Reviewed: Velocio 2014 spring/summer collection
We put Velocio's new women's kit to the test, and their apparel is a great choice for summer rides
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The niche cycling apparel market is growing quickly. However, few companies have managed to knock women’s clothing out of the park. While Velocio aims to abandon any preconceived notions about what performance-based clothing should be, they have managed to produce a collection that exceeded our expectations, a refreshing addition to the world of chic cycling attire.
You can read more about Velocio in VeloNews‘ first look.
Velocio Signature Jersey >> $159
The signature jersey subtly stylish, featuring a small color band on the sleeve with an otherwise all-black finish and attractive cut. It’s also a treat to wear. The most compelling feature of this jersey is the fabric — the Resistex BioCeramic fabric, used throughout the Velocio line, is high quality with comfort that is hard to match. The side panels are a light mesh material, while the front panels provide a bit more protection from the wind and elements.
Functionally, the jersey meets all of our requirements. The BioCeramic fabric not only feels great, but the highly technical material serves an important purpose in the hot sun. It blocks harmful UV-A and UV-B ultraviolet rays, protecting the skin and creating a natural barrier against the heat. This is especially crucial on hot days, but because of its ability to aid the body’s temperature regulation, it’s an excellent choice for a mid-layer on cold days.
The jersey has a traditional three-pocket design, which is taken a step further with an additional zipper pocket. Even with the slim fit, the pockets are substantial enough to carry ride essentials, and the zipper pocket fits keys, ID cards, and other small items.
The zipper is the jersey’s only downfall. It is very small, and while the protector at the bottom of the zipper is a well-intentioned design, it makes it tricky to zip or unzip, particularly when you’re in a hurry. It also seems to get stuck on the seam of the fabric fairly easily.
Velocio Signature Bib Shorts >> $199
The signature bib shorts are not unlike their jersey counterpart when it comes to quality and precision. The cut of this garment and the superior fabric choice are a winning combination.
Finding a bib short fit for a women’s body is not easy, as choices are not abundant. Initially, we were apprehensive about the mesh front panel thinking it would cause too much heat retention in the summer time. After several rides in high temperatures, that concern was not realized. Instead, the mesh front panel offers stability for the bib straps, and it serves as an ultra-light breathable base layer.
The Velocio-branded leg band is one of the best features by far, providing comfortable grip without pinching the skin. In the colder months, knee or leg warmers sit comfortably under the band without bunching or slipping. The Cytech chamois, designed by Italian company Elastic Interface Technology, is one of the most comfortable chamois we have tested. The padding is subtle, but it delivers the comfort and support needed for long days in the saddle.
Velocio Wind Vest >> $159
A wind vest is perhaps the most underrated, yet necessary, piece of cycling clothing for every season. Even in the summer months, having a light wind vest makes any descent or cool day that much more enjoyable. Velocio’s wind vest is an absolute must for nearly every ride.
Especially in the warmer months, a wind vest is not meant to stand out. It’s meant to provide protection from the wind or rain, and when unzipped it shouldn’t feel cumbersome. Because the Velocio wind vest is form-fitting and true to size, it’s an easy, no-hassle addition to your basic summer kit — and it packs in the jersey pocket without noticeable bulk.
Like the jersey, the vest features three pockets with a small zipper pocket. This extra storage space is a welcome addition. We also appreciated the wind-resistant fabric and mesh backing, which make it a truly versatile layer for all conditions.