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Trek is getting back into the clothing game and jumping back in at a premier level. This new Trek clothing (no longer Bontrager-branded) looks to challenge the top-tier lines in fit and sustainable fabric choices. The new clothing line looks to separate itself from the past with reduced material waste, less packaging, and a world-class ride feel — did they achieve it?

Read on and find out…

Why Trek clothing, not Bontrager?

The first question that comes to mind is, why Trek? The line is more tailored and a bit more premium-focused than the Bontrager clothing of old — though they do use some of the same familiar Bontrager naming conventions, like RSL, Velocis, Circuit & Solstice. Once you see it all, it’s easier to understand.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike lifestyle

Sustainability and fabric choices

A large part of the Trek clothing story is their more responsible choice of fabrics and a lessened environmental impact of clothing production. Clothing (particularly fast fashion, single-use consumer-style) is the 3rd most-polluting sector after oil & gas and agriculture & maritime shipping combined. In more precise terms — of the total fiber input used for clothing, 87% is ultimately incinerated or disposed of in a landfill.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike on the terrace

To combat the waste that products like this have on the planet, Trek has included recycled materials in 100% of the new road line. By doing this, they claim to havesaved nearly 46 tons of landfill waste.

Environmental impact — Less packaging all around

Trek also switched up the packaging from large hang tags to smaller 100% recycled content that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. They eliminated nearly 400lb of plastic laminates, just from jerseys & shorts hangtags compared to previous models. Remember all those silly chamois tech hangtags? Those are gone too, and by doing so, saved over 750lb of paper.

We’ve seen this move to more sustainable and compostable packaging with several smaller brands. And it is nice to see a large brand like Trek jumping on board, too.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike womens bibs

New Trek Itailan-made chamois

The new Trek bibs and shorts all arrive with a redesigned Inform chamois, descending from Pro, Elite & Comp levels in the Solstice line. The new chamois is “Made of Italian materials and was developed in the Trek Performance Lab.” That being said, it’s hard to narrow down the factory just from the look, which is classic and not overly padded like some modern pieces (at least in the Pro Inform model).

The cut is narrow but hits all the crucial spots, with a wicking and soft outer material that is very noticeable on hot days.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike in the mountains

2022 Trek Bibs and Shorts

The new Trek padded riding shorts line comes in three tiers and is available in both bibs (men & women) and shorts (men & women). What differentiates model-to-model is the fabric, compression, and grippers. Color options for the shorts are all black or deep dark blue — classic and should match most of your kit. Plus, there’s an all-new youth short for the lil’ shredder in your peloton.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike studio with full kit

Trek Velocis Bib/Short

  • Ride Type: Great for rides up to 2.5+ hours / 50+ miles / 80km+
  • Chamois: Pro inForm Chamois
  • Lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Fitted cut
  • Low profile bib straps
  • Raw edge leg opening
  • Premium silicone leg grippers
  • UV protection 50+
  • Styles: Mens, Womens, shorts, bibs
  • Colors: Black/Deep-Blue
  • Price: $124
  • Sizes: XS-XXL

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike womens bibs

Trek Circuit Bib/Short

  • Ride Type: Great for rides up to 2.5 hours / 35 miles / 56km
  • Chamois: Elite inForm Chamois
  • Lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Low-profile bib straps
  • Raw edge cuffed leg opening
  • Low-profile silicone leg grippers
  • UV protection 50+
  • Fitted cut
  • 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee
  • Styles: Mens, Womens, shorts, bibs
  • Colors: Black
  • Price: $125
  • Sizes: XS-XXL

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike bibs womesn

Trek Solstice Bib/Short

  • Ride Type: Great for rides up to 1.5 hours / 20 miles / 32km
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX tested
  • Chamois: Comp inForm Chamois
  • Midweight, breathable fabrics
  • Low-profile mesh straps
  • Extended mesh waistband
  • Cuffed leg band with a compressive fit
  • UV protection 50+
  • Fitted cut
  • 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee
  • Styles: Mens, Womens, shorts, bibs
  • Price: $100
  • Sizes: XS-XXL

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike womens

2022 Trek Road Jerseys

The new Trek jerseys have two stories; updated fit & construction AND fabric crafted from recycled plastic water bottles. Each jersey varies in its recycled material content, and it goes all the way to the top.

The Trek RSL jersey boasts 95% post-consumer recycled poly and 5% pre-consumer recycled elastane in the main fabric. The Trek Solstice jersey is made from 100% recycled polyester.

