Mien is a small independent company based in the Netherlands, their ethos is to create clothes that are stylish and comfortable, bridging the gap between technical performance and clothes you would be happy to walk into the office in.
Founder of the company Miranda Hickling has served her time as a Lycra clad aspiring racer and is now enjoying a more relaxed pace of riding, Mien aims to create clothes that fit that outlook. Mien says “I think it is the time we all dressed a little nicer when we ride.”
The Netherlands are famed for their high percentage of ‘everyday’ cyclists, people who ride not just for sport and commuting but as a way of life. The garments that Mien produce are designed to work well on the bike but not look out of place while you are doing your shopping or browsing a book shop. Clothes than enable you to feel comfortable in every environment.
When first picking up the jersey the fabric feels heavy, it looks and feels like 100% cotton but it is a cotton blend with plenty of stretch and give. Putting it on I expected it to be too tight and clingy but the thickness of the material actually smoothed over the lumps and bumps in a way that was surprisingly flattering.
Lazer cut sleeves, more familiar from your aero road kit, are smooth edged giving a neat profile and it feels pretty good on. Whilst the material is supposed to be breathable it only works up to a certain point, get too sweaty and it will overwhelm the high cotton percentage in the fabric, but to be fair it is not designed for high-effort cycling. Just don’t wear it on days when you are running late to work and having to pedal hard!