Bikes Etc - - WINTER LOOKS -

WHAT THEY SAY: The jacket fea­tures the op­ti­mised Wind­tex mem­brane that ac­tively blocks wind and wa­ter, so you can en­dure the el­e­ments in all-round com­fort, and a bibtight that will dampen vi­bra­tions on un­for­giv­ing roads whilst ef­fec­tively reg­u­lat­ing body tem­per­a­ture.

WHAT WE SAY: Wow! This combo de­mands in­clu­sion for looks alone. Although it’s avail­able in more sober colour­ways, this orange ver­sion makes us think of the 70s, of flam­boy­ant glam-rock stage cos­tumes and dare­devil mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers leap­ing rows of buses. And we don’t mean that in a bad way! Looks aside, though, how does it per­form? Well, there’s noth­ing re­motely last cen­tury about the way this has been put to­gether. Made from a com­bi­na­tion of Alé’s Lam­i­nated 3L and Stelvio car­bon weave, the jacket is es­sen­tially made up of three lay­ers: an aero­dy­namic outer layer that also keeps warmth in and rain out; a mid­dle mem­brane made of Wind­tex which, as its name sug­gest, blocks icy blasts while also wick­ing away mois­ture; and a Su­per Roubaix car­bon in­ner that re­tains heat and also claims to help lac­tic acid build-up. A high neck, com­plete with zip garage, fit­ted sleeves and a storm flap be­hind the zip all add to its weather-com­bat­ting ca­pa­bil­i­ties while four pock­ets (in­clud­ing a zipped se­cu­rity one) take care of busi­ness at the back. Avail­able in navy, green, red or orange. The bibtights, mean­while, use the same snug Su­per Roubaix car­bon found in the jacket, which is bet­ter de­scribed as wa­ter-re­sis­tant than wa­ter­proof. Alé’s Dou­ble Ergo HF pad, mean­while, of­fers lev­els of com­fort that could be de­scribed as lux­u­ri­ous. Both are avail­able in sizes S-XXL.

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