The recycled material and elastane don’t seem to affect the fit or the function, especially in the Trek RSL jersey.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Velocis Shorts RSL jersey

Trek RSL Jersey

  • Fit: Pro-Fit Cut
  • bluesign product and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX tested
  • Microfiber polyester materials on the front and back
  • Full-length mesh side panels
  • Elongated, raw-cut sleeves
  • Full-length zipper
  • Three open back pockets with built-in support
  • 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee
  • Color: Black/Dark Blue
  • Price: $160
  • Sizes: XS-XXL

Trek clothing 2022 Jersey

Trek Circuit LTD Jersey/Circuit

  • Fit: Fitted Cut
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX tested
  • 37.5active-particle technology
  • Raw edge sleeve with silicone gripper
  • Three open back pockets plus an additional inset card pocket
  • Drop-tail design with silicone gripper
  • Full-length zipper
  • UV protection 50+
  • Color: Black/White, Charcoal/Black Deep, Blue/Red Mulberry/Blush
  • Price: $75
  • Sizes: XS-XXL

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit on the bike womens

Trek Solstice Jersey

  • Fit: Semi-Fitted Cut
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX tested
  • Soft, breathable primary material
  • Three open-back pockets
  • Drop-tail design with silicone grippers
  • Full-length YKK zipper
  • Zipper garage and chin guard
  • UV protection 50+
  • 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee
  • Color: White, Black, Yellow
  • Price: $45
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
Trek race socks 2022

Trek Race Crew socks

Trek performance socks

Trek Race reflective sock: A reflective performance bike sock with a taller 5″ length and soft compressive yarn made with recycled materials.

  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Colors: Black/White/Yellow
  • Price:$20

Trek Race crew sock: A performance bike sock with a taller 5″ length and soft compressive yarn made with recycled materials.

  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Colors: Black/White/Yellow/Red/Blue
  • Price:$18

Trek Race quarter sock: A performance bike sock with a traditional 2.5″ length and soft compressive yarn made with recycled resources.

  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Colors: Black/White/Yellow/Red/Blue
  • Price:$16

First Ride Review Impressions

Trek 2022 Road clothing on bike

I was excited to take the Trek gear out of its packaging (or lack thereof). We received a sample clothing set of: RSL Jersey, Velocis bib short, Circuit jersey, Circuit short, and Race crew socks.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Velocis Shorts RSL jersy back

The material is very soft and shares many qualities of high-end cycling gear that I’ve worn over the years. The packaging is minimal, understated, and confident. It’s a nice change from piles of chamois pad sales fliers that can come with a new pair of shorts.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit kit sleeve gripper

I like the color pallete for the pieces I received, black for the RSL/Velocis kit, and Dark Blue/Red for the Circuit kit. Colors are classic and look great with standard accessories.

Trek 2022 Road clothing RSL on the bike

On the bike

The fitted RSL jersey is a Pro-Fit, but the fabric is very stretchy, and the pockets allow for easy stuffing of food, jackets, or other ride gear. You might need the jacket when you leave the house because this jersey is shear; you can see the bib straps through the jersey – and the wind can see through it too.

This thin material is something that I would love to have in the summer, but can be tough to navigate now in the spring.

Trek Road clothing 2022 full

I found the kit comfortable on my rides, and the new Trek chamois is super nice. The chamois volume is minimal, and its low-profile can appear uncomfortable at first. But ultimately, it is not.

I even found myself reaching for this kit for indoor rides — that’s when I know I like a short.

The RSL/Velocis short combo is a great companion in super hot conditions. The jersey is super ventilated. The short echos that and adds supportive compression, something notable on longer days in the saddle.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit kit grippers

The new Trek race crew socks are super solid, 5″ crew socks have a decent amount of compression, but not enough to be challenging getting them on. The socks are thin, but the construction is robust enough to stand up to many washes. The performance is trustworthy so far, and so is the construction. Nothing worse than a sock that rips or deteriorates in the washer/dryer.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit kit

Switching from the RSL to the Circuit jersey, I quickly noticed the thicker fabric and grippers. This jersey is more of a long haul; you’ll have it in four years, still under the same condition. The wide gripper on the front of the jersey keeps it secure from riding up, and the four pockets in the rear are a nice touch.

The material does seem to pick up some debris and particles of dust more than the usual polyblend, though.

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit kit rear large pockets

The Circuit bib shorts have a very familiar feel, the gripper is one I’ve seen on higher-end shorts, and the length is right on the money. They have a similar strap setup to the Velocis line with a thick-cut fabric emblazoned with the Trek logo. The straps are secure but not overly tight.

The back is a solid mesh construction with enough room for the lower back to breathe. The Circuit bibs have a different chamois, but the posterior feedback was the same as the Velocis — solid, you know… in a good way.

Parting Thoughts on Trek’s cycling kit return

Trek 2022 Road clothing Circuit kit zipper

Trek seems to have released a very impressive line of road clothing with a sustainable twist that doesn’t detract from the fabric’s hand or performance.

We look forward to seeing what additions Trek makes to this line with accessories and possible mountain bike gear in the future. Until then — I’ll be rolling the RSL on hot days and the Circuit for those long training days.

For more information on Trek road clothing, check out:

TrekBikes.com

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