Review: Sombrio Women’s Origami Jersey
When you hear jersey I bet you think spandex, pockets and zippers. Each of these features have its benefits; pockets for food and tools, zippers for airflow and spandex to keep close to your body. These features have very little use in mountain biking with backpacks strapped to our backs and the desire of looser fitting clothing to be able to move freely. While the free ride and all mountain movement have brought many killer clothes to production for guys, it’s limiting (as usual) for women.
Meet the Sombrio Cartel and the Origami Jersey
This jersey reminds me of a high end workout shirt from Adidas or Nike, but designed to fit with your arms extended and your torso slightly bent.
- Seamless construction
- X-Staticå¨ silver wrapped fiber technology
- Eliminates odors
- Regulates temperature
- Eliminates static
- Anti-slip hem
Fit of the Sombrio Origami Jersey
The size medium that I’ve been wearing fits like a glove. While snug, I haven’t had any chaffing under my Hydrapak or feeling of over heating. For sizing reference I wear a size medium/6 in most clothes.
$75 is a pretty going rate of a bike jersey with pockets, zippers and do-dads. $75 for a glorified Lululemon overbuilt workout shirt is a bit much for me. While the shirt feels amazing, does everything it says it will, I’m sure those who live for all mountain riding won’t hesitate for a second to rock this shirt.
If you have the money it’s a great substitute for standard spandex. I find myself pulling this on any chance given, even for wearing off the bike. If the retail on this was closer to $50 I could see buying a couple and it being my go-to shirt. For $75 I may ask for it on a wish list for Christmas.
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Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review
Functional Women’s Bike Clothes
As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!
Chrome - A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.
Swrve - very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?
Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.
Zoic - Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.
Shebeest - A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.
Loeka – I’ll take one of everything please
YMX – Yoga styles meet two wheels
What do you wear to get around town that doesn’t wear out or look to racer? I’m also going to hunt around the sale rack at REI for The North Face and Patagonia wear.
Photo credit: Bill Fehr