Ash­mei 3 Sea­son Sys­tem

From £55, ash­mei.com

Cyclist - - New Gear -

When we say Ash­mei’s new 3 Sea­son Sys­tem is ‘from £55’, there’s a bit of caveat, as 55 nicker pays just for the armwarm­ers. (In­ci­den­tally, ‘nicker’ is said to de­rive from Lon­don 1900s slang per­tain­ing to the use of nickel in al­loyed coin metal.) As for the rest, you’re look­ing at £75 for the leg­warm­ers, £235 for the bib­shorts and £220 for the jersey. Or £585 all in. That’s a lot of nicker. Or is it?

‘The key to the 3 Sea­son is ver­sa­til­ity,’ says Ash­mei prod­uct de­signer El­liot Wel­land. ‘The sys­tem all worn to­gether is best suited to tem­per­a­tures around 5-6°C, but as it’s mod­u­lar it can take you well past 10°C for a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. The fab­rics are all be­spoke, de­signed specif­i­cally for cy­cling, so are highly wa­ter re­sis­tant, wind­proof, com­pres­sive and breath­able by their very na­ture.’

That means the 3 Sea­son should re­tain its high­per­for­mance prop­er­ties, ride-in, ride-out, but more­over, as a com­plete sys­tem it is at least three kits in one: no-leg­warm­ers au­tum­nal hard­man, full-coverage win­ter and fresh spring bibs and jersey. That would still be £195 per kit, but we reckon it would cover you for at least nine months of the year, and given the qual­ity, would last for many years to come.

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