adidas to Launch the adiZero

adidas adizeroadidas has announced the upcoming launch of the new adiZero cycling jersey, the lightest top ever to be released to market. Weighing in at a mere 65g the adiZero is made from lightweight mesh materials (in ‘solar blue’), which both reduces weight and allows for rapid moisture transfer, whilst a more open mesh is employed in panels for added breathability. ‘Ultra-stretchable’ material has been integrated around the arms and shoulders for comfort, fit and flex on the ride and a windproof chest panel is used to hold back the cold on those rapid downhills.


Noted for its ‘aerodynamic genius’ by judges, the adiZero jersey was Winner of the prestigious Gold Eurobike award in 2013 for Apparel and the British Cycling version has been used extensively by the team during elite competition, and will be worn in upcoming international road competitions. In part this pro-cycling feedback has been used to fine-tune the adiZero.


The adidas adiZero cycling jersey will be available from June 1 and will retail at £120.


For more information on the adiZero and all adidas cycling products see


Apparel Featured Reviews

Funkier Winter Thermal TPU Tights

Funkier Winter Thermal TPU TightsCome on people it’s time to get those legs under wraps, it’s no longer the weather to have those beet-red thighs on show. Cyclo certainly welcomed the arrival of the Funkier Winter Thermal TPU Tights and the opportunity to put this fine looking apparel through its paces…


First up some tech spec: the ‘TPU’ in the Funkier Winter Thermal TPU Tights refers to thermoplastic polyurethane which is effectively laminated on to other technical fabrics to produce a membrane that is both extremely breathable, yet 100% waterproof. The result is a fabric that has microscopic pores 1000 times smaller than a drop of water but, crucially 100 times bigger than a molecule of moisture vapour. That and – we suspect – some magic because the result is spectacularly good at its job.


Riding both road commute and mountain bike trail (sans-mudguards) through deep puddles and more than one torrential rainstorm the Funkiers performed admirably when it came to keeping us bone-dry; but more importantly there isn’t a feeling of being cocooned in thick tyre-rubber. The zoned panels put protection where it’s most needed and give way to greater flex where it’s not, so there’s almost a second-skin feeling to wearing them with no restriction of movement.


Thermal properties have impressed too. Having used them near zero – a two or three degree average – we’re more than confident that they’ll see us through some harsh winter sub temperature rides. The soft flock-like lining keeps things just toasty enough and adds greatly to the comfort and, because the TPU breathes so well, there was no sweaty build-up. The saddle pad is more than adequate without unnecessary bulk and the ergonomic design very comfortable even on longer rides.


Funkier Winter Thermal TPU Tights retail at £69.95 absolutely on the money for quality and whilst something like the Altura Night Vision Tights could be yours for around £20 less the Funkier option undoubtedly out-performs them for both thermal property and weather-proofing. In fact you would need to go a long way up the price points (into Castelli land) for anything near comparable.


Funkier Winter Thermal TPU Tights are available in sizes S to XXXL from, amongst others,


Apparel Featured Reviews

No Nonsense Merino Base Layer

No Nonsense Merino Base LayerMerino wool has been prized for its luxurious qualities for more than 1000 years; Cyclo’s no Simon Schama, but we’re almost certain this predates both the bicycle and man’s need for technical base layers. Sooner or later these things were going to converge though, and they do so beautifully in the No Nonsense Merion tops from 74 Degrees.


Made in New Zealand the cut and style of the No Nonsense is commendably simple, elegant and unadorned (no nonsense, you might say) with a black-on-black logo so discreet it’s like a mini-game trying to spot it. Using only 100% fine merino wool – ecological, sustainable and biodegradable – the 215gsm knit is heavier than many base layers that use the same material; whilst others skimp on the costly fabric, 74 Degrees indulge to create a layer that not only works well across a broader range of temperatures but should prove longer-lasting and retain shape far better. Because the wool is naturally antibacterial, keeping ‘bike stink’ in check and (relatively) strain resistant this is one piece of apparel that should serve you for many years.


Comfort is superb and if you think wool is itchy, think again. Merino is almost silky soft and although the side seams look slightly bulky they sit perfectly flat on the ride and apart from the noticeable temperature regulation (merino helps retain heat in the cold, but keeps you cool as things heat up) we hardly noticed we were wearing the No Nonsense.


