When Pactimo first sent me the Summit RFLX Raptor bibs, I was immediately drawn to the scale like pattern of the fabric. I kept referring to them as my "Game of Thrones bibs" until Anna Maria brilliantly suggested that maybe they were less dragon and more mermaid. Paired with the Summit RFLX Jersey in "Ocean" and Tenspeed Hero's Resort Striped socks, we decided to shoot the Summit Collection at Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade.
Mermaid Parade is the story of two mermaids who get legs for the day and explore the wonders of Coney Island by bike before returning to the sea.
One of the main themes of the Summit Collection is visibility. The rider who picks up the Summit Collection specifically rides and rides often. This means they have early low-light departures and late dusk returns. Both the Summit RFLX Speed jersey and Summit Raptor RFLX bibs feature silicone-impregnated, wide RFLX reflective arm band and rear waist gripper. Consisting of Pixel® fabric membrane from Plastotex, the RFLX™ fabrics have refractive elements added directly into the cloth. In daylight the fabric appears like any other on the garment—but when illuminated by exposure from direct light, such as a car’s headlights, RFLX “explodes” with brightness.
Built with and heavily inspired by input from Alison Powers and Shawn Heidgen, the Summit Raptor RFLX bibs are a good illustration of Pactimo's female specific design. The T-back design of the straps sits high on your back and creates the support you need to keep the straps in place and from falling down off the shoulders. Added are the two tear-drop shaped cut-outs in the back mesh to increase breathability and limit excessive fabric layering from your sports bra, base layer and jersey. Pactimo worked with CyTech to find the best women’s specific chamois, the Endurance Anatomic 3 Carbon Flash is engineered with a unique curved anatomic shape using special high density foam to offer comfort on any ride. The Raptor fabric has a wonderful compressive but not restricting feel. The bibs also feature Flash coldblack® technology which means that unlike other black fabrics that absorb heat, these push heat and perspiration away from the skin while reflecting UV rays.
The Summit RFLX Speed jersey uses a next-to-skin fit and five different fabrics for specific performance. Across the front and wrapping around the side, Italian Superleggero fabric provides non-restrictive, lightweight performance and soft comfort. Strategic placement of Zero-weight mesh and carbon-woven TransferC™ in the underarm and down the center of the back achieves fantastic breathablity. A lycra yoke, Euro-length, set-in sleeves, low-profile collar and shorter front panels reduce drag and allow for increased aerodynamic advantage.