The Return of the Killer Kit

With our stock running low, the time has come for another order of the best looking non-ProTour kit going. Designed by Joe Yule of StageOne Cycling Apparel—the same graphic designer responsible for the stylish look of the Garmin-Transitions team—and produced by Boulder-based Panache Cycle Wear, this is one kit that never fails to get compliments.

We’re going to be doing things a little differently with this order. We’re ordering plenty clothing for stock so you can purchase stuff any time the urge strikes, but we’re also offering a discount of up to 20 percent (depending on the item) to those who pre-order.

We’re also adding another item this year: the secret weapon. A thermal bib short is one of those items that may see use for only three or four months per year even in cold climates, but they are the unheralded heroes of many a Spring Classic. To get a better sense of their value, you can check out my review of Castelli’s thermal bibs called the Claudio.

While the standard bibs are blue, the Roubaix bibs will come in black; consider it a humble nod to the conditions they are meant to endure. And like the other bibs, these include Cytech’s best chamois, making them as comfortable as anything you can find. The Roubaix bibs, unlike the blue bibs, are strictly pre-order.

Pre-order Pricing:

  • Blue Bibs: $105
  • Roubaix Bibs: $120
  • Jersey: $95
  • Arm Warmers: $30
  • Knee Warmers: $30
  • Wind Vest: $95

Pricing includes shipping, except for international orders, which need to add an additional $10.

Get your order and payment in by November 1 to take advantage of the discounted pricing.

RKP accepts Paypal and Google Checkout. Send your payment to killerkit@redkiteprayer.com.

Sizing comparison for Jerseys, Vests and Arm Warmers

Panache Capo Forma Voler Hincapie Castelli
Extra Small Extra Small Extra Small XXS Extra Small
Small Small Small Extra Small Small
Medium Medium Medium Small Medium
Large Large Large Medium Large
Extra Large Extra Large Extra Large Large Extra Large
XXL XXL XXL Extra Large XXL

Sizing comparison for Bibs

Panache Capo Forma Voler Hincapie Castelli
Extra Small XXS XXS XXS Extra Small
Small Extra Small Extra Small Extra Small Small
Medium Small Small Small Medium
Large Medium Medium Medium Large
Extra Large Large Large Large Extra Large
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23 comments

  1. michael

    what is the inseam length on the bibs? it is not indicated on the Panache website. looks like 9″ based on the photo above, correct?


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Michael: The inseam measures out at 10″. I’m not sure how other companies measure though; they fall at the same point on my leg as almost every other pair of bibs I have.

  2. stephen D'Amico

    Very nice, too expensive. As is most cycling clothing. It is the most depressing part of this beautiful sport that so many people are priced out of it.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Stephen: I believe if you compare this kit to other clothing of similar quality—custom or collection—you’ll find that the pricing is very reasonable. Perhaps you should try investing in one pair of great bibs (even if they aren’t these) just to see how much they can increase your comfort during a ride.

  3. papogi

    Padraig, any more of those black bibs left that were mistakes last year? I really like the black one I own. The blue ones for $105 are a great price for bibs of this quality. Great fabrics, stitching, chamois, and the chamois is cut to hide things (if you know what I mean), a feature often ignored in shorts of lesser quality.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Papogi: Yes, I do have some of those black bibs left. Drop me a note at: killerkit@redkiteprayer.com and let me know your size. I’ll see if I’ve got them.

      Michael: Thanks for kind words. I remember some years back when Giordana did some shorter inseam bibs for Sean Yates because he preferred the old style. Talk about the meaning of PRO! As I mentioned, I’m not sure how folks ordinarily measure inseam, but in laying the bibs out flat and measuring from the seam to the end of the leg gripper, I get 10″, which works out to falling on the same point on my thigh as Capo, Voler and Castelli. My Hincapies from 2009 are a bit longer.

  4. Michael

    @ Stephen

    Those bibs are easily worth twice that much at full retail if they were regular “off the shelf” available at your local store. $105 for a pre-order is a steal of a price!

