Svelte are the new kid on the block in terms of cool and casual cycling clothing.
The London based brand originated from a Kickstarter campaign which reached its target in June this year. Now, they’re fully fledged and offer a range of jerseys (long sleeved coming soon!), shorts and arm warmers all available to order online.
The kit is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of riders – from city slickers getting around town, to track riders on the velodrome and roadies seeking the open countryside.
The jewel in the Svelte crown is the Heritage jersey. Available in Burgundy, Green and Navy, the jersey is made from a merino wool based fabric that’s combined with synthetic materials for extra resilience and durability.
Pulling the jersey on, it feels incredibly relaxed and soft to the touch – I can imagine wearing it on a cafe ride or feeling comfortable commuting around town and running a few errands without needing to get changed.
Merino is known for it’s breathability and ability to help a wearer maintain an even body temperature, so it’s great for during the changeable seasons of spring and autumn. It also doesn’t pick up odors, another plus for a cycling jersey.
Certainly wearing this jersey for rides on the milder days during November, I felt insulated enough without getting anywhere near overheating. Given the lighter nature of the fabric, I wouldn’t suggest it as a good option for the depths of December unless you’re only nipping out for a quick spin.
The jersey is very much about understated style – with little detailing save some stand out touches, such as the logo-ed button on the left of three rear pockets and another brand stamp stitched in dark green on the hip.
The droptail bottom features a silicone gripper on the rear, which stops at the hip so the fabric doesn’t grip too tightly at the front.