As part of our Autumn/Winter special we have taken delivery of some winter kit from the Velotec Ladies range, which is part of their new Retail Collection. Velotec’s Retail Collection is a new venture for the Irish company and the Ladies range at the moment consists of a gilet, long-sleeved jersey and tights. Colours and design are classic and understated, which I like. Velotec are owned by Irish ex-professional Padraic Quinn, who rode in France in the late eighties. In 2005 he set up Velotec, producing custom cycling and triathlon sportswear manufactured in the Veneto region in Italy. Still riding and very much involved with the Irish cycling scene, Padraic also organises sportives and triathlons.
With over ten years of experience producing cycling clothing, Velotec should be able to produce some quality kit. Our selection consists of a Ladies Elite long-sleeved jersey and Elite bib tights, both items are designed for cold, dry days on the bike.
The Elite long-sleeved jersey uses 100% Touchdry fabric that has a hydrophilic treatment, this “speeds up outside fluid and moisture transfer, keeping the body dry and thermoregulated.” So that should be just right for a cold winter’s ride; warm and dry on the inside, without that boil in the bag feeling. The jersey comes in a dark blue with a light blue polka dot pattern, and low-key branding, which is very classic and restrained. Three open pockets at the rear deal with your on bike storage and a silicon hem helps keep everything in place. Sizes range from XS to XL and it retails for €69.
Velotec’s Elite ladies bib tights use Superroubaix material to keep you warm on long, cold days. 3D structure mesh bibs keep the bibs up and are in a contrasting white; the mesh should help keep the straps, and you from getting too clammy. An HP Fiandre X-Tract female chamois pad is designed to be comfortable on long rides over five hours; a challenge we’ll have to test! The legs are open-ended, no straps or zips to fuss with, but will they be too tight/loose? Reflective tabs run down the back of the calves to allow for some visibility in low light conditions. They come in XS to L and cost €85.
We’ll be trying out the Velotec Elite range over the winter and will report back on how they fare.
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