It’s that time of year when you hint to your loved one(s) that some cycling kit might make you very happy on Christmas Day! If you’d like to pretend that they have any say in exactly what that cycling kit might be, why not steer them to our gift guide? Midge has picked some poppin’ kit for men and women …
VOID Cycling: Print and Ride Jerseys
They’re bold, they’re Swedish and I fell in love. Perfectly set off by black cuffs and logo, the stunning gradient of sunset colours on VOID Cycling‘s Print and Ride jerseys (men’s and women’s respectively) will zing in bright sunlight and blaze brightly through the darkest of winter days.
Tear yourself away from the colour and you’ll find a high performance garment. The lightweight, breathable fabric wicks moisture away fast and its mesh side panels keep you cool. Three rear pockets hold your riding whatnots and a concealed, zip-closed fourth is large enough for your phone. These are tailored tight for racing so size up for a more relaxed fit.
If the incandescent sunset is just too darn bright, why not go for the black colourway and add a pop of colour with the Orbit Socks, €13 a pair.
There’s free shipping for orders over €120 (EU countries); €200 (Rest of Europe); over US $250 (Rest of the World). For more shipping details and final posting days, see the website.
Velocio: Stained Glass ES JerseysIf the rich colours and patterns of candle-lit church windows make you sigh, then the Stained Glass ES jersey from Velocio needs to be under your Christmas tree. A marriage between US design and Italian construction, the ES is aero cut, ultra light and detailed to the max. Nothing is left to chance from the water resistant zipper pocket to the positioning of the reflective strips. Let you into a secret: as striking as the Men‘s colourway is, I think the colour combination of the Women‘s wins the day – that ruby red does it for me.
Sizes from XS to XXL; priced at a smidge under £111 ( €125) and selling fast. Free shipping on orders over €100 Europe / €200 International. Check the Velocio website for more details.
Stolen Goat: Bodyline Jerseys
There are times in the holiday season when you just long to escape to blue skies, crisp air and watch the bright light dance on the ice crystals. Here’s two from British company Stolen Goat that deliver a shot of freshness.
Full disclosure: I own a Bodyline jersey and I love it. It’s high performance, exceptional quality, pro-fit for mere mortals, feels great on and all at a price point south of three figures. The short sleeve Women’s Limited Edition – Omni Flow Cycling Jersey (that white stripe on the collar just makes it) retails at £75. Stolen Goat have added a long sleeve version this year, I’ve chosen the Bodyline LS Cycling Jersey – Men’s Retro Belgian Blue (priced at £80) because who doesn’t need Belgian blue and cream in their cycling wardrobe? [LOVE this one! – ed]
All jerseys from Small to XXXL. Free shipping on UK orders over £100 and international orders over £200. See website for more details.
Ashmei KOM and QOM Jerseys
You can never have too much merino wool for cycling – fact! The attention to design and detail on Ashmei‘s QOM and KOM jerseys shines through – from the position of the reflective polka dots patterns to the clever little earphone wire guide tucked neatly into the back of the collar. The merino and carbon blended fabric is fleecy, soft and impressively light. Windproof and breathable, it’s moisture wicking properties will keep you dry and ensure a fast drying garment after your ride. The QOM comes in a warm red, while the KOM is also available in two muted two-tone options.
Sizes from XS to XL; £129 (US$189, €159); free delivery on orders over £100 in the UK, €150 within the EU, and US$150 for the rest of the world (shipping details here).
Hackney GT: Stars and Stripes unisex performance base layer
Hackney GT have hit the jackpot with their Unisex Performance Base Layers (£38). They’re light, silky and designed and tailored to fit like a second skin. The collection boasts three cool and funky patterns, but I rather fancy a flash of Stars and Stripes peeping out of any neckline would add a certain something to the look. [Something about this just screams Jean-Paul Gaultier to me! – ed]
Sizes from XS to XXL; £38 each. Free shipping on orders over £50 in the UK and over £100 to Europe and beyond, details here.
Socks and such
Why not fill your stocking with … socks and such? Here’s a selection to make any cyclist smile on Christmas morning. Check the links in the captions for shipping and sizes.
All of the companies featured have a variety of products, including snoods, socks and caps, so make sure you have a look at their entire range. If you do buy anything from these companies, let us know what you think of them!
All prices and links correct at time of going to press. Make sure to review each company’s shipping policies.
For more gift ideas for the cyclist in your life, take a look at Christmas Gift Guide : Posters and more! and Teeshirts …