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Review: Neon Velo Performance Apparel Cycling Kit

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Neon Velo will not be a simple model to define but in a nutshell it will be correct to say they are an up-and-coming UK cyclewear brand. The thing is, the Neon Velo story started around 2014 with boutique street cycling excursions in the mountains of Switzerland, Italy and France, the riders have been all decked-out within the ‘staff package’. There’s also the Neon Velo Cycling Workforce which is closely into Cyclocross and competes in the US and UK, the present accolades are a first and second general putting in the UK Cyclocross Nationwide Collection. It means they don’t seem to be only a cyclewear model. For the typical punter nevertheless, Neon Velo is about biking package.

The brand is defined by delicate colours (very much in development) and typically a splash of colour to amplify what’s in any other case an understatement. Neon Velo have a slender vary with six biking jerseys and two stand-out because they embrace that ‘splash’ of colour. There is a Rapha-esque navy blue jersey with pink sleeves and the group jerseys that function a fluro colored swirl on the arm. In any other case, the jerseys also share a standard fashion with white area on the back of the jersey onto which the brand is place. Crisp and clear. There’s indeed a philosophy to this, brand director, Simon Farrell explains,

“Our time on the street is something we see as therapeutic. Biking is our escape, our time, our place and our freedom. As bike owner we’re all the time one journey away from a cheerful place. A place our staff riders and brand employees have named their ‘Whitespace’. An area the place you rediscover your self, rebuild your power levels, escape life stresses and reconnect with life.

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Our ‘Whitespace’ ethos is the rationale that a whole lot of our jerseys have the Emblem placed in a whitespace across the back of the shoulders. The Neon-Velo emblem represents you, your shoulder carry life’s stress’s and the whitespace is the place you go to flee from that. It was something that simply made sense at the time and has since turn out to be a core worth to everybody involved with the Neon-Velo brand.”

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Before putting the cyclewear underneath the magnifying glass, Farrell burdened the importance of their actual world cyclecross testing and improvement. “As a model we consider Cyclocross allows us to actually check and refine our merchandise and does so in an surroundings that pushes them to absolutely the limit. It is because of this that we now race solely in the mud.”

We additionally consider the typical bike owner features much more from this kind of product testing ground, than they might, from wind tunnel testing and or aero dynamic improvement. In any case, no one needs to spend money on an excellent aero, mild weight jerseys, that has been examined by professional street staff with disposable revenue and equally disposable workforce clothes. Solely then to seek out, that its good for just a few months of use. Our merchandise benefit from our cyclocross heritage whereas using a typical ‘Pro-Fit’, however presents the sturdiness that a mean bike owner both, wants and expects when paying for prime end boutique biking apparel.”

Now that we’ve got the low-down on the brand values and testing, let’s check out the cycling package from Neon Velo.

Inspecting Neon Velo

For evaluate I acquired a package in black and white type. This included the Professional Fit Aero Jersey Black, Base Layer Vest White, Lightweight Gilet Black, Pro-Match Bib Shorts Black/White and the Basic Socks each as a white pair and black pair. All in all, a black and white affair which makes it supremely straightforward to combine and match with the bike or other gear.

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Combined between black or white panels are bold daring and delicate typography, NEON and VELO are emblazoned on different leg of the knicks and there are also NVPA acronyms positioned in key places. The broad white panel on the again of the cycling jersey and gilet (with Neon Velo emblem in the center) is sweet for providing distinction and visibility in visitors. And in order that you understand, NVPA commonplace for Neon Velp Efficiency Apparel. All-in-all, apart from the Black/White contrasts, it isn’t a loud package so when you want a bit more bling, take a look at the other color variations.

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For the sizing of the biking put on, I referred to the dimensions chart and based mostly on this chosen the dimensions L for each merchandise. Typically with different manufacturers I’ll have measurement XL bib knicks although for Neon Velo, I followed the advice. The result’s a race-face, an in depth fit but not too tight that it is uncomfortable or seems like compression put on. I was proud of the match of all the gadgets except the gilet, which I will come to quickly. A side-note before taking a look at each individual garment, this is produced in Italy and purely with this in thoughts, you’ll be able to often anticipate a high degree of high quality and that Italian-made gear often sits in a unique worth class compared to a number of Asian made wear.

