BEST FOR: Commuter Queens
San Francisco-based business Sheila Moon is as unique and funky as its hometown. The company’s cycling kits ($99 long-sleeve jersey, $89 shorts), which come in a variety of colorful designs, cater to serious cyclists as well as the unique subsets of the cycling world, including plus-sized riders and pregnant women.
What our testers said: “This kit was form-fitting and flattering at the same time. The material was much thicker, so I’d wear this on a cooler ride.”
“As a bike commuter, it’s nice to have something that looks presentable when I arrive at my office, before I have a chance to sneak into the bathroom and change into real clothes.”
Fit: Sheila Moon is generous with its sizing; sizes run large and the stretch is forgiving. It’s recommended that women order one size smaller than they’d buy in other manufacturer’s shorts. A wide waistband tapered into a “V” shape, as well as stretchy leg openings that don’t ride up make the fit a favorite of testers.
Feel: The Sheila Moon samples tested were so supple, it was hard to believe they were cut from technical fabric. Long-sleeve riding jerseys include thumbholes, a welcome addition during cold rides. If you’re not into bright colors and funky designs, the line also offers a more demure black-and-white kit.
Ride: The plush chamois held its shape and comfort well during rides up to 25 miles. Though not ideal for long training rides, the testers agreed they’d wear the kit for shorter commutes, especially on a road bike.