Seven highlights from Sportful’s 2017 spring/summer clothing range
Italian apparel brand launch new climber's jersey, pro-tested waterproof jacket and go-anywhere Giara range
by Colin Henrys
Italian apparel brand Sportful have expanded their range for spring/summer 2017, with the introduction of a super-light, breathable Cima range designed for the mountains and a versatile Giara range designed to offer good looks off the bike and strong performance on it – be that on road, gravel, canal paths or more.
Suppliers to UCI WorldTour teams Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain-Merida, Sportful have also updated their pro-tested Stelvio jacket and women’s Primavera ranges, while their HotPack and NoRain ranges remain integral parts of the collection.
We’ve been big fans of Sportful’s excellent apparel for some time in the RCUK office and found plenty to look forward to when the new collection originally broke cover back at Eurobike.
So what’s new and what should be on your wishlist, with the range now available to buy? We’ve picked out seven product highlights.
Sportful bill their new Cima range as ‘the ultimate clothing for conquering mountain passes’ which translates to super-light, highly breathable fabrics.
The latest addition to Sportful’s R&D range – the pro-tested, top-of-the-line apparel in the brand’s line-up – the Cima Jersey boasts super-light, stretch-woven HexaLight Stretch Fabric.
Offering great breathability, the fabric is also fast-drying and offers a close fit for comfort and aerodynamics when climbing in the mountains.
Sportful have also reduced the amount of seams to improve comfort and fit, while a low-cut collar has been designed to increase airflow.
At the back you’ll find the usual three rear pockets and a smattering of reflective detailing to finish it off.
Cima Bib Shorts
Paired with the Cima Jersey, the Cima Bib Shorts are also brand new for spring/summer 2017, and continue Sportful’s theme of race-ready performance fabrics.
Built for hot conditions, the Cima Bib Shorts feature a striking all-mesh leg, and a double-mesh back panel which the Italian brand say balances comfort and breathability on the hottest days.
The bib shorts were developed with Alberto Contador and co at Tinkoff, and El Pistolero will continue to benefit from Sportful’s expertise at Trek-Segafredo this season.
Designed with the pros in mind (which is why you’ll find a hidden radio pocket), aerodynamics have also been encountered for with all flat-lock stitching placed out of airflow. Marginal gains indeed.
The pro-tested Stelvio Jacket has been three years in the making and promises the ultimate protection in the worst weather conditions.
Sportful have dubbed it ‘the Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain-Merida riders’ secret weapon in foul weather conditions’ and it will take its place in the pro peloton through the spring and into the Giro d’Italia.
The Jacket has been crafted from a breathable RainWick Stretch fabric, which promises a highly waterproof membrane and a DWR finish to bead water away.
The Stelvio has a three-layer construction, and Sportful also promises first-class breathability so there’ll be no ‘boiling in the bag’.
The Giara range is another new addition to the line-up for 2017, blending performance and style to make it the perfect go-anywhere option.
The full range includes a jacket, bib shorts (see below), gloves, caps, overshorts and socks, alongside women’s-specific options where relevant.
One of the more eye-catching features, however, is the jersey – the stylish look means it won’t look out of place in the city or exploring gravel roads and tow paths, or even off the bike at the mid-ride coffee stop.
The upper body is crafted from heathered polyester fabric, while the colour highlights are reflective for added visibility.
Featuring three rear pockets, and a fourth zipped pocket, the jersey features a looser cut but still boasts technical fabrics.
Giara Bib Shorts
Accompanying the Giara Jersey are Sportful’s Giara Bib Shorts – there are also men’s and women’s overshorts, and women’s-specific shorts in the range – which share DNA with the brand’s race-inspired kit.
Sportful have utilised high-stretch fabric to cut down on the number of seams and, combined with the BodyFit Pro pad, offer plenty of comfort.
Lightweight mesh bibs and internal leg elastic grips complete the look, with a more casual styling and all-day comfort the key design briefs according to Sportful.
We put them to the test in Tuscany, and can certainly vouch for that comfort and classy styling.
HotPack Ultralight NoRain Jacket
Sportful have paired two of their most successful ranges with the HotPack Ultralight NoRain Jacket, offering the packable convenience of the HotPack Ultralight Jacket, blended with 20,000mm waterproof NoRain properties.
Utilising RainLite fabric tech, the jacket remains extremely packable – capable of folding down into a jersey pocket – even if the weight is slightly more (at 105g) than the standard HotPack Jacket.
Stretchable, breathable and, most importantly, reliable rain protection is at the jacket’s heart and you’ll also find an ergonomic fit and long tail.
Both the HotPack Ultralight Jacket and Sportful’s NoRain tech have impressed us before now, and this year you can get the best of both worlds in an ideal package for unpredictable British summer weather.
Sportful’s technical womenswear has a fresh new look, including the Primavera jersey with a new colourful print.
Away from the stylish aesthetics you get mesh side and arm inserts for breathability, an elastic hem with silicone grippers, three rear pockets, a two-tone YKK Vislon zip and reflective accents at the back.
Available in combinations of pink, green and blue, the jersey is yours for £55.