Road cycling has a certain air of elitism within sports. Everything from high-performance Italian fabrics, French fashion infusion and not to mention the extreme precision and engineering that goes into a bicycle.
Although when you get stuck into it, cycling is all luxury and high-brow as many non-cyclists expect. While many brands offer a selection of cycling kit that adheres to old school heritage rules, there are a few dare-to-be-different brands who are setting a new precedence with modern cultural twists.
The new "Way of the Dodo" cycling kit from Pactimo is perfect if you're looking for something a little different to set you apart from the road cycling crowd.
Pactimo "Way of the Dodo" Cycling kit
For those of you who love animals, science and recently coined term "geek chic", this cycling kit is for you.
As part of their Artist Series, Pactimo has rallied up a number of sport enthusiastic artists to create some seriously cool designs. The "Way of the Dodo" has been designed by Austrailian artist, Katherine Hall, who brings prehistoric animals back to life in this eye-catching apparel.
Constructed from TotalFit™ with SwiftDry fabric and BreatheLITE mesh, the "Way of the Dodo" jersey has a slim race fit which hugs the body with performance in mind.
The sleeve cuffs and waistband are lined with silicone to provide enough grip to keep the jersey in place when riding. There's also a full-length zipper and three spacious cargo pockets in the rear of the jersey with an opening in one for your headphones to be fed through.
The matching bib-shorts depict the same prehistoric print on side panels, whilst keeping the main crotch area black - a smart choice in order to ensure there are no see-through issues in areas you don't want!
Designed with a mesh upper half, these bibs have soft straps which are breathable on the body and shoulders. The bottom of the bibs is constructed from a soft compression fabric with a Cytech Endurance 2 Carbon Flash chamois and silicone-lined cuffs on a 9" inseam.
When worn together, the "Way of the Dodo" cycling kit makes for a great matching kit with both the animal print and skeletal designed panels.
Having worn this kit on the road and during cyclocross races, I can honestly say that I received many positive (and jealous) comments over its unique design. It's interesting, striking and I couldn't help but feel pretty cool wearing it.
As for performance, Pactimo has always been a favourite of mine when it comes to chamois shorts, and their "Way of the Dodo" kit failed to disappoint. The kit is comfortable and well fitting, however, for me, I would have preferred to have had a little extra length on the leg.
At first, I did have my reservations about the amount of white on the kit, knowing it would get filthy during cross and no doubt dull over time. However, the animal print breaks up the flat white enough to take the focus away from this and after many rides and washes, there's been no compromise to the striking design.
For more information on Pactimo and to see the full range of their products, head over to their website here.
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