Skinsuit by Design Vol. 2

5 Sep

When we chose the next skinsuit design to be featured, we actually chose something that was close to us. And that was the team kit for Team Rubicon-Orbea. A team with very close ties to the Livestrong Foundation. There are several reasons why we love this skinsuit design. But first of all would be the color choices: Yellow and black and how these two colors achieve perfect harmony. There are several variations of this skinsuit design but nevertheless the general look is somewhat the same. The photo above shows Andy Williams, and the skinsuit perfectly merges with his body and managed to emphasize the subtle bumps and curves in his body. As we have mentioned before, sometimes the design of the skinsuit can make or break the look of a cyclist.

The skinsuit sports a deep and dark yellow color. It’s quite striking while remaining subtle and pleasing to the eye. The colors combined with the skinsuit fabric lend a somewhat classic look to the skinsuit. The fabric doesn’t display the usual lycra shininess or extreme glossiness. Whether that is a good thing or bad thing is a matter of personal taste.

In action, this skinsuit blazes through the velodrome with its bright colors and distinctive simplicity. The design and color layout is simple and minimalistic yet effectively conveys the team’s inspiration and that is the Livestrong Foundation. While the skinsuit design itself is littered with ads, unlike other designs this one looks clean even with ads plastered. The skinsuit also manages to make the cyclist look good during sprints as the colors merge with the cyclist and the body fluidly moves with it.

Casually, the cyclists look good with this skinsuit. Unfortunately, we’ve found a flaw with this design. Only cyclists with mesomorphic bodies, with large thighs, and muscles, or who are generally bigger look good with this skinsuit design. Those with ectomorphic features, who are leaner and skinnier, don’t look quite as good and in some cases look bad with this skinsuit as the design somewhat falls apart in the lower extremities.

So take for example the photos above. The lean track cyclist, Jason Allen has ectomorphic features and is actually quite tall. He doesn’t look too good with the skinsuit compared to Andy Williams or Dean Tracy who possess more muscular bodies. But generally, lean cyclists don’t look too good with a lot of skinsuit designs notable exceptions include the previously featured skinsuit design (the british national kit for sydney 2000) which look good with lean cyclists.

In podium shots cyclists look good with this skinsuit on. Again it is the combination of the subtle design, and the colors which must be in harmony with the cyclists body who must have big thighs and muscular upper body.

When positioned in a bike, cyclists look good with this skinsuit on. In a standing start, the skinsuit manages to display all the muscle definition in both the upper and lower extremities. Then coupled with the bright colors, the zooming cyclist will actually look cool and fast.

In quieter moments, this skinsuit still looks good. The understated, minimalist look is quite calming, the colors arguably soothing to the eye and the simplicity of the design blends the skinsuit with the cyclist. All in all this remains as one of our favorite skinsuit designs.

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