REVIEW: Carbonaut Café Vélo Hoody

by Tom Copeland

Price £75.00
Size M
Colour Black
Stylish off the bike wear, a wear all day hoody from a new cycling specific clothing company.

The Café Vélo Hoody definitely ticks the box for the clothing brand Carbonaut's design brief - unique casual wear for cyclists.

Carbonaut was launched towards the end of 2012, aiming to provide an off-the-bike identity to cyclists with its well-designed, casual garments. The Café Velo Hoody is a perfect example of their work, coming in at a very reasonable £75. It isn't a top designed for riding in, yet it still retains certain features that as a cyclist you become accustomed to.

cafe velo
Soft and Comfortable

The fitted ergonomic cut meaning the cuffs are cut back in a bicycle riding style, a handy zipped essentials pocket on the rear side, a dropped hem at the back, and all the while made from a very comfortable 100% cotton material. I found myself wearing it rather more than I thought I would.

This was the first thing that I noticed after slipping the top on for the first time, just how snug it felt and with the tapered fit, it sits well and avoids any flapping of excess material all-the-while without being skin tight in the areas that need a bit more give. Not everyone can be as slender as Sir Bradley.

rear pocket
Rear Essentials Pocket

The Carbonaut brand looks to provide quality casual clothing and the small details make this top what it is. For example, on the left cuff you find a small ribbon with a café vélo clothing logo, which just looks smart. It's the little things that count.

In it's raw black colour it certainly is stylish although my only gripe would be that it is lacking any reflective pipelines or rear facing logos, just for those times when you are on the bike heading to the pub at night rather than the café in the morning. Otherwise, it ticks all of my boxes too.

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