Genio Road C3 Skinsuit
Considering that a cyclist's body represents the most significant source of resistance, aerodynamic clothing can go a long way in improving your average speed. And while skinsuits are more commonly found in time trials and criteriums, more and more riders are using them to get an extra advantage in road racing, especially if they have pockets for essential storage. So go ahead, drop the drag and go faster with the Santini Genio Road C3 Skinsuit.
Santini used feedback from their pro riders when developing the Genio Road C3 Skinsuit, and employs an ideal mix of their own technical fabrics to achieve the right balance of aerodynamic fit, durability, and comfort. The front of the jersey is made of a breathable mesh fabric with a full-length zipper so it can be opened up for ventilation, while a second-skin fabric is found on the back and sleeves for aerodynamics. The legs are made of a compressive fabric that provides targeted support to your muscles, and the suit is cut with a longer leg length to get the most out of its drag-reducing benefits. For a stay-put fit, Santini tailored the panels and included raw-cut sleeve cuffs and silicone grippers at the bottom of the leg. Three rear pockets are there to store your nutrition supplies and other essentials.
- Aero skinsuit made of faster-than-skin fabrics
- Contoured fit hugs the body for enhanced aerodynamics
- Airy mesh front with full-length zipper for ventilation
- Second skin fabric on back and sleeves reduces drag
- Compressive bottom fabric offers muscular support
- Three rear pockets carry snacks and essentials
- Ergonomic C3 chamois for comfort in the saddle
- Raw cut sleeves and silicone leg grippers secure the fit
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I got the burgundy version, and it's nice and understated. The white looks nice...but after years of riding I know that white looks very different when it rains, gets grimy, or if you have dark chest hairs.
My only other experience with an aerosuit is the Garneau Course, and I think I like this one better. I'm about 5'10 and wear a small, and the Course aerosuit shorts are designed for someone several inches shorter than I am--and there's no gripper (and for some reason the ends of the shorts on me tend to curl up, which I don't like). The Genio runs longer in the shorts and ends right above the knee on me, and has a gripper. Another difference I like is something not immediately apparent in the pictures, but the jersey front only goes down to the belly button. I thought this odd at first, but the advantage is the jersey has no material to bunch up when you're in the drops. The downside is obvious if you have a bit of a stomach though. The pockets are snug but not enough to be a problem. The side panels are somewhat sheer, so sunblock there on a sunny day might be a good idea. The material is stretchy and stays close to the body, as an aerosuit should.
I rode with this on a 75 mile ride, windy, 60s, and 4200 feet of climbing and descending--a good test of comfort. The chamois seemed sized well and I was satisfied with how it performed. I heard no buzzing from the material flapping around when going fast. That's what I mean by "slippery," and it was like there was nothing there. I can't speak to durability--so it may all fall apart after two rides. But it seems in good shape for now. Very pleased with this!