Tested: Cycling Kits For Women

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

BEST FOR: Rockin’ Riders
Betty Designs

Eye-catching and edgy, Betty Designs ($119 jersey, $99 shorts) plays up the co-existence of strong and feminine with unexpected graphic pairings, like butterflies with a skull and crossbones. The designs are then printed on Squadra cycling kits.

What our testers said: “The overall look of the kit had the connotation of a woman who was tough and not there to mess around.”

“I like the combination of colors used. It was not a kit that would stand out from miles away, but when close the kit was very intricate. I liked the tapered band at the bottom of the shorts because it was very comfortable and flattering.”

Fit: The jersey fits well for most women; the arms aren’t too tight, which can be a concern. The shorts, however, have tight leg holes that squeeze girls with larger quads. Consider sizing up in the shorts.

Feel: Betty Designs uses a very stretchy material between the chamois and the waistband. Using a polyester fabric coated with titanium (known as Ti-Ex), the kit is lightweight and wicks moisture away very well.

Ride: The chamois is perfect for riders who prefer less material and/or something closer to a triathlon-specific chamois. Wide, with seams further removed from the edge of the padding, Betty Designs selected a chamois perfect for those who chafe easily.

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