The clocks have changed and we're over the Easter weekend so it well and truly feels like summer is coming. To get you hyped for cycling adventures that lay ahead, we've been reviewing some of the newest cycling outfits from brands old and new.
Scott Sports has been in the cycling game for nearly 30 years. They've built up a wealth of experience catering for everyone who loves to ride bikes, from amateur hobbyists to professional elite racers across all disciplines.
Over the past few years, Scott's focus has been on women's riding. They've really ramped up their efforts to provide attractive quality and functional cycling apparel and bikes for all abilities across the globe. This year we've already been charmed by their RC Road Shoes and their Centric Plus road helmet, so does their RC Pro Tec jersey and bibs live up too?
Scott RC Pro Tec
The RC Pro Tec collection features at the upper end of Scott's women's collection. There are a number of technical features which make this really stand out of the crowd.
The athletic fit jersey and bib-shorts are constructed from the latest fabric technology for performance cycling apparel. A unique blend of knitted carbon yarn provides a greater breakage strength meaning that if you have a crash, the Scott RC Pro Tec kit will give you an extra bit of protection from road rash.
The Scott RC Pro Tec jersey feels strong and extremely smooth in the hand. There's a lovely sheen on the fabric that really makes the colours pop out and sparkle.
With laser cut arm cuffs and a grippy hem on the jersey, I didn't feel the need to pull and twist it into place during a ride. The cuffs are really soft to the skin and offer a great range of movement, but they also provide enough compression to stay where they should.
There are 3 rear back pockets on the jersey, one of which, is water-repellent and zipped. Mesh inserts and the high-wicking carbon/polyester blend enables this jersey to breathe, even on the more humid of rides.
To complete the feel-good performance vibe, Scott has matched up the jersey with the RC Pro Tec bib-shorts which boast just as many impressive features and fabrics.
Maintaining the same carefully crafted fabric as the jersey, these bib-shorts have a higher breakage point to help reduce injury from a crash. With sun protection and moisture control elements incorporated, these bib-shorts are designed to protect and perform without compromising on style.
One thing I noticed, which was a great welcome, was the quality of the chamois pad. It feels thick and supple in the hand, and whilst riding, it provided ample coverage in the areas I needed it most.
After many miles and cycles through the washing machine, I'm pleased to say that the Scott RC Pro Tec kit still looks as bright and fresh like it was straight from the box. The colours are bright and the whites are white! As a whole, I really like the design with the plum/white colour way. I find it to be elegant and feminine, without the girly finesse we're used to seeing.
The form fitting jersey is comfortable and flattering to wear. There aren't any niggling seams to irritate the shoulders and the discreet full-length zip flawlessly nestles into the fabric.
While it isn't to everyone's liking, I quite like the high-waisted bib-shorts. The compression fabric offers comfort and security while ensuring no back-gap appears between jersey and shorts. I found these shorts to be ideal for longer distances because the chamois is thick and comfortable, and the fit is ideal to not interfere, rub or hinder my riding.
Scott's RC Pro Tec road cycling kit is designed for performance riding without compromising on comfort. Along with its super-tech carbon woven fabrics, this kit surely lives up to the standard of Scott's complimenting RC shoes and Centric Plus helmet.
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