Ladies Cycling with SIGR for Summer
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
by Larisa Chinces, Executive Editor (Reviews)
SIGR are a relatively unknown brand outside of the Scandinavian countries. However, we first tested them last year and were extremely impressed, with both the design and the performance. When SIGR told us that they had some new designs for 2022, we thought that we’d take a look.
Climate change, violence, pollution, hunger, all of this and much more are affecting our planet and us humans. In times like these it’s the little choices we make that can affect life on a global scale. SIGR are located in the north of Sweden. The key points they focus on are equality and our planet.
They use 100% digital prototyping and 100% recycled fabric wherever possible and create sustainable nordic designs with a focus on longevity rather than the changeable whims of fashion.
Providing also the same designs for men and women promoting equality in cycling for both genders also sponsoring the Swedish Tour – a race through Sweden that’s more inclusive than many other big name races we could mention.
Looking first at the SIGR Nejlika ladies jersey, it’s a basic red block colour design, slim fitting and with a high collar. It’s one of their classic Signature Solid Jerseys. Signature solids are all luxuriously deep-dyed with a carefully selected colour, inspired by some element of Swedish nature, often the colour of a flower. This dyeing technique results in an intense colour with a beautiful lustre finish that really sings in sunlight. Nejlika, or ‘Clove’ in English, is a flower that grows in the northern hemisphere in Sweden. Nejlika prefers a sunny spot (don’t we all?) and has almost everything you could wish for in a flower – it’s super pretty, comes in many colours, grows year-round and is very sustainable!
The red colour symbolizes ACTION, ENERGY, STRENGTH, LOVE & ADVENTURE.
Branding is minimal and there’s subtle white strips on the collar for design. The fabric for the main body is made from super techno UV-SPF30 fabric, giving you protection from the sun. It’s a medium to lightweight fabric, multi-directional stretch and super soft. The side panels are made from a very lightweight and extremely breathable mesh weave fabric, aiding airflow and keeping you comfortable. Pockets at the rear and deep and elasticated to help keep things from moving around, and SIGR have added the all-important zipped pocket for valuables, too often missed by brands. Silicon gripper is used at both the waist and the sleeve edges, which sit softly and close on the arms.
It’s a mid- range jersey, but has some high end features, including a very strong zipper. The high collar is also welcome, keeping the wind at bay when riding, and making sure that we don’t get a sun burn on the back of the neck when leaning over the bars. The fit is very good, slim, light, just how I like it.
I appreciate the simple clean design which SIGR put in this superb red jersey. Simple and elegant, it ensures that you’re a classy rider in red on your bike 🙂 – and I think that’s just perfect 😉
This SIGR cycling jersey “Blue Horizon” is named after the Bergvallmo flower, also known as the Himalayan blue poppy. Lovely! The colors are white and unusual crisp light blue with stripes pattern. As with all SIGR jerseys, it does everything a cycling jersey should, including protecting you from the sun by being made from super techno UV-SPF30 fabric. A quality, medium to lightweight jersey for everyday riding, inside or out. Best of all, it’s made from recycled products, which helps the planet!
🙂 Blue Color symbolism: CALM, TRUST, INTELLIGENCE.
In terms of fabric technicity, it’s made from lightweight fabric 75 GSM, which is perfect for hot summers. Also important, the mesh panel sides give excellent breathability and help air flow when you’re working hard. The bottom hem and wide arm cuff are made from silicon, which is soft against the skin and helps secure the material to stay in place, especially when riding, meaning that it doesn’t ride up and look unsightly.
This specific jersey has a slightly looser fit than the SIGR Nejlika ladies jersey, even though they have the same size S. The material is soft and UV resistant, another important feature these days, and the high collar is white and really helps protecting the neck from the sun.
While riding on the mountain bike in this jersey I could feel that it’s super light, and that the material is breathable in all the right places. It also fits well on my body geometry and looks stylish to – important 😉 . And I guess, last but not least – the 3 rear pockets. One of them comes with a secure zipped pocket and what I like most about this is that it also has a headphone hole in for listening to music – excellent!
This SIGR jersey has all that you need to be a must have piece in your cycling wardrobe, so why not take a look yourself.
These RIKSVÄG shorts are at the high end of this Swedish brands range, and are a pro level short, with all the obvious design and technical aspects that you’d expect at this level. The fabrics they used are 80% Nylon and 20% Elastane. These combination of fabrics passed all the tests due to their resistancy at chlorine, sun cream, oil and peeling. UV protection is included.
Made from using 100 % recycled fabric, these bibs use the super Elastic Interface® LIÈGE WOMEN chamois for women. It is the best pad used for cycling bibs! They use perforated foams for great breathability. Bacteriostatic fabric inhibits the growth of bacteria while simultaneously maintaining the skin’s normal bacterial balance. Due to this bacteriostatic fabric, you won’t have skin irritations and rashes cused by sweat. The fabric is soft, consistent, with a special line cut that helps collect, canalise and expel moisture.
Either on road or offroad they are super comfortable and behave good on the long hot summer rides! They are well known as being among the most comfortable and long-lasting bibs out there. Their shorts are more popular than any other item they have and it’s obvious to see why. Well designed, well made, with quality fabrics. The joint of the materials piece by piece like a puzzle, makes these bibs fit perfectly on every curve and twists made while pedaling, adding necessary compression in the right areas, but not restricting movement.
The straps very comfortable non disturbing while cycling, which is critical for us women. They’re made of mesh in front and elastic wide band on top and mesh again in the back, aiding air flow from the body when working hard. The leg gripper cuff is wide and features the SIGR logo, and is an excellent finish, keeping things in place while the legs work hard.
If you’re after a high quality and long lasting comfortable bib short, then these from SIGR could be just right.