    The rest is also very well priced, you would pay twice that for Rapha, 3 times that for Assos, 50% more for Capo or equivalent Pearl product.

    @ Padraig

    Thanks for that. I have been rocking some prototype 7 1/2″ inseam bibs most of the summer hence the reason for asking. Most major manufacturers use a 9″ inseam. I am growing fonder and fonder of the shorter inseam lengths I have to say, but that won’t stop me from ordering these!

  5. michael

    @ Padraig – it’s a semantic argument then, what I call 9″ you call ten. they end up being exactly the same length. Didn’t know about the Yates connection on the shorter bibs, ha! What was that about being PRO by not knowing you are PRO?
    ;)

    Honestly though I am really digging the shorter inseam length, it irritates by ITB less and gives you a more reasonable tan line!

  6. MarvinK

    I have a set and the pad is awesome, and the kit gets tons of compliments. My only complaint is the white strip on the shorts… high-end shorts shouldn’t have traditional leg grippers.. they should have compression bands. If my Garneau shorts had this pad, or the Panache had the Garneau leg band.. it’d be the only shorts I’d buy.

  7. MarvinK

    I think Michael and I would both be happier if the section of lightweight white material was replaced with a ~2″ compression band! :D


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Michael: I believe you’re right. I just wanted to give you the best info I could.

      MarvinK: For some reason, the longer cut of shorts with compression bands (Capo and Garneau are two of the longest I’ve seen) just isn’t a look I dig. When I see shorts reach the knee, I don’t think PRO, I kinda think Fred. Thanks for your purchase, though!

  8. MarvinK

    My Garneau shorts actually run an inch or two shorter than my Panache shorts (maybe the Garneau inseam is different for different sizes.. I wear a small). I was hoping the 3″ white strip could be replaced with a shorter band, as I prefer shorter inseams, too.

    Inseam aside, a lot of brands seem to be moving away from traditional elastic grippers. Do the Roubaix shorts have the same lightweight white strip at the bottom?

  9. Michael

    @Robot

    LMFAO

    @MarvinK

    Many companies are doing away with silicone leg grippers as there is a little-talked about but widespread problem with people developing intolerance or outright allergic reaction to the grippers. I am surprised it doesn’t get discussed more.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Sensitivity to leg grippers is something I’ve been fortunate not to suffer from, but I definitely hear about it, but for many riders I know, the switch to silicone seemed to help. Most riders I’ve spoken with experienced less or no trouble as compared to the old elastic kind.

      MarvinK: Custom works with the art on the panels, but doesn’t really apply to the design of the shorts themselves. If I ask them to change the cut of the shorts it’s a bit like saying, “That Camaro is cool; can you make it look more like a Mustang?”

  10. MarvinK

    Ya, I realize that about custom… but I figure you buying a bulk number and giving them feedback might go further than single consumers (I already sent them the feedback… since I love the rest of this kit and would’ve bought more direct from panache). I figure if I was a car dealer selling the Camaro, they might listen to me telling Chevy “you know… the Mustang and most other sports cars offer a xenon headlight option.. it would be cool if the Camaro did, too.”

    I don’t really care about xenon headlights, but I guess that’s besides the point.

    Do the thermal shorts have the same white strip at the bottom, or is it thicker material, too? I really like the overall kit–and the jersey fits perfect. I’m tempted to get another set.

  11. trev

    I hate to be the hating bastard but I don’t think its a good looking kit. I don’t mind the logo, but the colours are a little boring, but it also looks a bit like a mountain biker designed it. Just my 2 cents.

    why does my spell check keep saying I spelled colours wrong eh?


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Trev: I think of the blue as one that harkens back to the French teams of the ’70s and ’80s. It won’t work for everyone, but I love the marriage of the old-school blue with a much more modern asymmetric design. And while I like the way it looks on the bike, you shouldn’t trust my opinion; I’m biased. (And I log thousands of miles each year with the “mountain biker” responsible for it; I tend to like all his work, including the Garmin stuff.)

      We realize that not everyone will like the look and have elected not to make its purchase mandatory.

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