Pro Match Aero Jersey Black – 121g

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I counted six totally different material varieties used in the development of the jersey and general it is pretty lightweight (121g) and breathable. The wind-facing entrance sections and arms use a barely more dense and elasticised polyester whereas extra breathable grades are utilized in other sections. The mid-sized collar incorporates a nice function, a kind of sweat band on the within which can also be elastic and helps maintain it trim and sensible. The elastic hem around the waist has a stunning silver pattern on the within (which can also be used for the knicks). The sleeves are long and silicon grippers are fairly ‘sticky’ you must ease them on if you put the cycling jersey on, but they’re tremendous snug while driving and stay in place.

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General the fit is great with simply the fitting length (for me) on the entrance a again, neither too lengthy or brief. As it’s a race fit, if I’m feeling bloated it is doesn’t assist enhance my determine… however then-again, black is slimming. The rear of the cycling jersey has three properly sized pockets and a further zipper pocket. With regards to consideration to detail, for the stitching of the pockets, inserts have been used which assist forestall the pockets from tearing. There’s nothing worse that forking out your money for premium cyclewear which feels the pinch once you fill the pockets and begins to tear. Contained in the pockets there’s ample area, not only because of the peak but in addition as a result of they’re sewn with a fold that permits them to extra simply increase. This is such a considerate element as it is so nicely completed. Bananas, mini-pumps, instruments, gels, bars, spares and a telephone, you may in all probability ditch the saddlebag for those who needed.

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I rode each with the matching gilet and with out on heat days, however all the time with the Base Layer Vest. In combination I used to be really proud of the moisture wicking. I might feel that it was a race match and never as leisurely as a comfort-fit jersey which is a plus if you want to appear and feel fast.

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A minor criticism of the jersey is that the print is ever so barely offset on the weave of the material (on the back section). This can be a element most individuals in all probability gained’t discover and positively has no impact on efficiency.

Base Layer Vest White – 61 g

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I actually, really favored the base layer, the armless vest was airy (appropriately) however a bit plushy. This routinely makes you’re taking more care when dealing with it and makes it feel like one in every of your favorite t-shirts. Whereas driving in several weather situation I might sense that the base-layer working nicely wicking away moisture.

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Towards the white material, three small black tags with branding create a nice accent so in case your jersey is unzipped, it appears sensible. General a great base layer that I feel performs properly in cooler and warmer weather circumstances any could be easily paired with different package.

Light-weight Gilet Black – 91g

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The Neon Velo gilet has loads of good traits, let’s start with these. It’s properly constructed and at 91 grams, might be folded and match into a jersey pocket without being an enormous burden. It includes a excessive collar along with pretty strong zipper that’s straightforward to ‘operate’ whereas driving. Infact, it’s a double-zipper so you may also unzip the jersey partial from the underside. In case you have ever had a gilet on and wanted to rummage by means of your jersey pockets, you’ll recognize how useful it’s to partially unzip the vest from the underside to give you the area to fish into your pockets.

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Though it is mild, the entrance panels present good wind safety, though it’ll reach it’s limits towards gilets with thicker fabrics throughout wintery circumstances. The fabric may also present some splash safety (though I didn’t get to place it to the check) and the rear of the gilet is a breathable mesh… exactly what you want if you find yourself suffering up a steep climb. Reflective tabs are sewn into the back, a function I all the time wish to see on cyclewear… so there are a number of good issues concerning the Neon Velo Gilet. To date I might would additionally need to claim that it wonderful.

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Despite all of these traits and the apparent quality of the construction, it was let down by the sizing or the tailoring. As compared, the biking jersey (mentioned above) was a measurement L and an ideal fit nevertheless this gilet, additionally a market as measurement L, was was reduce a bit in another way. That will not often be an enormous deal for a gilet nevertheless there was far too much area within the collar which subsequently caught plenty of wind whereas driving. The wind constantly raced via the vest inflicting it to flap away noisily. That’s proper, I’m the type of rider who wants a nearly silent bike.

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While it offered good wind safety for the chest as well as breathability, the noisy flapping was a frustration. In case you are sporting a neck-sock (reminiscent of from Buff Headwear) this might be a solution. I am not positive should you might simply size-down for a greater match (as the arm holes might turn out to be a bit of tight) so I recommend enquiring with Neon Velo and looking for their steerage.

Professional-Match Bib Shorts Black/Black – 181g

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Like the remainder of the package, the bib knicks are additionally properly made and have a considerate design. The massive elastic braces are snug and hyperlink in with a lighter and breathable mesh on the rear. The bib knicks are designed to take a seat excessive enough and can neatly conceal your abdomen for that extra-slimming effect. The mid-length legs have 7 centimetre elastic powerband (with the shimmering silvery grippers on the within). The stitching all through is acceptable with flatlock and overlock stitching in the suitable locations. A secret pocket is included, this is covered-up by a jersey and though it is too small for a telephone or wallet, you would stash a gel or perhaps even a compact race-radio in there.

