Rosti Alpina Ladies Jersey & Pro Shorts
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
What’s greater than hearing the word “summer”? Actually nothing, because when it’s summer, it’s the most wanted season of all time. Green is the predominant colour now, and the temperatures are supposed to be around 25-30 degrees for a couple of months. If you have limited summer like me, for only 3 months, this period it’s the best to ride, so you better enjoy it! Fresh breeze from the trees and perfume from the flowers, warm sunshine on skin, clean dry road, what else – you want more?!
Let’s get back to the topic. Influenced by the colours of the high mountain meadows in Italy, this stylish and modern short sleeved jersey oozes quality, in both the design and the fabrics. Rosti have created a superb and quite unique design in their Alpina jersey, which evokes Edelweiss, snow drop, lily of the valley, buttercup, rhododendron, winter rose, gentianella, genepì: all the colours, all the fragrances of the most inebriating experience, mountain blossom.
In terms of the fit and fabric, it’s a race fit design with multi-directional fabrics, meaning that it fits where it touches and shows your body and all that hard work off, as well as providing great aero properties. The fabrics and panelling are designed to maximise performance, with a light mesh used on the side, aiding airflow. To the front and rear are a tighter weave, yet still light technical fabric, complete with the extremely colourful flower grid design.
The full-length concealed zipper is a quality one and strong, and the lighter stretch fabric used on the sleeves keeps things tight, with a clean cut look all the way to the edging. Rosti have used flat-felled seams with anti-chafing topstitching throughout, and when you look inside the jersey, the finishing is excellent, meaning that this is a high end jersey, well made and will last you a long time. At the waist, things are kept in place both through the quality of the multi-stretch fabric and the elasticated waist that is finished off with silicone gripper. It fits well, looks great and performs super 🙂
The 3 rear pockets are blended in the design with the flowers, spacious fitting everything you need from phone, keys, banana, bar, spare inner tube, rain jacket etc.
The fit is great, slim on the waist area and the length of the jersey is just enough not too long and neither too short. The bottom hem has a silicone band which keeps the jersey stay in place. The collar at the neck is made from soft fabric to be comfortable and protecting from sun. The sleeves are very elastic and light and at the ends they are nonwoven.
All in all, this Alpina Jersey looks and feels amazing, like a fresh summer breeze!
Like the Rosti SUMMER Bib Knickers, these ladies PRO1 shorts come without braces. It needs to be said again that this can be a good thing, as us ladies often find badly placed straps across our chest, very uncomfortable – think about it. Anyway, let’s take a look.
Rosti Pro1 are the classic cycling shorts. All Black with a small white Rosti logo on the back .
Rosti have used the same excellent Bormio® pad with recycled yarns, that I tested in the SUMMER Knickers. It’s a high quality and extremely comfortable pad, ideally suitable for long distances and with a quick-drying 3D structure, dealing with any moisture from sweating. Best of all, it’s reasonably slim and doesn’t look or feel awkward. Due to its sufficient compression material the pad stays in place during movement while cycling. It also helps that the waist is thight to stay put.
If something isn’t broken, then don’t fix it. Rosti know this, and have again used their technical multi-directional Thunderbike fabric 80% Polyammide and 20% Elastane. Thunderbike is a rubber polymer; more precisely, a fabric with high density bonds that reinforce its structure, adding strength and flexibility of movement. Ideal then for hard cycling and it fits where it touches too, meaning that it shapes to me and I look great. The quality finish is made with strong, complex bonds that reinforce structures and fabrics, improving a garment’s mechanical performance. These shorts are definitely a high-performance item of cycle clothing. Best of all, the fabric is also reasonably breathable too. Clean cut with internal silicone gripper around the thigh. The waist band is thick and thight, you feel safe that they will not slip. It is also comfortable.
To summarize, these Rosti PRO1 Shorts, are the classic black shorts which you can match with any kind of colours and design, because everyone knows that black goes very well with everything. Super style and high performance are the two keywords to describe these shorts.