Wetsuit brand ROKA entered the cycling apparel market with smart, stylish designs.
ROKA Men’s Pro Summer Jersey, $135
Bib Short, $200
Can a wetsuit company successfully cross over into other sports? So far, ROKA is proving that the answer is yes. The company recently released a full line of cycling apparel—including three jerseys, bibs, shorts, arm, knee and leg warmers, a jacket and a vest—which comes in both men’s and women’s styles. And, as expected from a company that has always emphasized high performance, the kits are nice. Priced on the upper end of cycling apparel, the ROKA kits not only look good, they perform well—we recently wore the women’s version on a century ride, and the chamois and material remained comfortable the whole time. Cyclists will appreciate the attention to detail, like the pockets (there are two zippered ones) and “raw hemmed” leg openings that do not leave marks on your quads after long hours in the saddle. One of the things that makes ROKA’s new line stand apart is the sizing: All the jerseys are available in a “tall” version for athletes who have longer torsos or who prefer a longer cut.
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