Review: Hackney GT Unisex Base Layer & Socks
September 26th, 2016
September 26th, 2016
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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Hackney GT's base layer has a lovely feel to it; it's light and silky, and fits close to the body without being restrictive. The seams are flat and, although they sit under the armpit, are soft and never revealed themselves as an abrasive nuisance during a ride. The rest of the body is made from 'Aviatar' perforated polyester, which makes for good temperature control, sweat-wicking, and general performance under pressure. The lycra side panels (seen in blue) also ease the tension and give a great fit, regardless of your shape, hence this is a unisex base layer, suitable for women and men of all proportions. All in all, it felt great and fitted well, which I didn't expect from a unisex garment. The fabric is sourced from a pro-team supplier in Belgium, and it felt every bit as good as similar garments at twice the price. The Aviatar perforated polyester performed well during recent clammy autumn rides, so it should live up to its promises of regulating body temperatures in all conditions and all seasons; helping to relieve moisture build-up in the summer, and insulating in the winter. All of Hackney GT's base layers sport some kind of jazzy design, so shy retiring types should look away now.
Hackney GT can't help but play with outrageous colours and loud patterns, so their socks should obviously be no exception. These Robi Green beauties are by no means easy on the eye, but they were easy on the feet, and they match up to a new jersey if you're brave enough for a double ensemble. The socks were soft and warm, and the tops were doubled up to create a seamless, rolled over appearance, but also made for a snug fit that illuminated the need to hitch them up halfway through a ride. They are made from a polyamide and cotton combination, meaning they're as durable as they come while staying pretty breathable too. They come as 'two sizes fit all', and were a tad big on my size 6 feet, but once in the shoe, it wasn't noticeable. The pack of three offers good value and a nice touch of madness to any outfit, and would make for a quirky take on a classic gift.
I don't have a bad word to say about these products, as I think they're reasonably priced for great performing garments. The colours and patterns won't be to everyone's taste, but that's what makes them Hackney GT; founded off the back of a globe-trotting DJ with a taste for street and world music. Personally, I think winter deserves a splash of colour, as do I, and HGT fit the bill.