We can hardly say aÂ bad word about the Babici kit. The knicks in particular blew us away, and while the jersey isn’t perfect, overall the combo rates right up there. Pricing is on-par, too. Given this is only Babiciâs debut in the high-end market, itâs scary to think what we can expect from them in the future.
When we saw Babici’sÂ TV advert during last yearâs Tour de FranceÂ we were intrigued. In an increasingly crowded cycle apparel marketplace, their conceptÂ â combining Italian manufacturing with Australian designÂ âÂ really stands out.
The company’s aim is to offer no-compromise millingÂ and materials while retaining a distinct Antipodean identity. Their kit hasÂ already been received well in the Australian market so we were keen to see justÂ how well it stacks up against the some of the better-established players.
We were providedÂ with two items to review from the Corsa range: a pair of Veloce knicks and a Mortirolo jersey. Together with socks and a cap, they form the AUS$350 Corsa Kit. Style-wise, Babici have done themselves proud, with a simple but elegant colour scheme complementing a fairly classically styled cut that gives the ensemble a really clean look. They were going for a timeless style and have definitely met the mark.
Both the jersey and knicks feel really good as soon as you put them on. The knicks are snug and donât move around, and as soon as we jumped in the saddle we noticedÂ just how good the chamois is. The gel inserts and precise stitching made sitting on an already comfortable Fizik Arione saddle that much more of a pleasure.
Two hours in and we could barely notice a difference in ride comfort; the chamois really is as good as you’ll ever need.Â Chafing and irritation were never issues. The jersey was similarly comfortable thanks to its soft fabric and flat-locked seams, and it breathed really well.
Even in the rain, it remained comfortable and never got that waterlogged feeling that thicker jerseys can sometimes suffer from. Our only reservation is the sleevesÂ â they’re a little loose and could do with elastic cuffs or silicone gripper. Make sure you get the right size, too, as the jersey is meant to be form fitting and the âtoo-bigâ look isnât flattering.