Yes, there are cheaper base layers to be had – there are even cheaper, if lighter, merino bases out there (Altura and Endura both around the £40 mark for example) – but the 74 Degrees No Nonsense Merino Base Layer is demonstrably a superior beast. The men’s long-sleeve retails at £54.00, the women’s equivalent and men’s short-sleeve option at £49.00


For further details on the No Nonsense Merino Base Layer and other products from 74 Degrees see


Apparel Featured Reviews

Buff Cycling Jersey

Buff Cycling JerseyBuff have long been the go to manufacturer of seamless multi-use headwear – the name comes from ‘bufanda’, Spanish for scarf, so now you know – and in our opinion their tubular-knit hat/bandana/muffler is one of the most versatile bits of kit a cyclist can own. With this in mind our expectations were high when we took delivery of their brand-new tech cycling jersey…


As you would expect from Buff there’s nothing in the design that could realistically be called ‘understated’ – not a square-inch of fabric is left unadorned, with a combination of jagged geometric shames, spider webs and logos making a bold ‘look at me’ statement. Assuming you’re not the shy, retiring kind of rider what does it offer beneath the surface sheen?


Slim-fitting and made from 95% polyester, 5% elastane (the generic name for Spandex), the jersey is naturally longer in the back for fit, warmth and to prevent ‘riding up’, something further halted by the inclusion of rubberised tape around the hem/waistband. On test it felt warm enough on cool rides and breathed well and wicked away sweat when the heat was on, not least due to thinner ventilation areas incorporated through the armpits and sides (basically the spider web areas). The addition of Silver Plus® – a silver ion technology incorporated into the fabric – makes the jersey effectively antibacterial, so if sweat does build up it won’t become a breeding ground for stench.


The level of comfort impressed us too: flatlock seams throughout are compliment by bonded seams across the shoulders – all of which reduces the risk of chafing and a nice touch is the tiny ‘zip garage’ at the top so when things are zipped to the max there’s no snagging or catching.


Additions include three generous lumber pockets for gels, bars and general cycling detritus and a fourth, zipped, pocket on the lower back big enough not just to house keys and change but a full sized wallet should you be heading for the bike shop… Reflective seams around the shoulders add a dash of safety – but a little more across the back probably wouldn’t have gone amiss.


A practical, well-made and stylish (if slightly hallucinogenically branded) jersey – in short, everything we might expect from Buff. Available in sizes S – XXL and tagged at £69.00. More information and online purchase at


See the Cyclo review of the original Buff here and the Helmet Liner Pro Buff here.


Apparel Featured Reviews

Odlo Evolution Cool T-Shirt

Odlo Evolution Cool T-ShirtJust like the Columbia Total Zero T-Shirt (see review here) the Odlo Evolution Cool T-Shirt is not a dedicated cycling jersey – so no lumber pockets, rubberised hems and the like – but with Odlo responsible for supplying some impressive cycling apparel elsewhere and with the Evolution promising good thermal control Cyclo thought it more than worth a look…


Constructed from 100% man-made fibres (79% Polyester, 21% Polyamide) the Evolution is incredibly lightweight with thinner, meshed sections between the shoulder blades and under arm for venting. The fit is necessarily snug so that moisture (sweat) can be wicked away and this it does with impressive effectiveness even under test at near 30degrees.


Despite the close, almost second-skin feel the comfort level is good with a combination of ergonomic fit and 3D circular knitting tech (the same system used for the tubular construction of Buff Headwear), which removes the need for side seams. Unfortunately this is slightly let down by quite bulky arm seams, which we found gave some discomfort across the top of the shoulders once wicking sweat – something exacerbated by the fact that we were wearing a Camelbak for hydration during the test rides. Additionally there was a tendency for the top to ‘ride up’ at the back; a constant reminder that the Odlo Evolution Cool T-Shirt isn’t specifically designed for the bike.


This is undoubtedly a well-made piece of kit and for warm recreational rides, possibly for commutes too, it works effectively in terms of both wicking and breathability. Arguably there’s a place for this almost year-round too – as a thermal base you could find yourself layering with this right through the shoulder season months. But when it comes to pure temperature control the Columbia Total Zero T-Shirt is the hands-down winner…


The Odlo Evolution Cool T-Shirt has a RRP of £35.00 and is available in sizes S-XL and three colours: blue, white and black. For further information see


For our review of the Odlo Trail Jacket see here and for the Odlo Swiss Power Jeresy here.


Apparel Featured Reviews

Columbia Total Zero T-Shirt

Columbia Total Zero T-ShirtAlthough not a dedicated cycling jersey – you won’t find lumber pockets here for stashing those gels and bars – the new Columbia Total Zero T-Shirt had Cyclo intrigued enough to want to put it to the test. With more than 70 year’s of experience in production of sportswear and outdoor apparel, Columbia’s latest range features ‘Omni-Freeze ZERO’ technology, a system of almost invisible blue rings in the fabric, which react with sweat to actually lower the temperature of the material and, consequently, the wearer.


The Women’s Total Zero Short Sleeve V-Neck Top which Cyclo put to the ride is available in black, white, light blue and lilac (the latter two more poetically called ‘Riptide and Velvet Morning); it’s quietly stylish with relatively little branding aside from a discreet Columbia logo on one sleeve. The fit is snug, a necessity for ensuring that the sweat-activated tech actually comes into contact with sweat, and despite not featuring any rubberised banding to the hem (we didn’t really expect any – again: this is not a dedicated cycling top) it stayed perfectly put during test and didn’t ride up at the back.


