Winter Cycling with Prendas Ciclismo
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
Prendas describe this cycle clothing as midseason, however, it’s far more than that, due not only to global warming, but also due to the quality of the fabrics used. Yes, we’ve been using this and testing it during autumn, but we’ll also be keeping it out during those winter days when the sun still shows itself, and also when we want to ride hard.
One of my own favourite rides here in Yorkshire, takes in the locally famous ‘Mickley Bank’ and the climb up Warthermarske from Masham and Swinton Castle. It’s a ride where you can stop off for a coffee at Johnny Baghdad’s cafe in Masham’s historic market place, as the weekend cyclists gather from all around. It’s imperative to have kit that performs well on rides like this, out into the isolated country roads, and which then also looks stylish at the obligatory coffee stop, and this Prendas CC long sleeved jersey and bib tights are excellent. Add to this, their amazing price point for the quality, and we’d go as far as saying that you’d be hard-pushed to find anything better in that range.
The jersey is a race cut design, and one area that does need consideration is their sizing. It’s truly cut to Italian size options, meaning that you’ll need to go up a size from your normal choices, if you want the same fit. Once you’ve overcome that hurdle, then the race fit design is superb, with a warm Roubaix multidirectional fabric that wraps you in comfort and allows good freedom of movement. One particularly good aspect of close fitting but having good freedom of movement, is that on rides like the Mickley Bank and Warthermarske circuit, you can simply concentrate on standing up and powering away, as you keep on ascending.
The jersey also has a nice, high quality and well designed, wide cut elasticated and perforated fabric band at the front waist area, holding things in place. For the price point, this is a real bonus, usually only found on higher priced garments. It works so much better and looks so much more stylish than a simple fabric and silicon banded waist. The cuffs are wide cut and strong, and there’s also a high cut collar, which keep the wind at bay. The panelling design of the jersey and the excellent multidirectional stretch means that it fits to form and feels great when riding. It’s truly unrestricting and simply sits nicely against the body, making you feel like you want to ride. Best of all, the 3 rear pockets are strong and deep, keeping things from moving around as you work hard; and there’s a waterproof zipped pocket too for your cash and keys.
Moving on to the matching bib tights, what we look for at this time of year, and in these tough Dales rides, is a bib tight that fits like a second skin, doesn’t sag and has a reasonable compression. Then it has to be finished off with good, wide fabric straps and a mesh upper. Prendas have ensured that their Prendas CC tights are made from Miti Stelvio, which is internally fleeced and fast wicking to keep you warm and reasonably dry whatever the weather. They’re not waterproof, but they do actually help to wick your own moisture away from you on tough rides.
Their popular Pro Race chamois ensures comfort over even the longest of rides, and it performed really well on our test routes, especially the climbs, making these bib tights perfect to help keep you warm and comfortable the road, throughout the cold winter months. The tights are finished off with good ankle zips, asking them easy to slip on and off, and they have adequate compression. Best of all, they actually stay in place, like a warm second skin, which is always good for race ready winter tights.
The design of both the Prendas CC jersey and bibs tights is spot on too, being a stylish navy blue, with coloured horizontal stripes to reflect the three grand tours ( pink, yellow, red). It’s all stylishly done and really makes these a very chic and modern choice for winter riding.
As I drop down the tight twisting lanes from the Yorkshire Dales, and back into historic Ripon, I’m really pleased with the Prendas cold weather clothing, and pleasantly surprised at the very high quality in fabrics and finishing at this price point. It’s certainly a brand to take a look at and which will look after you and your finances this season, And, in the current climate, that’s got to be a good thing – well done Prendas.