ROSTI Hypno Jersey, Pro Bibs & Hypno Socks
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
There are certain brands within cycling that you instinctively know produce great quality clothing. They literally stake their very valuable and well earned reputations on the quality of their performance cycling gear – and Rosti from the north of Italy are one such brand. So, when the package arrived in late winter, containing their latest design for spring 2022, I smiled widely.
Their HYPNO jersey carries the usual Rosti design credentials, and is like wearing a piece of modern art on fabric. Concentric circles cover the jersey in a hypnotic pattern, with a white background, so that taken as whole, the finished design is modern and chic and yet harps back to those heady days of the hip 1960s. If you’re looking for unique performance clothing, then Rosti is definitely the brand for you. I simply love their artwork. Anyway, to more technical things; how does the jersey stack up in terms of its technicity and performance.
On initial inspection, Rosti have used at least 4 different fabric types on the various parts of the jersey. In doing so, they’ve thought in detail about the body part being covered and how it both performs on the bike and how it needs protecting. For example, there’s a reasonably lightweight fabric chosen for the front, which is lightly perforated to aid air flow. However, the fabric weave and perforations are such that they still keep the cold winds at bay. Yes, it’s a light fabric, but this is a performance jersey. The high quality fabric is chosen to both keep winds out and allow your body to breath. The fabric chosen for the back of the jersey is lighter still, and has a more defined perforation, allowing your sweaty back to breath easily when riding. Then, down the sides of the jersey, Rosti have used a mesh style weave, super light and strong, allowing that extra air flow that hard working arm pits require.
The sleeved are made from a strong 4 way stretch lycra, with that necessary touch of compression. Overall, all of the panels on this stylish jersey are cut to form fit, using high quality multidirectional technical fabrics, meaning that you look and feel great wearing it. The jersey is finished off with a high cut collar, strong and good quality concealed zipper, and a wide elasticated and silicon gripper waist. The 3 rear pockets are strong and stretchy, and Rosti have added that necessary zipped pocket for keys.
Okay, that’s the design and technical detail out of the way, so let’s talk about the overall finishing. One of the great things about Rosti is their quality, and when you turn this jersey inside out, the seams and the stitching is truly superb. It looks like a high quality garment ought to look; it’s balanced, elegant, well thought out and is a jersey that works in harmony with your body. Add to this, the design and fabric technicity and you’ve got a great jersey. On the road it’s been super comfortable, close fitting and stylish, allowing free movement and with excellent airflow, meaning that I’ve been able to ride hard and not end up feeling sweaty and uncomfortable. Now it’s time to look at the shorts.
One aspect of Rosti bib shorts that I really like are the straps. There’s not fiddly and ultra thin and tight fabric straps, often found with other brands. These Rosti Duotone mesh braces are well thought out, made from high quality and strong, wide cut fabric and they sit on your shoulders softly and easily, leaving you feeling just right. They look like quality straps ought to look, they feel like quality straps ought to feel and they certainly are performance orientated and made to be completely comfortable. They’re strong and stretchy and they make you feel like a cyclist ought to feel when wrapped in lycra. And, Rosti have ensured this high quality Duotone fabric is cut to merge into the lower black fabric, with the open back strapping and lower back mesh giving the opportunity for excellent breathability.
The lower short areas are made from the Rosti Thunderbike fabric: 80% Polyammide and 20% Elastane, and are panelled to maximise fit, bonded and stitched together to be ergonomic and form fitting, due to the multi-directional fabric. The cut is designed for performance, meaning that the fabric has a reasonable compression feel to them too. Thunderbike fabric is a rubber polymer; more precisely, a fabric with high density bonds that reinforce its structure. These are a very modern and stylish shorts, and the simple black design means that they easily go with any of the jerseys from the Rosti range. At the thigh, Rosti have used a clean cut finish with an internal silicon gripper, keeping the look modern and maximising the performance feel of the shorts. In use they’re super comfortable on both long and mid-range rides, due to the Rosti Bormio® pad with recycled yarns, which is designed as being suitable for long distances and with a quick-drying 3D structure. It’s certainly a very comfortable pad on long and hilly days in the saddle.
Branding is minimal on the shorts, keeping them modern and stylish. When worn together with the new design Rosti HYPNO jersey, you’ll be well clothed in high quality performance cycling wear for spring and summer.
We finished the outfit off with the Rosti Shape summer gloves. It’s a close fitting performance glove, made from BOOST® strong multi-directional fabric, with excellent padding on the palms. The gloves certainly provide great comfort all day long, due to the softness and strength of the fabric. The inner fabric of the SHAPE gloves is adherent, the thicker palm padding guarantees better protection of the palm of the hand nerves.
The gloves have tabs to help pull them on and off – often a tricky aspect of close fitting summer gloves. The Rosti Logos are embossed but kept subtle and chic, so that these stylish gloves go with any outfit – always a bonus for style conscious riders. The SHAPE gloves also are available in shades of Burgundy red and Forest green alongside the more basic black and white, if you want to add some colour.
Listen, I know that some people have a foot fetish – that’s their thing and I’m fine with that. I don’t, but I do have a thing for good socks. Coming from a mountain background, I know the value of looking after your feet. After all, it’s the hardest working part of your body and it deserves the best – whether that be custom fitted shoes or the very best socks. And this is truly relevant here, because for a general cycle clothing brand, the latest range of socks from Rosti is truly awesome. They’re ultra high quality and performance, and so well made. Yes, I know that I’ve mentioned the Rosti design ethos before, but these latest socks from this growing Italian brand are almost works of art themselves.
By using the multi-directional lycra fabric on the leg of the sock, Rosti achieve several things. From a performance perspective, the socks are soft, very light and extremely aerodynamic. The upper sock adheres perfectly to the ankle and calf without any rubber band, simply using the fabric and small silicon grippers at the internal edge, promoting blood circulation and minimizing friction with the air. The special fabric is made of 79% polyester and 21% elastane, and keeps the ankle dry and fresh too. Best of all, it feels superb on and stays neatly in place, giving you a gentle compression feel. And, because it’s a lycra based fabric, Rosti can print their awesome designs directly onto the fabric, meaning that you look chic and stylish.
Looking at the lower parts of the sock: the heel, gusset, instep, sole and toe, are skilfully merged into the upper lycra, whilst themselves being a standard woven fabric, designed with specific weaves in the various areas of the foot. There’s good reinforcement on the heel and toe, a string ankle cycle and sole, and a very breathable weave pattern across the bridge and instep areas. It’s certainly a high quality sock, well made and will last a long time. Feet do so much work for the cyclist and socks are not simply an afterthought. Rosti know this and have produced a truly superb summer sock for cyclists, and one that also carries the brand design ethos with pride.
It’s not often that I’m completely blown away with the quality, design and performance of a brands new cycling clothing. However, everything about this HYPNO outfit from Italian brand Rosti is superb. The level of detail and finishing is excellent, the performance on the bike is super comfortable and form fitting, meaning that you as the cyclist can simply concentrate on the ride. There’s a uniqueness about Rosti cycling clothing, and as we’re all unique too, why not wrap yourself in Italian styling this spring and summer, and take a look yourself at Rosti. The quality of fabrics, finishing and design certainly won’t disappoint and you’ll benefit from the added performance that this modern brand sews into every garment.