And the cooling technology? On a relatively warm ride of three hours (circa 22degrees and bright) there was certainly a distinct feeling of cooling – not the artificial sense created by some garments that use menthol impregnation, but actual temperature control. Add to this the fact that it wicked sweat incredibly well away from the skin, which naturally adds to the cooling effect via wind and evaporation, and has UPF 50 sun protection and this T begins to look like a credible top for the bike.


Okay, so we missed having a jersey pocket and some of the swish branding from a ‘real’ cycling top, but as an option for a summer ride – particularly a more relaxed, non-competitive ride – the Columbia Total Zero makes perfect sense to us.


The Columbia Total Zero retails at £35 and is available in sizes XS-XL, along with more from the Columbia range, at


For more information on Columbia see



The Beautiful Bicycle Print

The Beautiful Bicycle Print - Andy ScullionWith the Tour de France in full flow how could you not want to share your cycling passion with the world via the medium of a colourful tee? Andy Scullion, a graphic designer who graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2009 with a degree in product design, combines his passion for cycling (his current bike is a Specialized Allez, since you ask) with a talent for creating beautiful t-shirts and prints. Explaining his creative process, Andy half-jokes ‘I design my work in my head, it goes through my arm to my hand and then through my hand onto my computer. From here it goes onto a tee…’ Whatever the reality, the results are rather wonderful and at Cyclo we find ourselves torn between the Chris Froome and Hipster Lion Bike as our favourite.


Andy is currently aiming to raise £2,000 via the Kickstarter ‘crowd funding’ channel to produce a brand-new print featuring 32 beautiful bikes suggested by the projects backers. Varying levels of pledge reward backers with postcards or prints of various sizes or the opportunity to submit a picture of their own treasured bike for consideration for inclusion. ‘I run the risk of not getting backers with beautiful bicycle!’ says Andy, ‘But I’ve seen a lot of nice bikes so there isn’t much risk of that.’


For full details of Andy’s Kickstarter project and to get involved see – take a look at the video below or follow him on twitter @wyatt_design


T-shirts and prints are available via


Apparel Reviews

Spiro Full Zip Performance Top

Spiro Full Zip Performance TopCycling, we’re sure we don’t need to tell you, is not necessarily the cheapest of pursuits; bike aside, it’s not difficult to find money all-but physically leaking from your pocket once you start to kit up. But can the budget end of the market fulfil anything other than the most basic of requirements? With this question in mind Cyclo took a look at the new Spiro Full Zip Performance Top, a promising looking jersey with a price tag that made for a full-on double-take…


Made from 100% polyester the Spiro Full Zip Performance Top wicks reasonable well in warmer weather but lacking any elastane/Spandex in the mix lacks the closer fit and dynamic movement of more expensive jerseys and as the fabric doesn’t incorporate any antibacterial properties it becomes prone to a degree of stink if left to its own devises.


However, the fit – despite the absence of elastic stretch – is surprisingly good; available in S to XXL for men (chest size 37-49inch) and XS to XL for women (UK 8-16) the jersey isn’t especially long in the back, but sits well and pretty much stays put thanks to an effective rubberised ridge system at the hem. Despite being reassuringly lightweight, the biggest issue with comfort is the seam quality – you don’t need to look inside to judge the bulkiness of stitching, spend a couple of hours on the bike and you’ll feel it. We found, even without a substantial sweat factor, and particularly under the arms, that the seam size and quality resulted in mild irritation – bordering on chafing – in the kind of time frame we would barely consider a leg-stretcher. It’s probably unreasonable to expect flatlock seams at an entry-level price, but this remained the one area where we felt a case of ‘you get what you pay for’ came into play.


Two open lumber pocket – not the biggest we’ve seen, but ample for a gel or two – are complimented by a mid-back zipped pocket for keys/cash and a commendable amount of reflective detailing, particularly in the back, an area sadly lacking in many jerseys we’ve ridden in. Another welcome addition is UV protection, which never goes amiss. In terms of looks the Spiro Full Zip Performance Top delivers either a black/white or much higher viability green/black combo and complimentary jackets and legwear are available if you fancy building yourself a team kit vibe.


Yes, pros and cons – but the price? Drumroll… £15 for the men’s, £13.50 for the women’s. That alone almost (almost) nullifies the seam criticism. At this price you could build yourself a near complete kit (shorts £16.50, base layer £5.90) for the cost of most jerseys alone. The Spiro Full Zip Performance Top certainly isn’t the most technical or robust jersey available – nor did we expect it to be – but it far outperforms its exceptionally modest price tag


Further information at and online purchase at