Velotec cycling clothing had its moment of fame when the brand was commissioned to provide kit for riders on the ‘Tour de Celeb’. Founded by an ex-pro cyclist and offering kit made from quality Italian fabrics, they’re much more than a one hit wonder.
Founder and former International cyclist Padraic Quinn launched Velotec in 2005. The brand’s primary concern is creating high end custom kit for cycling clubs and teams – with some super aero creations and track and triathlon ranges created to suit racers for whom every second counts. Minimum order quantity stands at 10 per item, and all kit is made in Veneto, Italy with a five to seven week wait. Eager to offer some off-the-peg options, last year Velotec added a retail collection to their clothing roster.
Within the retail range, you’ll find the ladies Elite Long Sleeved Jersey, Elite Bib Tights and Elite Gilet. Constructed from a fairly lightweight material, but with plenty of windproofing, it struck us that these are just perfect for the shoulder seasons between peak and off-peak cycling months: the fast approaching spring and far-off autumn.
We’ll be putting this kit through its paces for the next few months – but here’s a first look at what’s on offer…
Velotec Ladies Elite LS Jersey
€69 (about ~£58) – XS to XL
Seasoned cyclists will know all about that awkward period after winter has ended, and before summer starts. It’s notoriously difficult to dress for – and no rider wardrobe is complete without a jersey that solves the problem. This fairly light jersey from Velotec offers just that solution.
This jersey/jacket hybrid has been constructed from 100 per cent ‘Touchdry fabric’ – it’s been given a hydrophillic treatment which is said to speed up the transfer of fluid and moisture – helping to keep your temperature just right when you start to warm up.
The inside is brushed and fleece-like, giving a luxurious and cosy feel. Despite this snugglyness, the overall impression is one of lightweight ease: though you could dress this jersey up with a heavyweight underlayer in winter, when I wore it on brighter days with a light vest I wasn’t in danger of overheating – a promising hint of versatility.
A full zip allows further temperature regulation, with a noticeably high collar allowing you to close out the cold on a windy day – though I’m not convinced I’d run the zip to the top myself. Three rear pockets are provided as expected as well as elastication at the hem to keep it all in place.
The fit was impressive, and stretchy panels along the sides made for a close-to skin feel. Velotec have kept things notably ‘Italian’ – being a UK size 8-10 I went for a Medium. This left enough room for me to fit a warm base layer and an extra jersey underneath if I wanted, whilst I could shed these on warmer days. That means the fit is certainly not aero, but just right for relaxed rides – whilst perhaps a Small might offer a more race-ready fit.
At under £60 for a versatile jersey that’s warm enough for mild winter days, breathable enough for sunny spring weather, with a technical fabric and great fit, this certainly represents a good deal.