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...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.