Monday 22 December 2014

Fit Kit Giro special: Merchandise and pro team gear

Giro Aeon Helmet

Rapha replica team jersey
Giro Aeon helmet
Santini Giro d’Italia jersey

AS worn by BMC Racing Team and many more professional teams, the Aeon is the first choice for professional cyclists. Complete with inner protection shells, the construction, using a special lightweight plastic material, has resulted in a super-light helmet. With 24 vents, it's the ideal helmet for keeping you cool, and is designed to receive air through the front and exhaust it out the back. The Roc Loc adjustment system works by rotating a bezel to get the desired fit – and it also has a height adjustment. It's available in a range of sizes and colours to match your bike, and is suitable for Road racers, Cyclocross and performance mountain-bikers.

HIT: Very lightweight, comfortable and it feels as if you aren't actually wearing a helmet

KNOCK: I would describe this as a cold helmet because of the vents

RAPHA REPLICA TEAM JERSEY

CUSTOMISED WITH YOUR NAME, €110, WWW.RAPHA.CC

FEEL like a champion in this special edition 'replica team jersey', complete with the chance to print your own name on it. The Rapha clothing manufacturer has partnered with Team SKY to produce these jerseys. You can select your name, national flag and your own name to be printed on the cuff and rear pocket of the jersey.

The jersey comes with three rear pockets, wicking fabric and full-front zipper. It comes in a choice of two colours – black or blue.

Pros: A great gift idea

Cons: Takes up to eight weeks for delivery

Verdict: If you're a cycling fan and don't mind wearing Team SKY gear, then this 'personalised' jersey is a great idea

SANTINI GIRO D'ITALIA JERSEY

€80.99, CHAINREACTIONCYCLES.COM

THE leader of the Giro d'Italia is presented with a pink jersey (Italian: maglia rosa) to wear when riding with the group each day of the race. The colour pink is the same colour as the newspaper which created the Giro, 'La Gazzette della Sport'.

The Santini jersey is silky, soft and extremely comfortable to wear, with a full-front zipper. It also features the Italian flag on the sleeve, along with several references to the founding newspaper and other memorabilia from the Giro. A rubber gripper under the waistband will stop this jersey pulling upwards.

Verdict: A nice, comfortable all-round jersey for anyone who enjoys cycling and the Giro

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