The Domestique Critique – Apace Peleton 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 – Fat Lad at the Back Lasses Purple Petal Jersey

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Fat Lad/Lass at the Back debuted as a kit brand in 2013 with a focus on a fit for all bodies on bikes. In fact, Fat Lass at the Back put the curve in women’s kit – their kit comes with boobs, hips and waists because women do! They have put thousands of hours of research into the ways women lay down to ensure a fit that is perfect for any body.

Everyone on a bike deserves well-fitting kit and Fat Lass filled the lack of cycling clothing on the market for larger sizes. Continue reading

The Domestique Critique – Rivelo Woodvale Jersey and Fernhurst Bib Shorts

by Jacquelyn Herbert

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That blue is as pretty as the summer sky. It’s the first thing you think when you open your package from Rivelo. If you’ve never heard of this UK-based brand, you’re not alone. Rivelo is still a boutique brand, a quiet overachiever with a distinguished style that is understated yet refined, but never showy enough to splash the pages of Facebook and Instagram and compete to catch your eye that way. You could say they prefer the slow and steady, and continue to put out kit that gets better and better with each collection. They have earned your admiration, not sweet talked you out of your cash. Continue reading

How to Avoid Kit Buyer’s Regret

Holiday time is the best time of the year. The indulgences are a-plenty – food, gifts, travel – but my favorite indulgence of all? SHOPPING. All the sales! The discounts! The freebies! I love starting the new year with new kit. But by the time I can afford to splurge (on sale, of course!) the kit I loved in March isn’t available anymore in December. SAD.

Some of this story is a collection of kit I regret not buying when I had the chance. I wavered too long or just couldn’t scrape those last few dollars together to do it. UGH! Now I wish I had. It’s buyer’s regret but for the other way ’round – I regret not buying that kit. Another part of this story is a guide to help you avoid buyer’s regret and instead buy the kit you will absolutely love. Continue reading

2017 WomensKit Holiday Gift Guide

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I know that holiday gift guides are everywhere right now. But this edit helped me plan for my riding buddies, and  I’m hoping it can be a go-to guide for you. Around this time of year, I get a little too caught up in hunting sales and scooping up the goods I’ve had my eye on and I need a little help to brainstorm ideas for my friends. If you find something here that you like too, well, I won’t tell. Continue reading

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