2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Women’s-Specific Gear

Cycling kit

If you’re looking to invest in staple pieces that will wear and keep beautifully, Rapha is a worthy buy. The ¾ Bib Shorts ($245, Rapha.cc) are fleece-lined for added comfort and warmth, and the bib mesh feels silky-soft against the skin. Details like flatlock stitching (no seams to create chafing) and a female-specific chamois create greater comfort in the saddle. The lightweight Souplesse Jersey ($205) with a classic racing-stripe design can be layered beneath a windbreaker on colder days or worn alone in warm conditions.