Photo: Oliver Baker

Ali’i Sport Ultimate 5-inch Tri Short and Raquel Tri Tank


$84 and $94 (respectively), Aliisport.com

The draw: Silky feel and favorable fit

This brand’s guiding philosophy is “athletic can be feminine,” and this ensemble reflects that thinking. We weren’t immediately sold on the tank’s evening gown-esque design “inspired by the very latest in French Couture,” but after putting it on we appreciated the exceptionally flattering lines and cut. The made-in-Italy performance fabric feels high-end—it is silky to the touch yet substantially compressive. There is a shelf bra, but most will need to double up with a sports bra. The shorts were a test favorite—they felt slimming but supportive, and the chamois provided solid support in the saddle yet didn’t feel bulky on the run.