Yorkshire in the summer is pretty similar to Sweden so when Sigr sent us their summer offerings we were only too pleased to get out there and test out the red and black ‘Sverigeloppet’ cycle jersey. Thankfully, it’s also superb right through to autumn, which makes it a really good wardrobe addition.
Sigr has been a favourite of Pedalnorth for some time. They consistently design and deliver cycling apparel gold with that touch of Swedish class. You just know if you buy one of their products that it will be just right for the job, well thought through and provides that level of class that other roadies will nod their heads in appreciation when they pass.
In a cycling world bloated with cycling apparel manufacturers, it’s incredibly difficult to pick out what will work for you, select the kind of kit that you need for your locality, your type of riding and more importantly, how to look cool or be that bag of spanners. There’s a cost to consider too; so when I tell you Armani designed and styled the Italian Police Service, you’re probably going to look away from Italy, as that statement conjures up huge costs. Hang on a minute and stick with me…
Living here in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, we’re surrounded by hills. This means that the kit we choose has to perform while we’re working hard all day long. In summer, it also means that the breathability is crucial and thankfully RH+ from Italy understand this. Their Climber specific jersey has been a revelation to wear over recent weeks. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.
Biehler is one of those cycling brands that are simply reliable. Their clothing range is of the highest quality and made with the very best fabrics, using their vast experience from the pro riders that Biehler work with.
The Supreme jersey is testament to their adherence to design and performance.
ALÉ have produced a quite simple but effective springwear jersey that also has its uses on those warmer days towards the end of winter, and on those colder summer days.
If you’re looking for the ideal winter jersey, that also comes in useful in late autumn and early spring, then this is definitely the jersey for you. In a short space of time, it’s become one of the jerseys that I instinctively go for as a favourite.
Alé from the Italian city of Verona understand simplicity; it’s in their dna and their new winter Colour Block thermal jersey is testament to their style
Simplicity can be stylish and beautiful. Alé from the Italian city of Verona understand this; it’s in their dna and their new winter Colour Block thermal jersey is testament to their dedication
ALÉ Dot SS Performance Jersey
Every now and then we want to feel like a racer. It’s instinctive, remember when you were a child, speeding along with the wind in your face, riding the race and leading the peloton … then turn for home and be brought back to reality.
Italian clothing company ALÉ understand this and produce kit that allows us to keep dreaming. The design, the cut, the material and technicity all combine to bring a sense of achievement to us. We like to look and feel like a racer and the ALÉ Dot cycling jersey, combined with their Speed Fondo shorts totally embrace and encompass this. Never blame Italian sizing or cut for the fit; blame it on your poor diet and failure to refuse cake, because this kit from ALÉ typifies great styling and fits like its part of you. What shape and size you are is a personal choice – just saying. Seriously though, it’s like wearing a super hero suit that you can dream big in and which performs at the highest level.
Yes, make no mistake this is a performance kit, ergonomically race cut to fit perfectly and creating a sleek second skin feeling, maximising aerodynamics and comfort. ALÉ have worked closely with their pro teams to body map and utilise materials in the right areas.
They’ve used their MICROAERO fabric at the front for its super-lightness and elasticity (110g/m², UPF 50+). It adjusts perfectly to your form like a second skin and has superb wicking and ventilation, meaning that it also drying quickly when the weather requires or causes it to be necessary. Riding in North Yorkshire this has been tested and it performs as expected for a high end garment, proving to be super comfortable in all conditions, whether hot when you need the ventilation or damp when you need it to dry quickly.
For the back panel ALÉ have used their RAP DRY CARBON fabric with carbon fibers, next to its natural antibacterial properties, which they say promotes physical well-being by dissipating electrostatic charges and protecting the body from electrosmog and UV rays. All we know is that it fits and feels great and sucks away the perspiration, and also keeps the sun at bay. We often find clothing brands then neglect the sleeves and side bands, but not so with ALÉ. They recognise the specific technical needs, and have used 4 way stretch BIKE MESH which, thanks to its structure in polyester fiber in micro-section, improves breathability to leave the body fresh and dry, whilst adding to the superb close fit of the overall garment.
The easiest way to see exactly what ALÉ have done is to hold the panels up to the light, where you’ll then see the light thin mesh and be able to understand its performance purpose and design.
The elasticated arm band grippers are wide, soft and dimpled so that they don’t rub or cause discomfort, once again fitting to the skin perfectly whilst allowing the necessary movement. This is matched by the equally well designed waist grippers, made strong and wide and finished with a silicon band at the back. There’s three good pockets to stow away necessities and a crucial zipped pocket for keys and coins. The front zipper is strong and tough and hidden away to keep the wind at bay, with a cloth guard at the top to add further protection.
How does it all perform – extremely well indeed. ALÉ have placed this jersey at the keen rider who wants the best kit. It performs in the toughest of conditions and has the best of materials used in the panels, each with a specific purpose. It fits perfectly to the body, meaning that the rest is up to you. Design wise it’s stylish, modern and subtle, with the base charcoal/ black graduating in dots into the main colours: you can choose from blue, yellow, orange and white.
We really like this jersey and it’s performance. We’ve used it in all conditions, on short and long rides and in the rollers. It ventilates and wicks well, dries as stated and stays comfortable too. It’s a jersey you’ll be proud to wear and that’ll make you feel like a racer again and we all like to dream … don’t we 😉