Many performance clothing companies are beginning to move away from the traditional soft shell, brightly coloured, and quite obviously sporty styled apparel.
With the growing popularity of cycling, cost of transport on the rise and general well-being becoming increasingly important, it’s clear that there are just as many people seeking casual commuting clothing as there are people after speedsuits and lycra.
Brands are starting to separate from the traditional style of cycling apparel, and explore new avenues of fashion which marries function and style to look good on and off the bike.
One such brand that’s pushing this boundary is MEAME, and we’ve put their women’s jackets to the test.
Maia Reflective Jacket
First up for review is the elegant tweed style blazer, the Maia jacket for women.
This garment is tailored with British herringbone tweed, that contains reflective threading for low-light conditions. The thick quality feel of this jacket is deceiving because it’s surprisingly breathable which is aided by underarm ventilation.
The reflective threading used throughout the garment is totally invisible in the day time. However, it does do well to reflect in low-light conditions, albeit subtle.
To help battle the British showers, the fabric has been finished with a Teflon coating to repel water and protect the jacket over time.
The inside construction of the Maia jacket is where a lot of care and consideration has been made for cyclists. With elasticated and pleated panels, there’s a great range of movement whilst riding, and at no point did I feel restricted or hindered in any way.
Having a long torso myself, I was very impressed with the fit and length of the Maia jacket. The flattering cut tapers at the waist, whilst coming down long enough at the back to provide ample coverage when riding.