Not your classic cycling jersey. But this merino wool number from Findra has style and versatility aplenty.
RRP – £95
Website – www.findra.co.uk
As a woman who struggles to find clothes at the best of times, to pull on a cycling jersey and like it so much that I proceed to wear it out for coffee – on foot, mind – was a pleasant surprise. No cheap synthetic fabrics, lumpy fits or lazy finishes are to be found at Findra.
Well-fitting jumpers aren’t exactly commonplace on the high street, so to find that a relatively small cycling apparel retailer produces a jersey so flattering to the feminine form is a breath of fresh air. It shouldn’t be this difficult.
“…to find that a relatively small cycling apparel retailer produces a jersey so flattering to the feminine form is a breath of fresh air.”
The choice of colours is on the reserved side but wide – navy, oatmeal and various shades of grey – making for an easy-to-wear wardrobe staple. Contrast stripes at the cuff and hem add subtle yet pretty points of detail.
Fashioned from 100% merino wool, a favourite here at le Bidon for its moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties, the jersey performs across all seasons, though you may switch to a short-sleeved alternative on warmer summer days. The ultra-fine wool makes for a lightweight, breathable design that makes it suitable for cyclists, walkers and trail-runners alike.
Pockets are noticeable by their absence here. The delicate wool probably would not enjoy the stretches and strains that come with overfilled storage pouches. But you can’t have everything. What you can have more than makes up for the omission. Integral thumb-holes, a long back with curved hem, and a drawstring at the neck are all designed to keep the chill out.
When you can quite happily drift off into the land of nod wearing your cycling clobber, you know you’re onto a winner in the comfort stakes. The super-soft merino wool is partly to thank for this, but the seamless pattern helps too, eliminating itchy discomfort.
“When you can quite happily drift off into the land of nod wearing your cycling clobber, you know you’re onto a winner…”
Less to do with comfort but still worth a mention, the seamless design also makes for a stronger jersey. While we love a bit of sewing to extend our jerseys’ lifespans, one that stays hole-free of its own accord is certainly preferable.
All-told, £95 for a long-sleeved merino wool jersey is an incredibly reasonable price to pay. Taking into consideration this jersey’s performance, versatility and quality, delicate finish, I’d say that the price tag is a bit of a steal.