Looking for some kit that's a bit different to everything else out there? Want to channel the current trend for Peruvian prints into your riding wardrobe? German brand Maloja may just have what you are looking for.
Maloja (pronounced mah-low-yah) are named after a small Swiss mountain village. The German (not Swiss – confusing, I know) brand focus on producing quality bike and snow wear that looks stylish and unique.
Their current - and extensive - range is called Pachamama, Peruvian for ‘Mother Earth’, and was an inspired by a trip to South America in 2012. Colourful designs echo the vibrant textiles produced in Peru, with prints and motifs featuring on jerseys and shorts, and colours ranging from bright to earthy tones.
Maloja’s clothing is strikingly different to the majority of bike kit out there, and the technical detailing is impressive. The range is mostly aimed at XC and Freeride mountain bikers, but they also produce road shorts, jerseys and jackets, and have an extensive (and very tempting) range of casual clothing. There is a clear focus on producing garments sustainably.
Everything from liner shorts and leg warmers through to trousers and jackets are covered, and usually with at least a few options on colour or design. We think most people would find something to covet here – we certainly have! Click through to explore the kit that we've been sent to test.
Want to know how they perform? Stand by for a full product test.
[part title='Pajarito 1/1 Freeride long sleeve MTB jersey']
Maloja have over 20 jerseys in their summer 2013 collection, including long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, XC, freeride – essentially most types you can think of.
There are also a vast array of designs, from all-over prints to subtle motifs. If you like the Parajito – which means ‘little bird’ – design on this jersey, you can get short sleeved XC tops with it on too, and in several colour-ways.
- Loose freeride fit with a feminine cut
- Attractive parajito design on the chest
- Microsense fabric, breathable and fast drying
- Odour control due to Polygeine treatment
[part title='Cadena Tulip MTB shorts']
If it's MTB shorts your after, Maloja have plenty to choose from. The vary from subtle to loud all over print, and there is even a skort in there too, not to mention an intriguing corduroy offering.
The Cadena Tulip shorts are made of a light-weight fabric, perfect for summer riding. A funky design featuring tulips and birds (hence the name) feature on the legs. Definitely a distinctive pair of shorts.
- ‘Bluesign’ approved fabric, sustainable and environmentally friendly
- 3 pockets
- Stretch panel at the rear of the shorts
- 2-way Polystretch fabric
[part title='Wayra 1/2 Road Jersey']
Colour: Moonless (Black)
Jerseys, shorts, gilets and jackets, the Maloja road range has it all, with each piece offering something different in a world of Lycra that can often suffer from pattern-fatigue. The Wayra jersey sent to test has one of the 'loudest' prints, but is designed subtly enough to appeal to most.
Manufactured in Italy from 100% Polyester, treated with Polygiene to wick perspiration, this lightweight jersey is great for summer riding. This design is also featured in a sleeveless and long sleeve option.
- Fitted road jersey, with 1/2 zip front closure
- 2 deep rear pockets, with elasticated openings
- 100% Polyester fabric, treated to promote wicking of perspiration
- Non-elasticated waist, with dropped back hemline
[part title='Maloja women's cycling kit gallery']