Actually, our Portland correspondent, Josh, covered La PASSIONE as one of the four lesser known brands he looked at for his Summer Cycle Clothing Review. If you’re familiar with @WTFKits on Instagram or Tumblr, then you may have come across them there too.
If there’s any doubt about the provenance of the La PASSIONE brand take it from me that it is 100% Italian. Designed and made in Italy with Italian aesthetics, bold design and quality materials. The literal English translation ‘The Passion’ espouses Cycling ‘Couture’. La PASSIONE have taken a direct sales approach, with international shipping direct from the website and a commitment to quality. All this helps to keep prices as low as possible for the customer.
Representing their ‘new arrivals’ for Autumn/Winter (AW) 2016/17 in the men’s collection, La Passione have sent a winter jacket and thermal ‘deep winter’ bib tights. Just in time for the weather to take a decidedly more brumal feel, announcing that winter has indeed arrived.
WINTER JACKET SQUARE OTTANIO – £121.00
The La PASSIONE Winter Jacket Square Ottanio is a double layer windproof soft-shell. Water-resistant and wind-proof, it’s lined with Thermofleece and ready for winter conditions between -5/+7ºC (23/44ºF).
There are three standard open pockets for storage and reflective details on the back for visibility. The design is a bold geometric square, white on teal (Ottanio), white cuffs and a high neck line to keep out the chill. The fit is ‘pro cut’, meaning it is close fitting, but there’s plenty of stretch in the material to avoid embarrassment.
DEEP WINTER TIGHTS – £121
For the coldest, most ghastly conditions La PASSIONE have created some winter bib tights that are; windproof, thermo-insulating, water-repellent and resistant. They offer you maximum protection from the elements and keep you riding right through the worst the weather can throw at you.
The tights are flat-stitched together using a “Warmsant” windproof and thermo-insulating fabric for the front and knees. “Warmsant” also features on the front body and bib, with a zip for easy on and off and comfort breaks. The back side and end of the legs are made with premium, Italian made, fleece-backed Blizzard fabric.
The pad is a 4 way stretch E.I.T. Italian made chamois. The tights also feature non-slip leg grippers, reflective tape on the ankles and La Passione logo on the legs for visibility. They also have, inexplicably, a race radio back pocket.
I’m going to give a brief mention to La PASSIONE customer service at this point. In arranging the order for the jacket and tights I was offered patient attention via email to make sure I received the right sizing and fit. It’s a small thing, but when you are about to drop your hard earned cash on an unknown brand – with sizing and fit being an abstract thing until you actually receive the order – it is reassuring to have the advice and help just a few key strokes or a phone call away. Dear Agnese, thank you very much, you were incredibly helpful and everything was a perfect fit.
More in the reviews to come.
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