Tech Features in Modern Cycling Kits

Tech Features in Modern Cycling Kits

1. Low-Key Hi-Vis
Building reflective details into cycling garments suited for high-intensity activity has proven challenging: Reflective materials historically have been inflexible, not super breathable, and generally unattractive. But some apparel makers have figured out how to infuse reflectivity into stretchy, breathable, and printable textiles, so it disappears when you don’t need it, and doesn’t inhibit performance.

2. Aero Dimples
Textured fabric provides a wind-cheating benefit by inducing a turbulent boundary layer of air, which reduces drag. Why not put it everywhere? Because dimples work only in areas that actually are exposed to air resistance and big enough to provide a significant difference. At race speeds, that’s arms, legs, and shoulders.

3. Bite Patch
Trying to unzip a top with one hand while riding often results in a whole lot of tugging and not a lot of progress.

4. Supportive Back Panels
A typical cycling jersey is made of lightweight textiles with generous stretch for a snug fit that doesn’t hinder movement—which is wonderful until you pack your jersey pockets with food, spare clothes, a phone, tubes, and tools, and your sleek, snug-fitting jersey begins to sag and bounce

5. Flat, Seamless Bib Straps
The most comfortable and effective bib straps seem almost nonexistent because they’re breathable and made with materials and techniques that don’t require stitching, piping, or binding to prevent fraying. This reduces pressure and friction on sensitive areas of the body (nipples) and at places straps fit tightest (shoulders), and helps them lie flat against the skin.