Californian based brand Capo produce beautiful Italian manufactured cycle clothing aimed at the high-end of the road market.

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Founded in 2004 by Gary Vasconi and Robert Carbone, Capo have been around for nearly 10 years, creating seriously technical road kit, from bib shorts through to arm warmers. They only started to be distributed here in the UK relatively recently, so don't panic if you're not acquainted with them - you will be soon.

We've been sent the crème de la crème of their women's range, a pair of Cipressa bib shorts and a Cipressa short sleeve jersey from their SS2014 catalogue. Both bibs and jersey are part of Capo's 'G.S' collection (Gruppo Sportivo), their high-performance, leading edge range, that sits above their two other levels of women's clothing 'Super Corsa' and 'Corsa'.

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Out of the post bag, it's quickly apparent that the folk at Capo know their fabrics and cuts. The two pieces sent through are stylish, feel sublime, and are oozing with technical features.

In terms of cost, the price-tags on their high-end kit is similar to the likes of Rapha and Castelli.

If you would like to get your mitts on the kit, Capo is distributed on the following websites for you to buy:

Cicla.co.uk

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Let's make no bones about it, Capo's G.S range of kit is aimed at lean mean cycling machines. The Italian influence in the gear not only extends to the smaller sizing, but also the beautifully styled designs.

The fit is figure hugging and the length from collar to hem on the Medium test is a rather short 62cm (roughly 24.5") so we'd recommend going up a size from what you're used to buying. However, there's no elastic around the waist or silicone grippers, so you don't need to worry about it riding up in that respect.

Probably the most noticeable feature of the Cipressa 2.0 is the material the jersey is constructed from. It's silky smooth - like a t-shirt that's been worn in over the years - you just want to get wearing it, it's that inviting. The various panels are made from different fabrics, including High Stretch Compression Lycra® with Meryl ActiSystem® matched with Silver deliver lightweight technical performance.

Essentially, what that means is that the front panels of the Cipressa jersey are silky smooth and help block wind. Under the arms there is a mesh that helps keep you cool and another slightly different material that does the same job of aiding breathability in a panel down the spine. We were blown away by the initial feel of the jersey, let's hope it does well in the test!

In terms of pockets, there are four, the standard three across the back and an additional zipped one the front of the middle rear pocket. The zipped pocket is great for your valuables, such as your phone, as it also has a special lining to stop it from being affected by your sweat.

The two zippers on the jersey have locking cams; once pushed flat against the material they won't move. They're also incredibly easy to open - when you're climbing up a hill, the last thing you want when you're sweating is a zip that snags and catches.

In short, we can't wait to get this jersey on to test!

Sizes available: XS (UK size 6), S (8), M (10), L (12)

The sizes bracketed are our estimated guide for readers.

Colour options: White (pictured), red or black

Price: £95.00

More information: Capo [part title="Capo Cipressa Bib Shorts"]

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Another set of bib shorts with a slight variation on the straps, the Capo Cipressa bibs offer more coverage as the torso section is essentially a mesh top. There's no inbuilt sports bra, so the straps are easy to slide on and off, great for those pit stops.

Moving on to the chamois pad. As the Cipressa bibs are in Capo's top of the line collection, I'm expecting big things, especially after reading some glowing reviews of the men's chamois on various other cycling websites. The elastic interface pad has high-density foam inserts strategically placed in the key areas, and the top layer of the fabric is treated, providing anti-bacterial protection.

Like with the Cipressa jersey, the bib shorts are constructed from a number of panels of varying fabric. HG Lycra® coldblack® and Carbon Lycra® regulate temperature and when we tried the size medium on, we welcomed the compression feel offered by these bibs in the legs.

The hems are made of an elastic band, varying from the fabric used in the leg portion. On the inside there are the standard silicone gripper dots, to help keep the legs from riding up. Unlike the jersey, the leg length (21cm, roughly 8 1/4" from the middle of the crotch seam) on the shorts was great, not too short or too long, just right.

Sizes available: XS (UK size 6), S (8), M (10), L (12)

The sizes bracketed are our estimated guide for readers.

Colour options: Black with white bib top section

Price: £120.00

More information: Capo