Queen of the Mountains Cycling Apparel
On 27th January 2016 a new range of performance cycling wear launched on Kickstarter. Nothing unusual there, new products come on the market all the time. But what makes Queen of the Mountains stand out from the crowd? Well firstly this is cycle clothing designed by women for women which means a lot of thought has gone in to the technical performance and details of the range. The brand has all the features you’d expect to find on many existing high end products plus a few more you probably hadn’t thought about! Secondly, it’s bright and vibrant, and most importantly for me, NOT PINK!
The brand’s signature colour is a dark coral with flashes of dark aqua and it’s very striking. And yes, there are some softer colours that feature in the range if you like something more delicate but it’s still not pink ;-)
Designed in London and made in Italy, the spring/summer collection features two jersey styles: Classic and Race fit each available in two colour options, shorts again available in two colour options, a lightweight windproof and water repellent gilet, base-layer vest, arm warmers, socks and a cycling cap. So just a few items to choose from!
I was privileged enough to get an early preview of this range and to try it on for size too! Being a lover of strong colours I was instantly drawn to the race fit and was encouraged in to the changing room with the whole bunch of stuff to slip on with a promise that I’d let the promotion team see me in it and tell them what I thought. First on was the base-layer vest, a clothing item I don’t yet own, but can absolutely appreciate the benefits. This one was a nice snug fitting soft mesh material, with a racer style back and long enough to tuck comfortably in to the shorts without bunching.
The charcoal grey shorts were up next, a subtle change from the usual black offerings. They had a deep soft band across the front of the waist for increased comfort and a high rise waist at the back, complete with a soft rubber gripper to keep them in place as you ride; a detail I’d not come across before, but one which made absolute sense. The legs were finished with a comfortable wide gripper band again to help keep them in position. The padding in the shorts felt great too, unsurprising since the Cytech pad is the same one used by Rapha.
The jersey, in the dark coral, was a fantastic fit and the material was super soft and smooth. It comes with the usual three pockets, the outer two slightly angled for easier access on the bike and a fourth concealed zip pocket for valuables. The fabric is abundantly stretchy so I felt that no matter how I might move it would move with me, this material was specifically chosen to allow the jersey to adapt to the varying shapes and sizes of the female form. The bonus factor of this jersey is the technical specification; it’s a particularly fast drying material that purports to dry twice as fast as traditional swimwear, a great feature if you’ve worked up a sweat on a long ride.
Lastly came the gilet, a very lightweight wisp of a jacket that fit snugly without being restrictive because lets be honest, if you’ve gone for a performance fit with your jersey you really don’t want to pop a gilet over the top that flaps around in the wind. The gilet has a large rear pocket in it so if you need to stash anything readily to hand you don’t have to fumble around trying to get to your jersey pockets hidden under the gilet. A nice addition.
Now granted I haven’t actually ridden a bike in this kit to truly test it’s comfort factor, but I was convinced enough to put my money where my mouth is and place an order right then and there. And now I cannot wait for the happy little parcel to arrive so I can get out there looking and feeling great in some fantastic kit.
Take a look at the whole spring/summer 2016 collection and learn more about Queen of the Mountains here