Velobici Van-Abel Jersey + VB Ella Vest & Short

by Lois May-Miller

Colour Black
Superb quality, sophisticated design and top level comfort.

My first thought on receiving a parcel from Velobici was how beautiful the packaging was. Gift wrapping comes as standard with all Velobici orders, and it certainly felt like a special occasion opening up my parcel. The good news is, this attention to detail is consistent in the clothes themselves.

Let's start with the Van-Abel Jersey. You can tell straight away that you're wearing a high quality piece of clothing. The fabric is incredibly soft, comfortable, and a little thicker than my other jerseys. This garment is knitted in Nottingham and made in Leicestershire. and there is a lot to be said for keeping the whole process within the UK, which Velobici do with all their products. Admittedly this means prices are not 'cheap' - but you are getting the quality you pay for.

Nice Rear Detailing

In terms of features, the jersey has a full zip to the front, and a drop back hem. There are five pockets, two of which can be zipped shut (and kept my phone dry on a wet ride). I rather like the different, asymmetric design of the rear pockets, though it may not be to everyone's tastes. The sleeves and rear hem are edged with reflective piping, and the cuffs and hem have silicone grippers (helpful for keeping up my escapee arm-warmers). The jersey is made from a Meryl/Lycra mix which must be what makes it so soft and comfy. Having been through my washing machine at least ten times now, the fabric is just the same as it was when new.

The jersey is unisex, though the Velobici website doesn't make it too clear that this is the case. I would say an XS would fit a 6-8, S a 10-12 and so on. A size small fitted me perfectly (I'm normally a size 10) with a close fit but not 'race tight' - after all this is more of a Sunday jersey than something for competing in.

So, back to those details. The Velobici branding features, but subtly, in the form of a jacquard design to chest and back. The zip pullers feature the Velobici chain ring logo, and the neck and pockets have a contrasting red lining.

I've worn this out on countless rides now, and feel very comfortable wearing it for a cafe stop - it's certainly the most stylish bit of cycling kit in my wardrobe. So much so that it gets hung up with my dresses and shirts, instead of living in a drawer with the rest of my kit.

Attractive Colour And Fit

The other goodies in my Velobici parcel were a VB Ella vest and shorts. Ella is Velobici's female-specific range. The vest and shorts are designed as undergarments, and have proven themselves useful as an extra layer during some very cold rides in December.  The shorts are, well, short. In terms of sizing, I would say that they come up a little small. A medium fit me (very) snugly, but perhaps that's just the mince pies. They are still, however, incredibly comfy.

Once again the fabric on both of these items is very soft, and very stretchy. I really like the simple, black design which features the Velobici logo in a jacquard design on the side panels. The vest has a drop back hem with a silicone gripper to keep it in place under your jersey. I can't fault either item on comfort or design. I have worn the shorts under my 'normal' trousers for commuting, and they did a good job of protecting my bum. Again, these don't come particularly cheap, but at £66.00 when bought together, you're getting something pretty special for your money.

So, to sum up my Velobici kit: superb quality, sophisticated design and top level comfort.

I think I'll put the whole collection on next year's Christmas list.

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