Review: Chapeau Winter Kit
November 24th, 2017
November 24th, 2017
Anna is a jack-of-all-bikes, and has been riding and racing in a myriad of genres for over seven years; from World Cup level cross-country, to grass roots coaching kids on the road.
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Winter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean we need to look like neon warriors, or even cycling ninjas, oh no, we can look classy enough to grab a coffee on route without giving the other patrons a headache.
Chapeau! have released their new winter kit, and it’s as classy as their bowler hat logo would imply. The Madeleine Thermal Jersey features a fleece back fabric that keeps the garment light, whilst still being cosy. The zip lets in a little draft, but once I was up to speed and up to temperature, this offered a nice enough means of venting, and the fleece did a reasonable job of wicking sweat away from the skin too. I’m a big fan of the angled back pockets, but the waterproof zipped pocket won’t accept large phones, which is a shame, but it is good for keeping your coffee money in.
Coupling the Madeleine Jersey with their Merino Base Layer was the real icing on the cake. It’s not about simply adding another layer to stay warm; the Merino is legendary for staying warm when wet. In practice, this means that when I’m soaked through with sweat, I’m not getting chills from the passing air or wind. In fact, I felt bone dry until I got home, disrobed, and found the base layer completely saturated. It really is a magical piece of kit, and it complements the Madeleine Thermal Jersey very well.
Add to the mix the fleece-lined, full-length Soulor Thermal Bibtights, and I felt ready for the crisp outdoors. The wide straps offered good pressure distribution, meaning they didn’t cut into my back or shoulders, they simply melted into the curves of my body. Though the legs are thermal and warm, there is a thin patch of material at the lower base of the spine, which did a good job of letting sweat escape, as well as tricking my brain into thinking I wasn’t over-heating. The zip at the front also offers a little extra fitting for a snug mid-rift.
All-in-all, the whole ensemble is lovely to wear and to look at, and the Merino Base layer is an absolute must for any winter outfit to keep you warm when the inevitable sweats kick in.
Check out the range at www.chapeau.cc.