When FBG Tish and I were cycling our little arses off in Mill Valley, Calif., for the Team Luna Chix event, we not only got to ride our bicycles alongside some gorgeous scenery, but we also got to sport some rocking gear. Since it was our first time really cycling, we may not have had any idea what we were doing out there, but we sure did look the part. Below are three of the Luna Sport pieces that we put to the test!
Tish and I both got to rock this top, and we immediately ooohed and ahhhed over its cute design and functional pockets on the back in which we stuffed as many Clif Shot Bloks as we could carry. The back of the jacket also features a Japanese plum branch print, which I became a bit obsessed with. (I swear I was Japanese in a past life ’cause when I see Japanese-inspired pieces I swoon.) The top is stretchy and form-fitting, but in a slimming way, and it keeps you both warm and sweat-free on a moderately chilly day (hellooo San Fransisco weather).
I also appreciate the smoothness of its zipper. Yes, this is a weird thing to praise, but I have a few jackets that are just a pain in the rear to zip up. They get caught easily, or the zipping process is hard to even get started. This jacket’s zipper though? Smooth as a long ride with a great view.
Oh, the clever ones that named this short the Epiphany. Besides all the bawdy humor that swirled around in my noggin concerning the name, the short itself had me smiling. You all know this was my first bike trip…EVER. I thought post-ride I’d be feeling inner thigh and butt hell, but I was good to go.
When I first put the shorts on, I was a little disgruntled with the padding. I felt like I had an elephant-sized pad in my pants, but I’ll take a pad any day if it prevents days of body revenge from biking. Which it did. I think we deserve riding gear that eliminates the sore and allows one to explore.
While Tish was sporting the Epiphany (and how fitting! She actually did have an epiphany on the ride—see her tips!), I got to try the Ricicli short, which is made of 88 percent recycled nylon. In fact, the name Ricicli means recycled in Italian. Cool, right? This is also the fave training short of the Luna pros, so I’m in good company saying that they rock.
These shorts were just long enough to keep chafing to a minimum, and they were tight, but I didn’t feel like a sausage. And the padded bike seat? I know Tish said it above, but let me repeat it again: OMG, such a necessary feature.
While we love these pieces of clothing, there’s no doubt that they carry a high price tag. (One-hundred bucks and up!) But I think I’d rather invest in one of these bike shorts and have to do laundry all the time than have 10 pairs of shorts that don’t protect my bum during a long ride. What about you? —Jenn & Tish