Evans Cycles turned their hand to cycling clothing this summer with the launch of their first ever bib shorts and jersey from in-house brand FWE. Designed to meet the needs of those with understated style and value for money on their shopping lists, the kit ticked the boxes for many shoppers and the brand brought out yet more stylish wallet friendly clothing this winter.
The range includes a long sleeved jersey, waist and bib tights – plus what we reckon is the pièce de résistance – the Queen of the Downs Softshell.
Named after the wickedly hilly Evans Cycles sportive, this softshell is designed for those braving potentially grim weather – wanting water resistance, wind proofing, but enough breathability to be able to work hard without overheating. Tough criteria to meet, but one that done well can provide you with a multipurpose layer you can wear throughout spring, winter and autumn. At just £69.99, the FWE softshell offers all of this, plus value for money in a clothing category where that quality isn’t found too often.
The fabric, a mixture of Polyester, Elastane and Polyurethane, is fairly heavyweight, and I found performed at its best on proper wintery days when warmth was high on the agenda. The blue inside layer is soft to the touch and the side panels feature an extra helping of Elastane to ensure an individualised fit that meets the contours of its given frame.