• Gender Women
  • MSRP $358.00 (For jersey and bibs)

I’m not usually one for girly designs and flowery patterns when it comes to cycling kits. But Velocio’s Poppy jersey and bibs are quick to impress thanks to a balanced blend of performance features with feminine style. New York City-based fashion designer Lela Rose weaves an edgy tone into the flowery kit using a dark navy base and large, lifelike poppies strewn across the jersey. It’s a chic design that quickly gets noticed on the road or in the coffee shop.

But this kit is far more than just a fashion statement. Velocio strikes gold with a tailored cut and Italian-made fabrics. The silky, soft materials are noticeably breathable and wick away moisture on hot and humid rides. Perforated side panels also help with this ventilation and airflow.

Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Built off of the company’s ES jersey and bib platform, the Poppy kit fit snugly without bunching when in the riding position. The arm and leg bands sit comfortably against the skin, holding the kit in place as you hammer up steep climbs or fly down twisty descents. And there is just enough elastic in the silicone leg bands to keep the bibs from riding up without causing the dreaded sausage leg effect.

When it comes to women’s chamois, Velocio is my hands-down favorite. For short rides or all-day adventures in the saddle, the Poppy chamois is comfortable without feeling bulky. The bibs’ breathable material is slightly compressive for added muscle support on long rides and a built-in base layer helps keep everything looking smooth. The seamless, elastic straps provide even support over the shoulders without causing uncomfortable pressure.

Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Three full-sized pockets seem like an obvious design choice, but this is a feature worth pointing out since many women’s jerseys still only have two. For serious riders, three pockets are important for carrying all the ride necessities — extra clothes in case of inclement weather, snacks, and a phone — and I’m happy to see Velocio stick with this feature.

$358 seems pricey for a cycling kit, but it isn’t any more expensive as other luxury cycling apparel from companies like Rapha or Assos. I can understand splurging on a pair of really nice black bibs because you can pair them with all kinds of different tops. But this kit is meant to be worn together and will probably get less use than other more neutral items. But if price is not an issue, there is no better kit this summer and fall — for both design and for function — than Velocio’s Lela Rose Poppy jersey and bibs.