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The Clothesline: Six women’s summer kits put to the test

Capo Modena Donna jersey and (standard) shorts

The lowdown: Great all-around kit at an affordable price
Pros: Overall style is appealing; zipper is easy to use
Cons: Mediocre fabric quality; jersey fit a little off; thin chamois
Total price: $210
Jersey price: $90
Shorts price: $120

Capo’s Modena Donna kit became a go-to ensemble over the summer. When looking for something comfortable and breathable, we tended to reach for this combo. At just $210 for the jersey and shorts, this kit provides a lot of bang for the buck. It was a good choice on really hot days in the saddle. The light-colored jersey and lightweight shorts fabric made it an easy choice for a days inching up into 90-degree temperatures.

The jersey, while perhaps not made of the highest quality fabric, is comfortable, functional, breathable and stylish. It features an easy to use full-length zipper and deep pockets for stowing away the occasional rain jacket. The one drawback to this jersey is the sleeves; which fit loosely around the arms. The fabric is composed of Capo’s drop knitting, which helped with moisture management.

Though generally a medium top, we had to size up to a large due to Capo’s European sizing. The Modena Donna jersey is available in four sizes (extra small to large) in the following color options: white (pictured), cyan, blue, and black.

The shorts feature a crossover waistband, which hit the waist at just the right spot yielding a very comfortable fit. This was key on longer distance rides, when midsection chaffing can otherwise be a problem. The chamois is soft, but is a bit on the thin side. After long hours on the bike, you may find yourself shifting around on the saddle to get comfortable.


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