This lightweight cycling apparel is the next best thing to riding naked – Bike Magazine Australia

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It doesn’t get much lighter than mesh – the lace-like fabric is so sheer, wearing sunscreen underneath it is a must. The Solitude kit features breathable mesh panels on the back and sleeves of the jersey, and on the side panels of the matching bib shorts. These offer at least two benefits: You’ll stay cool – and enjoy the feeling of wearing almost nothing.

Louis Garneau Women’s Stella Top

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A sleeveless jersey already has cooling advantages. But the Stella goes a step further: It’s made with a special fabric (called Ice Fil) that enhances the ability of your own sweat to reduce your skin’s temperature as it evaporates.

Velocio Ultralight Vest

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We love early-morning rides during high summer, before the air becomes a sweltering blanket. But descents can still be a bit chilly. Pulling a superlight, packable wind vest­­ – like the Ultralight, which combines windproof and water-resistant panels with a mesh back – from your jersey pocket can mean the difference between feeling comfortable and being a shivering mess. 

Assos SS.grandprix Jersey_evo8

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Ever feel like you’re suffocating in your kit on a hot day? That’s a function of a fabric’s level of permeability. The higher it is, the better the air movement and the cooler your skin feels. The open knit of the Assos jersey allows for greater airflow over the body while letting heat and perspiration escape.

Eliel Zuma Base Layer

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A base layer is magical. In shaded, cool valleys and on brisk descents, it keeps sweat off your skin and prevents you from getting a chill. But on climbs, those same moisture-wicking properties keep you drier and more comfortable. The Zuma’s flat-seam construction and mesh fabric feel imperceptible under your jersey.

Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves

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Arm sleeves in summer? Hear us out: The sheer, lightweight fabric is made with the same Ice Fil fabric as the Stella top. What’s more impressive is the material’s 50+ UPF rating that keeps the sun from heating your skin in the first place. The Sun Sleeves fit snug, but not tight, and feel almost breezy.

Rapha Souplesse Jersey II

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Ultralight fabrics, like the one found on the women’s Souplesse jersey, are less resistant to water vapour. Sweat passes through them more efficiently, and then wicks and dissipates quickly. Wear the jersey over fast-drying mesh straps, such as the ones on these matching bib shorts, and you’ll stay even drier.

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