Alé get ready for summer 2023
Alé have brightened up my day with their summer ’23 clothing
Alé has it’s eye on the summer. So if like me you’re looking out on a cold, grey winter’s day take a look at their bright summer kit. Alé have chosen to concentrate on six areas with this new kit, they are; high technicality, protection, aerodynamics, lightness, breathability and lots of colour. The last is something I’ve always associated with Alé, their clothing really pops!
Alé has grouped the Spring/Summer collection into five ranges, I’ve picked some of the items for you.
R-EV1 has some of the most innovative products, made from Alé’s hi-tech textiles. These include the Sprinter Jersey, this super light jersey is designed for fast rides rides in the heat – yes we can only dream at the moment! Clever fabric tech includes rapid-drying DRAIN COOL on the front panel. This uses internal channels to wick moisture away from the body. On the back RAP DRY CARBON provides antistatic and anti-bacterial qualities with its interwoven carbon fibres. The clean design and ergonomic cut should give a second-skin fit, perfect for that aerodynamic advantage. It comes in dark teal/burgundy/grey and with a recommended retail price of €169,95.
Moving to the other end we have the WATT 3.6 bibshorts. Alé’s R+D Lab aimed to create the first cycling bibshort that optimises the energy produced while pedalling. The Watt 3.6 bibshort relies on a proprietary shuttle-woven fabric created by Alé and produced exclusively in Italy. The result is a unique 3D jacquard structure with compressive bands that conform to the muscle. This gives a “graduated compression”, the idea being to help with venous return and absorbing road vibrations; pretty clever. Seams are reduced to a minimum and the raw-cut leg hem features lightweight silicone grippers. These have a recommended retail price of €233,95.
Also in the R-EV1 range are the Hammer Lady Bibshorts. These also provide compression for the muscles while AIrfix fabric is lightweight and quick drying. The bibs also feature a W8 HF pad made from a stretch microfibre with specific women’s shaping and strategically positioned padding at contact points. They come in two colours black or blue with a recommended retail price of €156,95.
The PR-S range is the choice of many professional teams supported by Alé and is created for pure
cycling performance. Amongst the range is the Zig Zag jersey. This is Alé’s most advanced jersey and was created in collaboration with WorldTour riders. Alé studied rider’s position in races to create it’s aerodynamic fit. Using body mapping technology each panel has been placed to get the best out of the fabric. It also uses RAP DRY CARBON, lightweight Micro Aero fabric and mesh Pima on the sides and underarms, all of which results in a super-lightweight jersey that can handle serious exertion in the heat.
And that’s not all! The J-Stability System at the front keeps the jersey in place, while the S-Stability System keeps the raw-cut sleeves where you put them. Throw in some reflective details and silicone grippers on the rear hem and you have an impressive jersey. It comes in a men’s version in four colour purple, green, sky blue and black. Recommended retail price is €124,95. It also comes in a ladies’ version, there’s three colours turquoise, lavender and blue. Recommended retail price for this is €117,95. Head over to the PR-R page on the Alé website if you’d like to show your support for your favourite pro team.
Alé says the new PR-E – Pro Racing Experience – range is “designed for all cyclists who, in addition to technicality, are looking for colour, fantasy and style.” In the PR-E range are the Web jersey and the Magic Colour Bibshorts. The Web jersey is designed for hot days and long climbs. To this end the front has an open weave for cooling, while the back has a panel to channel “cooling” air across your back. It comes in four colours, light blue, pine green, red and black and with a recommended retail price of €109,95.
Also in the PR-E range are Magic Colour Bibshorts, which come in men’s and women’s fit. According to Alé these shorts offer unbeatable comfort and are made from a quick drying fabric. They have ultra-light braces with a raw-cut mesh insert for ventilation. There’s a 4HF pad for men and W4 HF for women. These are made from a stretch microfibre with strategically positioned padding at contact points. Both come in four colours, sage green, burgundy, forest green and blue. Recommended retail price for the men’s is €134,95 and €131,95 for the women’s with or without braces.
The new Pragma range is all about comfort and practicality, with jersey designs that will get you noticed. They still have Alé’s quality and tailoring that comes from years of experience. There are some fantastic designs in the range, check out Mexico, Over, Nadine or Circus. You’ll definitely stand out from the rest of the crowd!
And if you’re heading off-road, then you’ll want to take a look at the Gravel range. Alé says Gravel combines comfort and practicality. Here you’ll find items like the Mountain jersey, which is designed for long off-road adventures, using a fabric that’s breathable and comfortable against the skin. It also has loads of storage, with three rear pockets, two side and a zipped one.
There’s also the Earth jersey which is made from a blend of high stretch, lightweight merino wool. It has a performance fit cut, with mesh side panels. These panels along with the quick drying merino, should keep you cool come the summer.
And while that may seem like a lot, that’s only the tip of the summer iceberg, if that makes sense. We’ll try and get some of the Alé Spring Summer kit in to review, but in the meantime, head over to their site and have a look at all the options. And if you’d like to see what I thought of their jerseys, take a look at my previous review of the Velocity G+ jersey.
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