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:
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
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
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".