of a cycling jersey with nothing superfluous. Lightweight SELECT Transfer Mesh fabric, made from 100-percent recycled material, wicks away sweat for body temperature regulation. And three bellowed pockets, which lie flat against the back when not in use, provide plenty of storage for ride essentials. With sizes all the way up to XXXL in men’s and XXL in women’s, there’s a version of this full-zip jersey to fit every cyclist.
$85; 3 colors; pearlizumi.com