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Search and State S1-A jersey and S1-S bibs

Search and State is young, but since its launch in 2012 the brand’s reputation has grown quickly among cyclists who appreciate the finer things.

I rode in the S1-A jersey ($140) and S1-S bibs ($215) for the week of NorCal riding. Both pieces are produced in Manhattan’s Garment District, along with the rest of Search and State’s offerings.

Search and State S1-A jersey
Search and State S1-A jersey details

The jersey is rock solid. The fabric is super comfortable and the fit worked well for long days in the saddle — athletic cut, but not too tight. Check out the brand’s new S2-R Performance Jersey for a racing fit.

A standout feature for me was the zipper from Riri, a brand that makes zippers for the sails of world cup racing boats. It’s difficult to describe it until you use it, but it’s sure as hell a lot tougher than anything I’ve ever used from YKK. I wouldn’t rate the jersey as a “Drop everything, and buy it now!” but it certainly could make sense on a birthday wish list.

Search and State S1-S bibs
Search and State S1-S bibs

As for the S1-S bibs… Once you get past the $215 punch in the gut, you’ll have yourself some of the most comfortable big mileage bibs out there. I’ve worn seven or eight different brands of bibs, so I can’t speak to the entire market, but these are, undoubtedly, the most comfortable pair I’ve worn for long days in the saddle. The luxurious fabric and multi-density foam Cytech chamois make the S1-S the perfect accomplice for long hours of pedaling.

Behind-the-scenes look at Search and State production in NYc
Behind-the-scenes look at Search and State production in NYc

*Be sure to check out Search and State’s new women’s riding gear.