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Santini Lombardia Kit Tested by ProBikeKit

We got the chance to test the new Santini Lombardia kit in Italy straight from the factory! Since it was the 110th edition of Il Lombardia when the kit was designed, it’s particularly special. The colours picked out all the autumn colours of the Bergamo Lombardy region and complemented the surrounding of the time of year beautifully. During our trip, we tested the bib shorts, jersey, arm warmers, socks and technical cap.

When I saw the big pile of clothes to test ready for me I was a little excited to see it and soon pulled them out of the lovely zip packaging and put them all on just to see what I looked like. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised and took a cheeky selfie!

Full Santini Il Lombardia kit - jersey, warmers, shorts & gloves.

Full Santini Il Lombardia kit – jersey, warmers, shorts & gloves.

When we came to test in on the bike the very next day, I knew it was going to be a tough test – we were riding the last 60 km of the Giro di Lombardia with two huge climbs in it and two epic descents! The weather was around 18-20 degrees and slightly overcast, so it was going to be an uncomfortably hot ride.

Review of the Santini Lombardia Kit

This is a timeless classic outfit that looks great all year round and with the quality of the Italian made fabrics, it is an outfit that will come out season after season.

  1. Santni Il Lombardia Jersey
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    Santni Il Lombardia Jersey

    Straight away both the shorts and jersey almost felt like a second skin. The material is extremely soft and contours the body superbly. The sleeves are completely seamless and smooth on the arms so you feel no pressure points or irritations on the arms whatsoever.

    Santini Il Lombardia Jersey Sleeves

    Santini Il Lombardia Jersey Sleeves

    The three zip pockets at the back are large and sturdy, which is always a big feature for me as I carry quite a lot. I personally was carrying an iPhone, a Lezyne multi tool, a Lezyne pump, a Santini rain coat and Torq energy gels – so I was pretty laden up. The pockets were secure and safe and fit all my essentials in perfectly. Even with all this in the pockets the jersey didn’t move and remained a great shape.

    Santini Il Lombardia jersey - back pockets

    Santini Il Lombardia jersey – back pockets

    The cuff around the neck is a super soft material that did not restrict me in any way. So I was happy to wear the jersey zipped fully to the top.

    Santini Il Lombardia Jersey Cuff around the Neck

    Santini Il Lombardia Jersey Cuff around the Neck

    The Santini Lombardia jersey made me feel very comfortable and confident – it did help that the cut and the colours were so flattering!

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  2. Santini Il Lombardia Bib-Shorts
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    Santini Il Lombardia Bib-Shorts

    The shorts again, were cut amazingly. The leg grippers are seamless and have a tacky inside gripper to help it sit in place. Unlike most shorts that either dig in, move, don’t sit straight or feel baggy, these were the complete opposite. They were super comfortable and super secure, whilst giving the freedom to perform.

    Santini Il Lombardia Bib Shorts

    Santini Il Lombardia Bib Shorts

    I didn’t feel that the shorts dig in or cause any pressure points at all. The pad is on the thinner side of some other shorts I have tried but in this instance this wasn’t a problem as the cut was very good. The padding was in all the right places and the feeling of a slightly thinner pad enabled you to feel like the short was invisible which enabled me to freely move around on the bike with no restriction or bulky padding getting in the way.

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  3. Santini Il Lombardia Cotton Cap
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    Santini Il Lombardia Cotton Cap

    I have to say caps for me have never been a favourite of mine personally as I find them irritating, get in the way or don’t fit fit and just generally uncomfortable, but this is a very nice well made technical cap.

    It worked brilliantly to keep the sweat out of my eyes and keep my head warm on the descents. The fit was great and fit very nicely under my helmet, with no sign of pressure point of ill fitting.

    I was impressed with this and will be pulling this one out again in the future!

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  4. Santini Il Lombardia Arm Warmers
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    Santini Il Lombardia Arm Warmers

    These firstly look great with the outfit. They have been made with a stunning design to go with the outfit and have an amazing Lombardia design detailing on the cuffs.

    Santini Il Lombardia arm warmers and gloves

    Santini Il Lombardia arm warmers and gloves

    The arm warmers are secure and comfortable with no pressure points on the cuff at the top of your arms. They are thick and stretchy, so adapt well to the different body shapes.

    Santini Il Lombardia arm warmers

    Santini Il Lombardia arm warmers

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  5. Santini Il Lombardia Socks
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    Santini Il Lombardia Socks

    The Santini Lombardia socks are lovely and long and have not gone short on the material. They are slightly on the warmer side so if you suffer with cold feet or like the extra padding then this is a great sock for you! The colours of the socks bring out the stunning oranges in the shorts and jersey and complete the look beautifully.

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Heidi Anderson

Heidi Anderson

Writer and expert