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Rapha City Riding

A lot of my fellow bloggers have been making a big deal lately about Giro’s New Road collection, their line of high performance, yet decidely more casual, riding gear. Sure, I’ll profess to a little bit of sour grapes about being left out of the loop on the press release, but when it all comes down to, Giro is trying to elbow in on .

did high performance casual wear first and they still do it better. There, I said it.

continues to innovate and their Spring/Summer 2013 line is the best evidence of that. The line features new designs for as well as updates to existing favorites.

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One of my favorites is the new Merino Hooded Top. I love hooded sweatshirts and I love wool, so this is like the best of two worlds coming together. If there were a Venn diagram for ‘wool’ and ‘hoodie’ it would just look like one big cozy circle. Here’s their description:

The Merino Hooded Top is an innovative, mid-weight outer layer that uses an ingenious mix of fabrics to create a top that offers high performance with contemporary, urban styling. Windproof front panels keep out chills when riding, while the 100 % merino body and arms keep you snug on and off the bike. The jacket also features clever functional details such as a detachable hi-vis tab and a roll-up hood.

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I’m also really digging the 3/4 Shorts. While I don’t have a pair from , I have similar shorts from another maker and they are one of my favorite things to ride in. ’s version have a slim fit in a plus-four style and are elegantly tailored. The shorts sit flat across the front so are stylish enough to be worn off the bike.

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get some new merino baselayers that are cut specifically for a woman’s shape. They’re made from the highest grade of . Wool makes a great base layer because it is extremely comfortable, wicks moisture superbly and is naturally breathable and odour resistant.

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Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one of my all time favorite pieces of : ’s short sleeve Merino polo. Maybe it’s the cut, maybe the fabric, but when I wear it, I just feel cool. Arthur Fonzarelli cool. Steve McQueen cool.

The polo shirt has a casual fit and side panels ensure it retains its shape both on and off the bike. Offset shoulder seams prevent bag straps rubbing when cycling and stylish touches include a pink gingham lining inside the collar and buttons stamped with logotype. The right arm has an embroidered armband stripe and logo. The back of the jersey has a single rear pocket.

 

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