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

Sugoi RSE jersey and (standard) shorts

The lowdown: High performance, race-quality kit
Pros: Fabric quality; overall fit; aerodynamic shape
Cons: Thinness of fabric too revealing; shorts are extra long
Total price: $360
Jersey price: $180
Bibshorts price: $180

Slipping on this kit, it’s immediately evident that the RSE jersey and shorts are made for race day. The fabric quality, clean edges and attention to detail make this the perfect kit for a summertime crit or hill climb, however the constricting shorts may only be appropriate for the leanest of riders.

The first thing to notice about the RSE jersey is Sugoi’s REVO fabric, which is designed to reduce surface friction and resist water penetration. The construction of the jersey is impeccable; the seams lay flat and the edges of the sleeves are snug on the arms, for a comfortable overall fit. The thin material, combined with the mesh paneling and wicking capability, make this jersey a good choice on a hot and humid day. That said, it’s arguable that the fabric is almost too thin, edging close to transparent. This isn’t for everyone, and is something to consider, and possibly try on, before buying, especially as we had to size up due to the race fit. Unlike other jerseys in this review, the RSE jersey comes only in white (pictured).

The RSE short is new for 2013, and was designed to go along with the RSE jersey. The designs on the jersey cuffs coordinate with the pattern on the thigh bands, giving the whole ensemble a professional feel. The chamois is very soft and provides great comfort and ventilation. These shorts didn’t rank high on our list, however, due to the waistband design. A high waistband isn’t usually a deal breaker, but the top of the RSE short rises to well above the belly button and is constricting. This aspect, along with the fact that the shorts are a bit long for my taste, had me reaching for other shorts.


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