History

Santini’s history is full of world firsts – these are important steps that consistently reinforce our dedication to creating the finest clothing possible, all of it handmade in Italy:


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  • 1965The revolutionary decision to specialise in cycling clothing production
  • 1976The introduction of Lycra fabric in bib-shorts, which had hitherto been made with black-coloured wool
  • 1976The introduction of antibacterial synthetic fabric chamois, aerodynamic ‘silk’ polyamide jersey fabric
  • 1977The introduction of ‘silk’ Polyamide jersey fabrics to boost aerodynamic efficiency
  • 1979Coloured Lycra bib-short production begins
  • 1982Windproof nylon fabric is introduced on wool jerseys to offer wind protection
  • 1984Sublimatic printing process is invented
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  • 1988Santini become suppliers of the official UCI World Champion and World Cup leader’s jersey
  • 1988Highly breathable and windproof Windstopper technology introduced into cycling clothing for the first time
  • 1993Santini begin our long-lasting relationship with the Giro d’Italia and the Maglia Rosa
  • 1999Digital printing introduced
  • 1999/2000Santini begin our longstanding relationship with the Australian National Cycling Team, developing the multiple-World Championship and Olympic gold medal-winning speedsuit
  • 2003The innovative Twist Gel silicon gel chamois is introduced
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  • 2004Santini introduce carbon fabric and gel fluid heat-welded chamois technologies
  • 2008Windproof, waterproof, and breathable Epic nanotechnology fabric is introduced
  • 2010Santini design the first eco-friendly jersey made of recycled polyester
  • 2011Introduction of the Acquazero product range: an exclusive series of products featuring the Acquazero treatment by Sitip, which makes garments water- and stain-resistant without compromising the fabric’s comfort, elasticity and softness
  • 2011Launch of NAT, evolution of the Twist Gel chamois featuring a Thermoshock core – an exclusive with incredible shock-absorbing properties, a unique cooling effect and self-massaging embossed micro cyclinders to boost circulation
  • 2012Santini introduce the ‘strategic’ cut, producing the first ever jersey designed specifically for the tuck position
  • 2013Santini launch MIG3: the lightest gel chamois ever, featuring a multiple density shock-absorbing gel core
  • 2014Introduction of the Interactive kit: the most aerodynamic combination of jersey and bib-shorts ever! The aero fit of a skin-suit with the comfort of wearing two separate garments
  • 2015Introduction of the innovative C3 chamois: realized with Carving Technology process, which consists in digging two overlapped foam layers and with the addition of rooted gel to set new standards for comfort and performance.
  • 2015Peter Sagan wins the first of his 3 World Championships in Richmond wearing the innovative River body suit.
  • 2016The Maglia Rosa is realized with the innovative Bodyfit fabric, created for a perfect fit and ideal for raw cut finishes on the jersey.
  • 2017Launch of the Redux line: unprecedented aerodynamics. Jersey and shorts, body road and sleeveless triathlon and short sleeves, with attention to detail to maximize the aerodynamic effect.
  • 2017The partnership with La Vuelta begins.
  • 2017The collaboration with the Trek-Segafredo Team begins.
  • 2018The partnership with the Deutschland Tour begins.
  • 2018The partnership with the Tour de Suisse begins.
  • 2018The collaboration with the Italian-Japanese team Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini begins.
  • 2018Introducing IMPACT shorts, with anti-abrasion inserts made with Dyneema fibers from Sitip and used by the Trek-Segafredo team at the Tour de France.
  • 2018Collaboration with the world champion Lizzie Deignan for the creation of the women's line signed "Lizzie x Santini".