ASHMEI CROIX DE FER JERSEY & BIBS

£129/£235

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

Bri­tish cloth­ing brand Ashmei has been mak­ing in­no­va­tive and good-look­ing cy­cling kit for a few years. The new sum­mer range is a show­case for how the com­pany does things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.

The jersey

This isn’t just a cool look­ing jersey, it uses a su­per-fine merino as the base, feel­ing al­most silk-like to touch, and blended with 35 per cent polyester to add some form-fit­ting elas­tic­ity. Car­bon is in­ter­wo­ven to im­prove the wick­ing prop­er­ties. The Croix De Fer trans­fers mois­ture away and dries faster than any other merino jersey we’ve tried. De­tail­ing is su­perb; the three rear pock­ets are well struc­tured, with a smaller zipped valu­ables pocket. There are neat touches ev­ery­where – flat-locked seams, great form fit, and the Iron Cross – which is found at the sum­mit of the Croix de Fer French Alp climb – re­flec­tive de­tail­ing and the qual­ity YKK flat­lock­ing full-length zip. At £129 it’s not cheap, but when you’re wear­ing it you can for­give the price, be­ing one of the best sum­mer jer­seys we’ve tested.

The shorts

Ashmei’s bib shorts use a very tightly wo­ven mi­crofi­bre, which gives the ma­te­rial a strangely crisp feel. Get­ting them on is an ex­pe­ri­ence, as the tight struc­ture of the fab­ric means you re­ally have to pull, like putting on a wet­suit. Once on, they have a strong elas­tic, sup­port­ive fit that does with­out tra­di­tional leg grip­pers, but we didn’t have any trou­ble with them rid­ing up.

The ma­te­rial has a truly im­pres­sive abil­ity to shed light rain and road spray and the shorts stayed dry apart from when rid­ing in heavy rain. The plush, deep pad will suit en­durance rid­ers. The bib is heav­ily vented, stretchy and light, which does feel at odds with the struc­tured fit around the legs. The braces are highly elas­tic and at 46mm wide they fit very well and con­form to your shoul­ders, back and ch­est giv­ing you plenty of flex­i­bil­ity.

WE SAY High per­for­mance kit that’s the equal of more es­tab­lished brands

Great fit and looks from Ashmei’s sum­mer kit range

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