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A Closer Look at: Sportful SS17

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Author: Dan Kogan

Experts when it comes to producing high quality, pro-level cycling clothing, Sportful has launched their spring/summer range for 2017. Focusing on performance, fit and comfort, this long established Italian company has used their extensive knowledge to produce kit to see you through the spring and summer miles.

Sponsoring two WorldTour teams, Trek Segafredo and Bahrain Merida, as well as top British based women’s team, Drops Cycling, you too can benefit from the same clothing superstars such as Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali wear.

 

R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey

Sportful’s R&D range pushes the boundaries of performance. Designed using the latest technology, this range is developed with the help of their professional teams and athletes.

New for 2017, the R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey is a super-lightweight (115 gram) summer jersey that has been designed to excel in the heat and when the road rises. A stretch woven fabric has been used to offer excellent moisture management and breathability, keeping you cool on even the hottest rides.

Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey


This material also supports the body, stretching where needed to provide a sublime ergonomic, pro fit. Comfort is addressed with minimal seams. Constructing the jersey in this way improves the feel of the fabric next to the skin. The result: a jersey that is fast enough to race in but comfortable enough for all day comfort.

Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey Detail Front


Flapping fabrics are a thing of the past, with the Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey features raw-cut sleeves. Keeping the sleeves in place, internal silicone bands are a welcome addition.

Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey Lifestyle Front


Similar to the designs of some of the world’s top track cycling nation’s skinsuits, the Cima uses a low-cut collar that increases airflow and improves comfort.

Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey Lifestyle Side


Carrying your ride essentials is a simple task with the inclusion of three rear pockets, ideal for your mini pump, valuables and nutrition.

Sportful R&D Cima Short Sleeve Jersey Rear
 

R&D Cima Bib Short


Complimenting this striking jersey is the R&D Cima Bib Short. Developed in conjunction with Peter Sagan and the Tinkoff Team at the Tour de France last year. This stage winning design came into its own on the baking hot July stages through the French Alps.

Sportful R&D Cima Bib Short Tinkoff Team


Keeping the Tinkoff riders cool even when the pace was hot last year, the likes of Contador and Majka benefited from the cutting-edge design. With sponsor's commitments, the pro's had a logo added to the rear of the short. For those not racing a grand tour, a perforated mesh lined back insert has been added. The result, a bib short offering even more breathability than even the professional riders are accustomed to. This stops that uncomfortable moist patch from forming on the lower portion of the back and draws away whatever moisture that does build, ensuring you’re dry and comfortable on the bike.

Sportful R&D Cima Bib Shorts


Aerodynamic and form fitting, the short uses an Aero-Stretch fabric on the lower legs to promote breathability. This section is paired with raw-cut endings to offer excellent next to skin comfort.

Supportive bib straps, taken from the BodyFit Pro LTD Bib Short, lie flat and prevent chafing and pressure points from forming. The TC Pro seat pad, now with aesthetic updates, is the same, renowned pad that is used in the company’s team-issue shorts. This pad offers 13 millimetres of padding and has been designed to offer sublime levels of airflow.

Sportful R&D Cima Bib Short TC Pro Seat Pad
 

BodyFit Pro Road Suit

A race winning design, already with numerous victories to its name, the Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Skinsuit first took Michael Rogers to a Tour de France stage victory in 2014 and since has carried the likes of Oscar Gatto and Roman Kreuziger to glory in some of the sport’s biggest races. An ingenious design, the Road Suit has been developed to offer the comfort and versatility of a jersey and short combination with the aerodynamic efficiency of a skinsuit.

Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Suit Bennati


Combining a BodyFit Race style jersey to a Sportful BodyFit Pro LTD Bib Short lower section, the Road Suit uses a one piece construction, making it as fast in a sprint as it is hurtling down a mountain in a sportive. Even pitted against a wind-tunnel-developed time trial suit, the BodyFit Pro Road Suit can hold its own against the clock.

Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Suit


Seamless shoulder construction ensures aerodynamics and comfort are not compromised. This attention to detail is also apparent on the raw-cut sleeve endings and 4-needle flat lock stitching.

Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Suit Detail


The short section of the suit has not been overlooked either, with Aeroflow Compress fabric and rear facing seams added to support your muscles, further boost aerodynamics and reduce drag.

Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Suit Short


Versatile, the inclusion of two YKK zips allows you to both regulate body temperature and take a natural break in proceedings without having to remove the suit.

Sportful BodyFit Pro Road Suit Roman Kreuziger


Three, well proportioned, rear pockets make this suit a versatile addition to the Italian company’s BodyFit, team issue range.

Particular attention has been paid to the fit. Sportful’s aero fit has been optimised to offer a fast, yet comfortable position, ideal for clocking up the miles or delivering the world’s top sprinters to the line first.

Even the fastest garments need to be comfortable and Sportful has recognised this, adding their TC Pro seat pad to enhance airflow and support the rider, even when the hammer is down and the race is on.

 

Giara Womens Short Sleeve Jersey

Born to explore and ready for the adventure, Sportful have created the Giara Womens Short Sleeve Jersey to offer all day comfort and clean styling.

Sportful Giara Short Sleeve Jersey


Wherever the road takes you the Giara’s use of technical fabrics helps to keep you comfortable, with Wicksoft and Diatec offering soft next to skin comfort.

Sportful Giara Short Sleeve Jersey Lifestyle


The Giara is a timeless and stylish jersey that looks just as at home on a mountain slope as it is at the cafe on a Sunday club run. Style that offers a level of sophistication, without shouting ‘racing cyclist’.

Sportful describe the fit as a ‘casual performance cut’. Not as form fitting as an all out race jersey but neither as flappy as a casual jersey.

Subtle detailing and an on trend heathered polyester upper body construction sets the Giara apart from your standard road jersey. Riding into the unknown needn’t be a daunting experience, with the Giara’s three rear back pockets and zippered security pocket allowing you to store all your ride essentials.

Sportful Giara Short Sleeve Jersey Detail


Reflective colour highlights keep you visible if your adventure sees you riding into the evening, yet this detailing remains understated when riding in daylight.

 

 

About the Author

  • Dan Kogan
  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 64kg
  • About Dan Kogan: After racing in Britain and France, Dan can now be found tackling gran fondos and riding around Dorset, Surrey and Essex.

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