Tested: Cycling Kits For Women

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Jan 7, 2013
  • Updated Dec 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM UTC

BEST FOR: Spin City Girls

For those hitting spin class in the winter months, SOAS kits ($170 tri kit) allow for a comfortable and cool experience. Retro and girly, SOAS owners Kebby Holden and Steph Tobin strive to create an ideal women’s specific fit.

What our testers said: “Holy cow! I fell in love with how this kit fit me from the moment I put it on. The shorts and tank fit me perfectly, and the built-in sports bra had enough support I could run without doubling up.”

Fit: An elastic-free yoga-style waistband plus wide leg openings made for a comfortable, pinch-free ride. A long-length top lays flat against the torso without bunching. The fit seems to work for women of all shapes and sizes, appeasing both a petite tester with wide hips and a tall, lithe tester.

Feel: The materials used for the SOAS kit aren’t flashy, but they are comfortable and breathable—perfect for long trainer rides and spin class in the off-season, and as a race kit in the summer months. When stretched, the kit doesn’t hold its color well—wearing a correct size eliminates this issue.

Ride: SOAS uses a standard fleece tri chamois. As one tester remarked, thick seams are used to stitch the chamois in place; however, they are not located in areas that would cause chafing.

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