BEST FOR: Femme Fatales
A joint venture of entrepreneur Michele Landry and pro triathlete Hillary Biscay, Smashfest Queen launched in 2012 with triathlon and cycling kits ($119 each, jersey and shorts) as well as a casual-clothing line. Though the kits currently use Squadra, like Betty Designs, Smashfest Queen plans to begin manufacturing its own kits in 2013.
What our testers said: “I really liked the length of the shorts. They were not long like traditional shorts, which adds some femininity to cycling and shows off the strong thighs of women cyclists!”
“It feels girly, yet strong and I felt cool wearing the kit. Smashfest is another option for women to set themselves apart.”
Fit: Though the kit mostly fit our testers well, the elastic at the leg openings wasn’t stretchy enough for some testers, prompting a request for a larger size. Also, curvier testers were a bit self-conscious: “If the jersey was pulled down over the hips, it exaggerated them. This kit accentuated the hips and for women like me who were blessed with wide hips, it was not very complementary.”
Feel: Grippers at the bottom of the jersey ensure the kit stays in place, and two-way stretch allows for a comfortable, close fit. The material is thin and breathable, especially on the backside of the kit.
Ride: Though Smashfest Queen uses a different Squadra chamois than Betty Designs, the plush chamois was still wide and offered ideal anti-chafe properties. Testers enjoyed the chamois more on the road than on the trainer. The chamois was very comfortable riding in the aero position and was perfect for saddles with a wider nose.