There are a number of pet peeves that bug the road.cc team when out for a long ride in the summer sun: GPS dying, punctures, having to stop to buy more cake... and then of course there's our number one dilemma that eats away at our very souls... of course, we're talking about tan lines.
Luckily for us, and you, Ekoi have come up with a mighty fine solution to this problem with their new Solair jersey, that has a 'trans-bronzing' effect in order to block out the sun's harmful UV-B rays, but let in the UV-A rays that allow the skin to tan. Ekoi say it works like a medium-level sunscreen, protecting the skin to some degree with their patented fabric technology dubbed SunSelect Textiles.
It's of little use to those of us who simply burn at the slightest hint of sunshine (Ekoi say that "people prone to sunburn need to apply an additional sun screen before putting on the shirt in order to be completely protected") but for those who have trouble convincing non-cycling folk that epic tan lines are a badge of honour, the Solair could be just the ticket.
Ekoi show us the perils of not wearing their Solair jersey
The Solair has a full zip on the front and three back pockets, and is available in red, blue or green colours. It's only available through Ekoi's website direct, with the price set at €99/roughly £83. There's also a €50 discount if you buy two.
We can't wait to test the Solair out on the bike, and perhaps the sunbed, so check out our reviews section in the coming months for a road.cc verdict...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.