Swiss cycling brand, ASSOS, are at the top of their game when it comes to high-quality and high-performance cycling apparel.
They are arguably the best in the industry for successfully marrying the holy trinity of kit demands: Comfort / Function / Style. But this super combo comes at a price, and a hefty one at that.
This season, ASSOS released their women’s off-road rally bib shorts and jersey, specifically designed for the female shredder who likes to get down and dirty on the trails.
We trail tested the new SS.rallytrekkingJersey_evo7 Lady and T.rallyShorts_s7 Lady, and whilst ASSOS are still marketing their products in computer code, we’ll just re-name them Rally Jersey and Rally Bib shorts for this piece.
ASSOS are a luxury brand within the cycling industry because so much care and attention is giving to each product from the design concept, through to the delivery at your front door.
The Rally Bib Shorts and Rally Jersey arrived individually wrapped in their respective boxes. These aren’t just ordinary brown paper boxes either, these are highly decorated, carefully wrapped and packaged garments. The awesome packaging oozed style, giving the customer the sudden realisation that they haven’t just purchased any ordinary cycling clothes.
The Rally Bib shorts were very different from what I was expecting, which was a silky smooth Lycra compression fabric. Instead, the Rally bibs are thicker, courser and immediately I felt the high-quality Swiss production in the fabric. The chamois liner is carefully sewn in without any stray edges to irritate you on the ride, and the straps feel strong and flexible.
The same quality carried through into the Rally Jersey also. My first notice was the mesh back panel with carefully constructed sections for additional support and comfort. The subtle pinstripe detail and red panelling is bright and eye-catching, with subtle ASSOS logo finishes. Because of the large mesh rear panel, ASSOS provide a thin breathable Skinfoil layer to protect the skin from sun.