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Contained in the knicks, your complete chamois curves up forward into the groin space which is not only more snug, it also means you possibly can lean ahead into an aerotuck position and be afforded extra consolation.

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I like the development and elegance of the chamois but wanted a little bit of settling-in at the beginning of each experience. The chamois development spits within the middle which is sweet and offers a little bit of a niche for the perineum. The front part of the chamois had a bit an excessive amount of padding (within the two prongs) for my liking and have become noticeable on very lengthy rides notably once I was within the dropbars. My personal choice is less padding in the front part to go well with my driving fashion for longer distance street cycling excursions but I can see how this was a thought-about a part of the construction to go well with riders with a more relaxed driving position (Gran Fondo) or upright driving position akin to Cyclocross and Gravel Driving.

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For extra context, I choose to experience with a saddle with a cut-away and for the evaluate used both my regular racey Prologo Nago Evo Pas and in addition a wider Scicon ELAN (also with cutaway) designed as a MTB / Street cross-over saddle with a bent to accommodate a more upright place than aero. On each saddles, driving in an aerotuck (on the dropbars) I regularly turned numb (down there) and from experience, this is solved with a more upright driving place (though this is slower), using a special knicks/chamois, utilizing a unique saddle or a mixture of those three issues.

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For all the cycling wear critiques on Bicycles Network Australia, we are likely to remind readers that chamois and knicks are highly private so it can be trial and error for riders to determine the right package. The Neon Velo bibknicks are not any totally different so I can still advocate these however recommend performing some homework and searching at the chamois type to see if that is more likely to be a great match on your driving preferences.

Basic Socks White / Black – 34g pair

A pair of black and a pair of white socks have been provided by Neon Velo with the package to evaluation. They have been similar except having the reverse color and half-calf-length type sock, the standard in pro-cycling. Constructed as lightweight and breathable socks (with coolmax material), the socks use totally different weaves within the totally different elements of the socks along with elasticised sections for a cosy fit. In case you have ever seen socks being made by a machine, it appears difficult however the result is that the socks that don’t appear difficult. The Basic socks are straight ahead the probabilities are that they may fit very with biking gear.

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Neon Velo call these ‘Basic’ black / white socks though they are removed from being simple socks as they tie in fit, comfort and breathability very nicely. Indeed the design is basic and I’ve instructed that they may simply pair with any package and footwear. It goes without saying that the white socks usually tend to appeal to and show street grime so my practical thoughts says that the black variations are higher. But if you would like have the remainder of your driving bunch debate your sanity, it’s also possible to combine it up with one black and one white sock… is that even allowed?

For the £15 price tag, some riders can be looking for a bit more color and elegance so take a look at the website as there are a number of different designs with a touch extra color.

Neon Velo in Summary

As a modern cyclewear brand, Neon Velo has a constant fashion and presents sufficient colors options and accents throughout the fairly compact range so that the majority cyclists will discover their favourites. The bold branding combined with the delicate branding make you appear to be a part of the workforce however there’s still enough neutrality that allows you to pair the package nicely together with your bike, helmet, sunnies and footwear.

In the event you contemplate that Neon Velo are a race-fit jersey, knicks, base layer and socks are constructed for function, then the appears may be a secondary facet. Because the brand says, it’s ‘Performance Apparel’… it truly is and the price-tag confirms that performance often has a worth. It’s the price tag that may knock a variety of cyclists out of the operating for this gear. with £15 delivery, this is able to place a single jersey delivered to Australia at around $242 and then tax would even be levied on the import. The flip-side is that Australia riders, this additionally makes it fairly exclusive.

The vest sizing is one detail that, in my expertise, must be improved. And past private choice (for chamois fashion and design), the cyclewear from Neon Velo delivers a race match that is still snug and has all the particulars you’d anticipate from premium cycle wear.

Professional Match Aero Jersey = £120 / ca. AUD $215
Lightweight Gilet = £99 / ca. AUD $177
Pro-Fit Bib Shorts = £170 / ca. AUD $305
Base Layer Vest = £39 / ca. AUD $72
Basic Socks = £15 / ca. AUD $27
Delivery £15 / ca. AUD $27

For particulars and ordering go to Neon Velo Web site