The Italien brand, Santini, is no stranger to cycling. They kit out elite cycling teams like Boels-Dolmans and are the official partners of the UCI.
We've been familiar with the Santini brand for a number of years at TWC, with our contributor Katherine, loving the REA bibs and QoM jersey earlier this year. Now that the winter chill is here to nip at our heels, we've been getting toasty in the new Coral 2.0 winter collection.
Available in three stripey colourways; orange, violet and water, the new Coral 2.0 collection covers you from head to toe in fleecy thermal wear to see you through winter and beyond.
Santini Coral 2.0 Long-Sleeve Jersey
This thermofleece jersey has been designed with two things in mind; cold temperatures and cycling.
Despite being super soft, fleecy and warm, it's extremely breathable to ensure you don't overheat when you're riding. The materials have been carefully researched and selected based on their ability to enchase performance and aid a rider in their quest for QoM's and smiles.
The sleeve cuffs and hem of the jersey have been cut and shaped to help keep them in place as you ride, with the hem having a gentle grip on the bib tights which is provided by silicone ribbon.
Unlike most road cycling jerseys which have 2 or 3 rear cargo pockets, Santini has incorporated 5 pockets; 3 in the rear as standard and another on each side for ease of access and additional storage for your winter ride essentials.
Santini's Coral 2.0 winter jersey is available in sizes xx.small to xxx.large
Santini Coral 2.0 Bib Tights
Constructed from the same thermofleece technology as the long-sleeve jersey, the Coral 2.0 bib tights offer compression support for your muscles and a warm toasty feeling for your legs to pedal through the coldest of rides.
Ok, let's address what's happening with the top half of these bib tights. Admittedly, I thought I had them on back-to-front because, well you can see, the back scoops down low with wide straps, and the front, barely covers my boobs and I'm not exactly a busty woman. If it wasn't for the integrated chamois pad, I probably would wear these backwards because the oddly shaped cut of the top section didn't half create a bagginess around my mid-drift and leave me feeling that the bib tights didn't sit quite right.
However, despite the happenings at the top of the tights, the legs were on point for comfort. They're panelled around the knees for durability, they're fitting, supportive and the chamois could keep you happy in the saddle for miles.
Santini's Coral 2.0 winter bib tights are available in sizes xx.small to xxx.large.
Santini Coral 2.0 Jacket
If you're looking for a heavy duty no-nonsense cycling jacket to fend off the wind and chill, then the Coral 2.0 jacket is ideal for just that.
This jacket has a lovely tapered fit but isn't too restrictive to prevent you from layering up on cold days. The cuffs and hem have been designed to sit close with the body to ensure draughts are kept at bay and the wind stopping fabric finishes off the element combatting properties.
There are rear pockets for your essentials, a zipped side pocket and reflective detailing to keep you visible in low-light condition.
The Santini Coral 2.0 cycling jacket is available in sizes xx.small to xxx.large.
Santini Coral 2.0 winter collection: verdict
There's no denying that Santini has hit winter head-on with their new Coral 2.0 collection. The thermofleece fabric used is extremely warm against the skin without trapping in unwanted heat. The compression material is supportive and welcomed after hours in the saddle and on the whole, the kit is attractive and feminine with an air of 1990's colour influence.
Of course, I can't stay I got on with the bib tights all that well myself. Despite the great quality of the legs, I can't work out the mesh body and how it's supposed to work... or fit!
Whilst Santini isn't the most affordable winter kit on the market, there is a good reason and that's the years of dedication the brand has put into creating quality performance cycling apparel.
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