With their Fusion Suit, JL Velo has attempted to combine all the benefits of a short sleeve skinsuit with a classic kit. Has it worked? After doing some racing and training in it, I can confidently say it has.
The fit of the Fusion Suit is very similar to that of a traditional short sleeve skinsuit. It hugs your skin perfectly without being too oppressive- something that many skinsuits nowadays feel like. With its unhemmed sleeves, it feels incredibly natural to wear. The legs on it have a similar cut to the sleeves, keeping your legs comfortable on longer rides. JL Velo equips the Fusion Suit with their Performance Road Chamois. I only had one issue with the fit of the skinsuit. The cut of the shorts rises a little bit higher than most traditional bib shorts, but after a few rides, I didn’t even notice.
At first glance, the Fusion Suit doesn’t look as airy and breathable as skinsuits like Castelli’s Speed Suit. However, after using it on multiple training days above 90 degrees, it is still as comfortable and breathable as my summer jerseys. It’s the only skinsuit I would consider racing in for early season cyclocross races, where comfort and breathability are key.
There are other benefits to the Fusion Suit, including the two pockets on the back of the skinsuit, which are large enough to hold bottles and whatever gels you use on a ride, making the Fusion Suit a valid choice of outfit for a long road race. For me, the Fusion Suit earns a place in my regular kit rotation thanks to its comfortable fit and lightweight fabrics. The Fusion Suit is available in four different designs at JLVelo’s website. Plus, the Fusion Suit is available as a custom kit for your team or club and is part of JL Velo’s full line of custom products that have no minimum quantities and a fast turnaround time.
Cole Reece is a former junior national silver medalist and a Cat 1 on the track. He is currently in the Cinema and TV Production Program at Kutztown University. His love of cycling started as a child watching the Giro d’Italia. As of now, he’s semi-retired, a word which here means that he occasionally gets crushed in cross races.