Winter in LA has been exceptionally cool. That isn’t to say we don’t have it easy with our weather, but for lifelong Angelenos, it is always a test when the temperatures drop into the 40s. The sun may be shining, but the wind combined with the cool air make for a daunting combination. To deal with this varying climate, I chose to test Isadore Apparel almost exclusively for the last two months. The results are in.
Starting with the Echelon bib shorts was a big move. I’ve been sold on a competitor’s bibs for many years, and every time I’ve tried something from another manufacturer, I’ve been disappointed. Not so with Isadore. The Echelon four panel shorts are now my favorite. The construction is excellent, and the Schoeller fabric with Coldblack and 3XDRY treatments is a revelation. The Coldblack provides protection from UV radiation and also disperses heat on warm days. The 3XDRY aids in absorbing and wicking sweat in order to keep the rider dry. The chamois on these bibs is one of the best I’ve worn, and can easily stand up to the rigors of any length ride. The excellent padding has taken me on 80 mile rides with plenty of elevation gain without a hint of discomfort. These bibs were designed to last, and I’ve used them on every ride during this winter season.
Another piece I’ve had the opportunity to test is the Long Sleeve Jersey. I opted for the Alpine Adventure Edition, a nod to my newfound Alps connection. This jersey is a blend of merino wool, lycra and polyester, which provides for a warm but extremely breathable jersey. Just this weekend, I wore it on a day threatening rain, and it provided the warmth I needed to get up to the Hollywood Sign. Then, the weather changed, and it was suddenly sunny and warm. The jersey was just right for both extremes. The fit of this particular jersey is also exceptional. It is snug, but in no way restrictive. The three back pockets are well thought out, and there is a separate zippered pocket for any valuables. This has become another piece in heavy rotation on my bike rides.
For those who don’t know, Isadore Apparel was founded by the Velits brothers, both former pros on the UCI World Tour. Peter Velits last rode for BMC Racing Team, and Martin Velits last rode for Omega Pharma-Quick-Step. Storied careers in cycling provide the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to produce top tier cycling clothing, and the Velits are doing just that. Their clothing allows us all to understand and experience what it’s like to ride in kit that works perfectly on the bike.