De Marchi has combined new technology and tailoring to their traditional cycling wear as part of their summer casual wear line. We tested clothing from their Tradition line, which combines historic styles with new materials, and the Authentic line, which revives one of the most versatile fabrics, wool with team designs from the 50s. How did the clothing hold up in our testing? Read more to find out.
De Marchi Tradition Line – Campione Polo and Slim Cargo Short
The clothing didn’t disappoint once out of the box; the light green jersey with World Champion’s stripes featured beautiful stitching, well-shaped rear pockets, and mother of pearl buttons. This jersey is just as at home on the bike or out for a casual day with friends and family.
This same quality made longer rides of 20 kilometers plus in the heat much more comfortable than in more standard baggy cycling wear. The comfort of the shorts is further improved with a seam design that splits, almost like a chamois pattern, around the crotch, ensuring the rider does not sit on a seam.
De Marchi’s Tradition Line combines traditional cycling themes with new fabrics and a comfortable fit. Fashion-conscious cyclists on around town rides are the perfect target for this gear. Like other De Marchi clothing, the clothing arrived beautifully packaged in heavy card boxing.
Second, the lower pockets on the shorts, when filled with keys or change, stretched the stretchy fabric of the shorts. We might include a lining within these pockets to help them keep their shape.
De Marchi Authentic Line – Bottechia Ursus Jersey
De Marchi has a long-running relationship with Italian cycling. From the 40s and 50s when they sponsored teams including Bottechia and Wilier to today’s affiliations with many national federations, their clothing is intertwined with the sport. The Authentic line offers replicas of many of the jerseys De Marchi made for cycling teams in the past.
Our Bottechia Ursus jersey is a button-for-button replica of that of Louison Bobet in 1951. Like the other clothing we’ve tested from De Marchi, it is beautifully made.
It includes a stripe pattern in the jersey knit with embroidered letters. A real work of art. Made of 100% Merino wool, I found it kept me warm in cool conditions and wicked perspiration in warmer, stickier weather.
Unusual, even for wool replica jerseys, the Ursus included five pockets; the standard three rear pockets and, more unusual, two front pockets just below the bottom of the collar buttons, over the right and left breast bone. The front pockets are subtle, only called out by the mother of pearl buttons at the top of each pocket, but quite useful. I found them more secure for small items, like keys, when travelling by bike. They won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but their appeal grew on me during the test.
De Marchi makes excellent premium clothing. If you have a few pounds to spend, we can’t recommend them highly enough.
The clothing is designed well, fits excellently and looks sharp.