I was lucky enough to get hooked up Pactimo for a full kit in advance of 6 Hours of Temecula. Applying a tad of nothing new on Race Day I rode for it in a few time prior to race day to make sure there was not errantly wrong with its fit and other than that it was good to go on race day. This was the second set of Pactimo kit I had owned, the first set was as a result of accruing miles on Vamovo.
I choose the color way of this kit for no other reason that my bikes are black/white/red. It’s become a standing joke in our house that this is the modus operandi of my style and well, that’s fine. It’s sharp and doesn’t show the dust!
The Summit line is premium line and as such has all the bells and whistles, technical fabrics including cooling and reflecting technology!
Let’s look at the jersey.
Summit Speed Jersey. The jersey is soft and comfortable. It has a modification on the traditional raglan sleeves that reduces the number of seams and therefore the number of friction points. It has the more fashionable longer sleeves and they do not have those annoying skin pulling silicon grips that other jerseys have. The front is substantially shorter than the back, this is based on the ergonomics of bike riding, you are typically leaning forward which shortens the front and lengthens the back. Pactimo has actually cut the jersey to accommodate this. There is a full zip at the front. At the rear there are smaller pockets and an internal pocket for your race radio! There is a silicon gripper at the bottom of the jersey to keep it down
Summary. Having worn this (and crashed in it) at 6 Hours at Temecula this jersey is, quite frankly, amazing. It fit’s like a glove and despite its dark color the heat is not an issue. It looks sharp and it fits great which for me is not a usual thing…tall and thin has issues!
Now the bibs.
If you wear shorts and have never worn bibs all I can say is get some, right now!
Summit Raptor Bibs. These bibs come laden with technology. They draw heat and water away from your skin, they reflect the heat, the pad (let’s be honest this is the important bit) is “a unique curved anatomic shape. Offering the all-way stretch of the Elastic Interface™ Technology with a special high density foam throughout for maximum comfort and performance. Endurance Anatomic Men has a central channel to relieve pressure from the perineal zone and provide better airflow”. What does that mean, comfort, go all day comfort! Like the jersey they are shaped to conform to a riding position, this makes so much sense! Having a shape that mimics your position removes all those wrinkles and curves that get in your way! The legs are silicon gripper free
Summary. Much like the jersey these bibs fit like a glove. So much so that you just forget they are there! There is none of the elegant crotch pulling that you often see at traffic lights. They are the right length in the right proportion, I am 6’1 and both the bibs and the jersey were a size Large.
Overall. Pactimo is a smaller US (Colorado) based company. Based on my experience they offer a quality well priced and well-designed wardrobe of clothing. Their patterns are fresh and the clothing is laden with the technology that you expect in clothing that is usually two or three times the price! If you’re in the market for some new kit to see you into the fall and winter check out their website, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
This jersey and bib were provided free of charge by the good folks at Pactimo. See previous gear reviews in the sidebar on the right. If you have a product you’d like reviewed, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.