Review: Pactimo Summit Jersey and Summit Raptor Bibs

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Pactimo’s Summit Jersey (L) and Summit Raptor Bibs (R) deliver solid upper-tier performance without breaking the bank.

Why You Would Want

You’re a passionate – and frequent – cyclist who’s looking for a classic-styled jersey-and-bibs combination that delivers solid functionality, but are not prohibitively expensive.

Pros and Cons

Beauty will forever remain in the eye of the beholder. Some prefer loud-and-proud. Others trend toward the more inconspicuous. I fall firmly in the later category, especially when it comes to cycling apparel. Just because I’m riding my bike, doesn’t mean I have to dress up in bright neon or wrap myself in argyle, hounds tooth, or whatever happens to be the pattern du jour.

This leaning toward the understated is what first attracted me to Pactimo’s burgeoning collection of branded cycling apparel. Though the Denver, Colorado-based company remains best known for its custom offerings, its non-custom line has come a long way since its launch three years ago. And it’s all available on-line, which helps keep costs down.

Top of that line is Pactimo’s Summit Series, including the Summit Jersey ($100), which even after the review process, has earned a regular place in my riding rotation. For starters it’s not overly flamboyant, hyper-colorful or otherwise flashy. Instead low-key styling, subtle color accents, and loads of well-thought-out functionality stand out.

The jersey melds several fabrics with fancy names such as Eschler Powergrid, Transfer–C, Speedskin and Zero-Weight mesh. Marketing speak aside, the end result is a nicely contoured top that’s noticeably soft to the touch, and has just the right amount of stretch in key spots such as under the arms and at the pockets.

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A full length zipper and mesh material under the arms improve cooling on hot days.

Like a lot of apparel companies, Pactimo makes some bold claims about temperature reduction and skin cooling. I wont profess that slipping this top will negate the hardships of riding during a 90-degree day. But the Summit Jersey certainly performed better than some similarly priced jerseys I’ve tested, which instead of wicking moisture, absorbed it to the point that you felt like you were wearing a wet towel.

Other highlights include non-elastic sleeves (I really don’t like elastic sleeves), safety-enhancing reflective trim (always good to be seen by cars), and a silicone gripper at the waist (helps keep the jersey from riding up). The three rear pockets are well-placed, and there’s even a small waterproof sub-pocket inside the center pocket that’s just big enough for an iPhone.

Moving over to the Summit Raptor Bibs ($160), it’s mostly a similar story. Styling is understated (though, I’d prefer a smaller logo on the leg), and functionality is generally solid (though I do have some nitpicks).

The main material is a nylon/Lycra blend, which yields elasticity, mild compression, and good abrasion resistance. Flat lock seams reduce the chance of chafe. A subtle silicone gripper on the inside of the double-turned leg band prevents ride-up without causing binding or irritation. And the unique double-layer knit (polyester inside, polymide outside) helps move moisture in the right direction.

Bibshorts fit is tricky to evaluate. No two bodies are created exactly equal. Along these lines, Pactimo trumpets what it calls silhouette articulation, which is another way of saying proper fit in the riding position. But for me these bibs fit good, but not great, mostly due to bunching around the inner thigh.

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The chamois has a pressure relief channel to enhance comfort. A subtle silicone gripper on the inside of the double-turned leg band prevents ride-up without causing binding or irritation.

Of course the most important element of any bibshort is the chamois. The Summit Raptor’s is designed with a curved anatomic shape, and uses high density foam and a pressure relief channel to enhance comfort. It all worked well enough on the bike, but the padding is definitely on the high-volume side, which will illicit “diaper” comparisons from some users. I personally prefer a little less loft. Chamois placement is also a little off, further back that I would like.

Bottom Line

Subtle bibshorts fit issues aside, this is a great combo that’s very reasonably priced. If you appreciate subdued styling – and just want something that works well, you wont go wrong with the Pactimo Summit Jersey and Summit Raptor Bibs.

Rating: Summit Jersey 4 out of 5 ; Summit Raptor Bibs 3.5 out of 5
Price: Pactimo Summit Jersey $100; Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs $160
Colors/Sizing: Jersey: white or black, S-3XL; Bibs: Black, S-2XL
More Info: www.pactimo.com

Review: Pactimo Summit Jersey and Summit Raptor Bibs Gallery
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Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs

A subtle silicone gripper on the inside of the double-turned leg band prevents ride-up.
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Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs

The chamois uses high density foam and a pressure relief channel to enhance comfort.
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No slippage here.
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Pactimo Summit Jersey

The jersey is very soft to the touch and breathes well.
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Three rear pockets, plus an internal waterproof pocket in the center provide ample storage room.
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The neck line can get a little tight, but the YKK zipper is top notch.
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Reflective accents help keep you visible during low-light situations.
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Full-zip front aids in staying cool.
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Mesh material under the arms helps with moisture management.
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Pactimo Summit Long Sleeve Jersey

The jersey also comes in a long sleeve version
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Breckenridge WX-D Vest

For cooler days earlier in the season, we mixed in the Breckenridge WX-D Vest, which is wind and water resistant -- and looks good, too.
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Breckenridge WX-D Vest

Pockets on a vest -- something we really appreciate.
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Breckenridge WX-D Vest

The vest easily unzips from the bottom if you want to let a little air flow in. The YKK zipper is burly and easy to operate -- even with gloves.
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Breckenridge WX-D Vest

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Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs

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Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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  • Andrew Ross says:

    I’m relieved to hear of your bib short issues, as I encountered the same thing. Pactimo bibs definitely fit strangely.

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