If you’re looking for flattering, feminine – but not girly – road kit that functions great on those long days in the saddle, then Fondo may be for you.
This small brand is the product of three visionary women from Melbourne, Australia. Anna, Kate and Emma had a simple goal: to produce comfortable, high-quality and stylish cycling apparel to inspire you to perform your best.
Fondo set about achieving this by partnering with Italy’s leading manufacturer of cycling clothing. They’ve also got a bright and active social media following, which is what caught my attention. The fun and passion for women’s cycling that they portray online is authentic, and just want we love to see.
We decided to put their stunning Confetti kit to the test, to see if the creators have managed to combine function and flattery.
When I received my Fondo package, there wasn’t much to it. I tore into the small flat package to reveal the brightly coloured Confetti kit inside.
Taking the bib shorts and jersey out of the packaging, I could see how it was possible to keep the package so small and neat. The material is so soft, and so thin. As I mainly ride a mountain bike, where kit is much baggier and bulkier, I was apprehensive about ‘Hulking’ out of it.
The laser cut sleeves and cuffs are almost seamless, and the silky smooth feel reflects a high-quality standard of manufacturing. At first touch, the padding inside the bib shorts seemed well cushioned and appeared to have been carefully inserted into the garment without evidence of any chafe worthy seams.
So it looked great, was vivid in colour and it appeared to be well made, albeit thin. How would it fair on the bike?