Cycling gear that looks as good as it feels
Finding great cycling gear is always a challenge, especially for women. The industry seems to have decided that if you want performance clothing that helps keep you comfortable on the bike, you also want to appear as if you are a professional cyclist too. Most of us don’t, we like the idea of high-performance cycling clothing, but also want to have a bit of style with it, and that is exactly what the Sweet Dreams range from DS PRO promises. This modern and forward thinking ladies specific cycle clothing brand pride themselves on stylish performance cycle clothing for women. The question is, do they deliver?
Sweet Dreams, sweet design
I want to start with the Sweet Dreams Aero Long Sleeve Jersey, a fully tailored race cut long sleeved top that has all the aero sculpting, cutting-edge stretch fabrics and ventilation you expect, but with a beautiful, eye-catching floral design.
It’ a lovely long sleeve jersey, the floral pattern with its green and pinky red colors really sets it apart from the usual racing gear. The Italian made stretch fabric is soft and breathable, with SPF 50 protection, making this a great option for spring, summer and autumn days. The female specific race cut, with the second-skin style providing great aerodynamics and good compression without feeling restrictive in any way. A rear pocket and full-length zip add practicality, making this a wonderful jersey to wear even on longer rides.
The range also includes aero socks that feature the same floral design. Again, blending practical touches such as fast drying Lycra material and vertical, textural stripes for improved aerodynamics and a unique and attractive design, they offer the performance we all want with a look that I love.
I paired the two patterned Sweet Dreams items with the very comfortable DS PRO Signature Mini Bibshorts, the all-white scheme matching perfectly with the floral design of the jersey and socks. They feature a snug fit and multi-panel professional cut, with well positioned padding and enough compression to give a flattering look without restricting movement.
On the bike
The question is, what are they like to use? The idea is to offer high-performance clothing that also gives a wonderful look, in terms of design, style and colors. All three garments achieve that, and more. The way the fabric is cut and shaped makes the shorts and jersey especially flattering. There is plenty of compression, but never at the expense of mobility. They are every bit the performance clothing that they claim. The well stitched seams and support from the material feel really comfortable even on longer rides.
These are not just technically great either, unlike much of the performance clothing I usually find, the Sweet Dreams range also made me feel special too. The design and colors are beautiful, they feel feminine and soft, without sacrificing any of the performance I want when out on a ride. Its not often that I see my reflection and smile when in my bike gear, but with these I did.
The Sweet Dreams range from DS Pro have great designs, flattering cut and compression and are really comfortable too. Definitely my favorite bike gear of the year, and I’ll be wearing my Sweet Dreams jersey as often as I can.