Santini's cycling apparel is unparalleled - and this season is no exception. Made in Italy with some of the finest fabrics available for cycling kits, Santini combines decades of experience with leading edge technology. Bibs and shorts feature chamois pads designed in house for short, medium, and long days in the saddle. Jerseys cut for slim racers and classic fits come in several color options of bold tones and bright highlights.
The entire catalog is worth a look, yet there we're particularly excited by items like the Genio Road Skinsuit, which feels like high end bibs with a high end jersey sewn into it. Constructed with the ultimate combination of performance fabrics, the skinsuit uses lightweight Rudy fabric and tight-fitting Bodyfit fabric. The Thunderbike Power fabric on the frontal section also helps reduce muscle strain during rides with its unique compressive effects. The suit is finished with the professional-level C3 chamois for extreme comfort on the saddle even during the longest of rides. In sum, this skinsuit brings advancements in time trial cycling kit design to the road rider, looking for a specialized, simple alternative to a jersey and shorts. The Trek Segafredo team also has their own version.
We're also really impressed with the Men's Tono Jersey (seen below in the white & burgundy options). Made with lightweight, and incredibly breathable Sesia micromesh fabric in front and back, this is the perfect summer jersey for those very hot days on the tarmac. Raw cut sleeves in ultra-light Bodyfit fabric provide a superb, slim fit around the shoulders and biceps. As always, a triple back pocket is built-in for easy storage and convenient access.
Why Made in Italy Matters
"Santini is a proud and successful family business," writes Steve Medcroft, at Santini USA. "Started in 1967 and well established globally as a leader in clothing for cyclists, Santini is run today by the founder's daughters. Santini makes almost everything bearing its label in its own factory and has about 120 employees, many who have been with the business for years, even decades. Santini has built long-term partnerships with the world's top professional teams, several of the world's most prominent cycling events, and the Olympic organizing body for the sport of cycling. They are masters at what they do and every year put out world-class iterations of padded shorts, tight-fitting and colorful jerseys, and all the other specialty clothes people who ride and race bicycles wear."
[Sometimes, they even let the riders sew a stitch or two. Below, Nippo Fantini rider, Moreno Moser threads together one of his kits for the upcoming season.]