Words: Hannah Troop
So far the first outing was going well. The next test was to see how I felt riding in it as our summer monsoon skies opened in full force.
Rivelo are a fairly small British brand offering high quality kit for roadies. Most of the clothing has an understated, heritage vibe – but they’re all about offering performance where it matters, working with premium manufacturers to bring their designs to life.
One minor glitch when shopping with Rivelo is that though all the kit is available to see on their site, to actually buy it you need to click through to SportPursuit.Com. There are positives and negatives here. Positive: The prices are usually much cheaper than the RRP given on site. Negative: You have to give them your email address and wade through the websites offerings to be reunited with the product you came to buy.
When opening the box and picking out the jersey (Holbury in burgundy) the first observation was the softness of the fabric. It felt so soft I didn’t want to put it down.
On first touch the bibs’ (Tideswell in black) material felt thick and good quality; like they would be comfy, and the rubber gripper in the legs looked suffice. One initial worry was the leg length looked short, almost hot-pant, but I guess they say never judge a book by its cover. The other detail I noticed was how prominent the chamois pad was. It looked quite bulky. Again, I tried to go with the never judge a book by its cover approach.