Review: Après Vélo AV Performance Cycle Kit
Après Vélo are probably better known to blog readers as a casual clothing brand; as it is their tees that I have previously reviewed here on the blog. The new AV Performance range, is the brand's diversification into on-the-bike wear though; and it is as loud, and as interesting, as some of their great cycling inspired t-shirts!
AV Performance Short Sleeve Jersey
First up, the race-cut Performance Jersey, from Après Vélo. This is a short sleeve, full-length zipper, modern fast-dry fabric cycling jersey. The fit is great, and much like other Italian made jerseys. The fabric is robust, yet breathable; while the zippers and grippers are of great quality, too.
However its real USP, is its design - Zebra Stripes! Après Vélo say you've got to "earn your stripes" to wear this kit; I'd tend to agree - you'll need to 'ride like you're being chased'!
A great design, fit and fabric; with a unique limited edition appeal.
|A good quality zipper is a nice touch on the Après Vélo Performance Jersey|
|You need to 'earn your stripes' to wear this kit from Apres Velo!|
|Three good sized pockets, provide ample storage in this cycling jersey|
AV Performance Bib Shorts
The design matches in perfectly with the jersey; it is certainly louder than most Lycra shorts, with its Zebra striped gripper on the left leg. The chamois has proven to be super comfortable, and it has kept me happy for up to six hours in the saddle.
These are a great fitting, supportive, and well made pair of riding shorts.
|I'm a big fan of the large soft material leg grippers on the Apres Velo Bib Shorts|
|More great logo detailing on the side panel of the bib shorts, from Apres Velo|
AV Performance Cycling Socks and Cap
Finally, the all important accessories - to finish off the "earn your stripes" kit. The casquette is a classic cotton cycling cap; but with a modern Zebra theme. The socks, are a "Euro-worthy" high-cut compression fit - adding the final touch of panaché to the apparel.
The Après Vélo AV Performance Wear range also extends out into some very cool looking limited edition Zebra stripe riding shoes, made by Lake. Then, to complement these, there are a smart pair of overshoe booties. I wasn't able to test these out in person, but they look ace!
So, if you're looking for LOUD, then you'll find it here! The Après Vélo Performance kit is made for those that ride with confidence. If you reckon you've earned your stripes, and you've got a race-fit physique to show for it, then this would be a great addition to any riding wardrobe!
N.B. on sizes tested: Medium jersey and shorts - my measurements are listed on the Reviews tab. Sizing seems similar to other Italian brands such as Castelli or Sportful.
View the Après Vélo Performance range at apresvelo.com
|A great shorts/jersey combination from Apres Velo|
|Apres Velo - Designed in Australia, made in Italy|