The Domestique Critique – Apace Peloton Jersey

by Jacquelyn Herbert

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Apace is a kit brand founded in 2012 in India, with a broad range of gear for cycling, running and triathlon. With an in-house design team, purpose-made fabrics, customized color palette, and a wide range of products, apace offers performance wear that does not break the bank. Functionality is key for good performance apparel, and apace design revolves around functionality. The well-designed and purpose-made apparel will satisfy the elite athlete, as well as the weekend warrior.  Continue reading “The Domestique Critique – Apace Peloton Jersey”

The Domestique Critique: RedWhite The Bib UPDATED REVIEW

In June, I reviewed a pair of bibshorts from RedWhite that I purchased myself. I liked them but found a few things like fit and chamois to be less than I expected. I also wrote about how responsive the brand’s found, Yuva, was when I emailed and asked about sizing. I was between a Medium and a Large and decided to buy a Large. Rarely am I a Medium in bibshorts and I feared the dreaded sausage leg. Yuva kindly offered to send me a Medium after my review and suggested that may be at the center of my issues with the bibshort. How could I not give it a try? Hey, a good return policy is a reason to be positive about a brand, as I’ve found out in this case. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: RedWhite The Bib UPDATED REVIEW”

The Domestique Critique: Performance Ultra Jersey & Bib Shorts

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If you have a preconceived notion of what “bike shop kit” is, then this review is for you. If you are looking for a reasonable kit from an accessible shop, then this review is for you. If you turn your nose down at anything from a major retailer, then this review is for you. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: Performance Ultra Jersey & Bib Shorts”

The Domestique Critique: La Passione Hexagonal Summer Jersey

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Long story long, this past winter I needed an updated pair of ankle length knickers and bought La Passione when they had a sale. It was a great deal and I figured I would Zwift more if they didn’t quite fit right for riding IRL. Turns out they were glorious. Stretchy and comfortable, with pro details like a yoga waistband and a thinner bit of material behind the knees and reflective tags around the ankles. When I saw they were releasing a new women’s collection for SS17, I had to have it. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: La Passione Hexagonal Summer Jersey”

The Domestique Critique: Rule XIV #C Series Bib Shorts

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Rule XIV chose to start their focus with the most critical part of your ride apparel – the bibshort. Deriving their name from the tongue-in-cheek Velominati Rule #14, “Shorts should be black,” Rule XIV set out to design premium bibshorts that break the rules, but always keep you in black.

 

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The Domestique Critique: Femme Velo Ascend Jersey and Randonneur Bib Shorts

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Femme Velo is more than cycling clothing. They are a brand, yes, but a community, a club, and truly an inspiration for getting more women to ride. Designing cycling kit for women is a natural extension for the woman/bicycle concept.  Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: Femme Velo Ascend Jersey and Randonneur Bib Shorts”

The Domestique Critique: Velocio Ultralight Jersey

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Less is more when it comes to Velocio’s Ultralight Jersey. Ultra-minimal, ultra-breathable, and ultra-light describe this Celestial offering from Velocio. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: Velocio Ultralight Jersey”

The Domestique Critique: Art of Endurance

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Art of Endurance is yet another Australian kit brand with unique designs to offer women. I mean, I’m starting to get jealous I don’t live in Australia. I feel like everyone there is the most well-dressed cyclist on the planet. Art of Endurance can help you stand out even more.

I had the chance to ride in the Tesselate kit for a few months. It’s always exciting to roll up to a group ride and show off a kit. The Tesselate is a striking design, offered in pink and light blue, inspired by the many mountains climbed in training and is a play on the humble triangle as a metaphor for the daily challenges we face and overcome. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: Art of Endurance”

The Domestique Critique: dhb Blok

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Over the past few years, dhb‘s collections have been rivaling those that cost three times as much. The designs have been on point and the quality is shockingly good. Good enough to win 2015 Brand of the Year at the Total Women’s Cycling Awards (not to mention parent company Wiggle.com winning two years in a row for Best Online Retailer). The dhb Blok jersey and bibs epitomizes this quality – both in performance as well as looks. Continue reading “The Domestique Critique: dhb Blok”