Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - WORDS: ZOË BINDER IM­AGES: TIM BARD­S­LEY-SMITH

DHaRCO’s moto is ‘no or­di­nary life’, and their women’s range is far from or­di­nary. With a fo­cus on ma­te­ri­als that are com­fort­able and made to last, their de­signs are not only very prac­ti­cal, but in­cred­i­bly flat­ter­ing. DHARCO LADIES 3/4 JER­SEY PRICE — $ 65.00 I loved both the short and three quar­ter sleeved women’s jer­seys in DHaRCO’s Spring to Sum­mer weight, which has been made to act like sports wear, but not look like it. They were both breath­able and their women’s spe­cific cut fit per­fectly in all the right places. Wear­ing a looser t-shirt style jer­sey is great for all types of moun­tain bik­ing, and means you’re not look­ing like a dork be­fore or after rid­ing too. This is a great jer­sey for some­one who is just start­ing out moun­tain bik­ing, and could be used for a range of other sport ac­tiv­i­ties too, due to it’s mois­ture wick­ing fab­ric con­struc­tion. It has a pocket built into the side panel, which was a lit­tle small for a large phone, but held ev­ery­thing else I needed when out for a ride. DHARCO LADIES GRAV­ITY SHORTS PRICE — $ 119.95 The women’s Grav­ity shorts have been amaz­ing for trail rid­ing, and look fan­tas­tic on and off the bike. They are made from a sturdy yet light fab­ric that boast a four way stretch ca­pa­bil­ity, and a ‘no snag’ crotch de­sign. They are a slim­mer fit than some ‘baggy’ shorts I‘ve tried be­fore mak­ing them re­ally flat­ter­ing and ac­tu­ally feel like they’ve been de­signed with girls in mind. The shorts are un­lined so they could be worn on their own, or you can throw on your fa­vorite knicks un­der­neath for added com­fort, which I would rec­om­mend. They do run a lit­tle small and I would sug­gest or­der­ing a size up, as I am usu­ally a Medium (12), how­ever I had to go up to a size L, or XL if I wanted to wear nicks com­fort­ably un­der­neath. When in po­si­tion on the bike, they rise up just above the knee, and al­low plenty of room for knee pads as well. A zip­pered pocket at the back means money and lift passes are se­cure, how­ever I would have liked to see a pocked that was big enough in the shorts that could hold a phone, but these are fan­tas­tic. DHARCO LADIES GLOVES PRICE — $ 36.50 The gloves are a sum­mer weight mesh, with a pull on de­sign, that re­ally does live up to the ex­pec­ta­tion of ‘fit­ting like a glove’.They were per­fect for work­ing up a sweat while climb­ing, the up­per mesh layer al­low­ing heat to es­cape and dry com­fort to reign supreme. The soft but durable syn­thetic suede base how­ever, was thick enough to feel pro­tected while send­ing it on tech­ni­cal trails. They fit snugly on the wrist which, hav­ing small hands like mine, doesn’t al­ways hap­pen. They are true to size and have three fun ver­sa­tile colours that look great with a range of kit. These gloves are slim fit­ting, com­fort­able, ver­sa­tile and even have smart phone sen­si­tive fin­ger pads for on the go up­dates to so­cial me­dia, trail seek­ing on Trail­forks, or play­ing with a touch­screen GPS. They are re­ally af­ford­able and the new go-to glove dur­ing warmer weather!

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