Fashion, Style and Clothing

Surly Womens Jersey
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Review: Surly Merino Wool Longsleeve Jersey

This winter I’ve had the opportunity to add pretty key pieces to my cold weather attire. With a good amount of cold base miles, I’ve shredded some items and some have stayed strong and worthy of a solid review. A few different long sleeve jerseys are my main highlights from this shredding that I’ll be reviewing this week.

There is something comforting about a soft merino wool piece of clothing. It wraps you up in it’s natural warmth, and can be reused for a couple weeks at a time if you don’t sweat it up too badly. Most folks who are purchasing their first piece of merino get sticker shock, but quickly they understand they are replacing 2-3 piece of clothing due to the wicking, warmth and longevity of wool. Ever purchased a pair of Smartwool socks? I bet you wish all of your socks were that amazing.

Features

MSRP: $140
Colors: Black or Gray

There are a handful of features that Surly will want to tell you about, but the best feature for me is the ability to wear this on and off the bike easily. The jersey turns into a sweater when paired with a pair of jeans. The sleeves with thumb holes are long enough and easily flipped up for casual use. The back has a “cigarette pocket” which is one pocket with zippers on either side.

Surly Womens Merino Wool

Fit

Traditionally women’s wool jerseys have fit pretty baggy and boxy on me. I can say that this jersey in size large fits me pretty darn well. With room for a tshirt or jersey underneath it isn’t super snug but it does allow me to feel like a woman when wearing it. As I mentioned I often wear it into shops as a sweater and it does look like a women’s sweater (with a sweet pocket in the back!)

Overall Thoughts

If you can swallow the price tag of $140 this jersey will last you many seasons, keeping you warm and dry. It’s an essential for me when traveling as I can wear it a handful of times and not be overwhelmed by stench or dirt.

See it on SurlyBikes.com

Photo Credit: Benjamin Wilson

Po Campo Roscoe Crossbody Bag
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Preview: Po Campo Roscoe Cross Body Bag

Ever since Po Campo sent out an email a couple weeks back about the new colors in the Roscoe Crossbody bag I’ve been waiting patiently for Quality Bicycle Products to get them instock. I had hoped they would get them in before Frostbike (industry trade show this week) but unfortunately they did not. Maria from Po Campo braved the snow and traveled to Minneapolis this weekend for Frostbike. She was nice enough to bring along a bag for me to buy!I was able to use the Roscoe over the past couple days to carry around my iPad mini, iPhone and other key items (ID badge, charger, business cards, etc.)

Maria saved the day, so thank you!

Roscoe Crossbody Bag

I wouldn’t say this is a cycling specific bag at all, but more of a great looking bag with touches for those that use it on the bike. The color and function are what completely caught my attention and what I’ll be basing an upcoming review on!

Hopefully over the next week I’ll be able to ride with the bag and can give a pretty straight forward review with more photos of the interior pockets.

Disclaimer: I purchased this bag, super stoked on it and reviews (as always) will be based on using/abusing the product to give you the best feedback possible.

 

Endurance Conspiracy
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Recently Spotted: My Clothing Want List

Some clothing pieces in my internet travels that have grabbed my attention.

Let It Rain Jacket – Athleta $178

Cortina Hoody – Smartwool $120

Viva Cycling Cap – Castelli $14.95

Grand Prix Wool Jersey – Terry $140

Fit & Vicious – Endurance Conspiracy $30

Merino Wool Hoodie – Twin Six $180

Here are the pants on me after my afternoon commute. I've tried to pull my shirt back so that you can get a good look at the waist band.
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Review: Outlier’s Women’s Daily Riding Pant

A guest post from Laura Colbert of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA.

I am a girl who loves denim.  Outside of work time, I’m always in dark, well-fitted pair of jeans, even if I’m on a bike.  So when I started commuting more, I didn’t think twice about what I would wear for the ride.  Read More

Chrome Storm Pasha Jacket
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Chrome Storm Pasha Women’s Cycling Jacket

It’s that time of the year. Unless you live in some odd part of the country that doesn’t receive seasons, fall is hitting you smack in the face. You may get caught in a cold rain, or have a headwind chilling you to the core on a late night commute.

Chrome has released a new jacket just for those reasons.

Meet the Chrome Storm Pasha

The Storm Pasha features fully-taped 100% waterproof breathable Chrome Storm™ technology. It has a bike-friendly fit for comfortable riding, pit zips and two way main zipper for active venting, a zippered back cargo pocket for cell phone and keys, and reflective details so you can be seen at night.

Features and Fit

  • Fully seam taped construction with waterproof Tactel nylon fabric
  • Zippered pit vents for on bike ventilation
  • High neck collar with 3 panel hood
  • Full width pass through back cargo pocket
  • Longer sleeves and torso for riding comfort
  • Waterproof two way main zipper for on bike ventilation

Personal thoughts on the Storm Pasha

I wish there were more colors, or at least color hits to make the jacket pop out in the dark while riding on the streets. Black is sexy and clean, but so is not dying. Once I get my hands on one I’ll be sure to let you know the fit and durability!

YMX Core Long Sleeve Top
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YMX Core Long Sleeve Top

YMX makes clothing for the athletic woman. While many women look at the clothing line and think yoga the fit and style really fit in well across cycling. The fit is sexy, the material is soft and light. As YMX rolls out more fall and winter clothing I’ll be picking out my favorite’s to share with you.

YMX Core Long Sleeve Top

MSRP: $98

Details: This pink Tribal print long sleeve top is feminine and energetic. Perfect for workout, running, cycling, or with your favorite pair of jeans, this YMX top is sure to be a favorite. YMX tops are sized to fit close to the body, and are light, soft, and have a generous shape-holding stretch. If you prefer a relaxed fit, stepping up from your usual size is recommended.

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