My full assessment of Sportful’s Complete Consolation jacket & bibtights, BodyFit Professional lengthy sleeve base layer, and cap (they name it a helmet liner).
The Sportful line of chilly climate biking package runs fairly deep – with greater than sufficient mannequin variations and decisions to cowl each driving situation I can consider. The Italian model’s roots are in cross-country ski gear, in order that they know just a few issues about chilly climate efficiency clothes. Italian’s take note of tailoring, type and match like nobody else, so that you’re nearly assured to look good. In addition they sponsor Peter Sagan’s TotalEnergies professional biking staff, and have and have been a fixture on the Professional Tour stage for a few years – so the cred is strong.
For sure – I used to be enthusiastic about moving into this new SPORTFUL Winter Package, and out into the some cool situations.
Complete Consolation Jacket – $300US
The signature merchandise within the Sportful winter lineup this 12 months – the Complete Consolation jacket is all new, and to chop to the chase, and really good piece of package.
I’ve worn and reviewed dozens of winter jackets through the years, and that is the primary design of this sort that I’ve seen. Thanks partially to advances in technical materials and new methods designers are utilizing them, chilly climate package actually does simply hold getting higher.
Sportful has discovered a reasonably candy stability between heat, breathability, safety from the weather, and weight.
The collar is good a tall, similar to it must be, and the YYK runs simply and easily even with lengthy finger gloves – which makes it straightforward to open up on a climb the place you need to let in a bit extra air.
The problem with all winter jackets is to repel the weather, whereas nonetheless permitting sufficient breathability that you just don’t overheat and drown in your individual sweat. The Complete Consolation jacket tackles these key points with building utilizing two of Polartec’s most modern materials – Neoshell and Alpha Direct.
The Neoshell is used on the surface, it’s windproof, they usually declare “waterproof” as properly, though in my exams I’d name it waterproof as I did expertise some absorption in a heavy rain, even when I wasn’t out lengthy sufficient for it to soak by. The sleeves under the elbows, and the decrease waist part of the physique are handled to make water bead up and easily bounce off – you possibly can see a transparent demo of this in my video.
Inside, the Alpha Direct material is sort of a loosely woven fleece – you possibly can see the massive piles of cloth connected to a mesh liner. This actually helps in moisture switch – permitting warmth to maneuver away extra effectively from the physique and start evaporating as a result of there’s simply extra space contained in the jacket. The kicker is that it’s finished inside the confines of a glossy physique acutely aware design. And it really works. I’ve discovered it to maintain me properly and heat, with out getting as moist as another jackets do from sweat build-up.
The zippered aspect pocket is a pleasant place to maintain keys, playing cards, and occasional money.
The sleeve cuffs and decrease physique are handled to actually repel water – actually.
Complete Consolation Bibtights – $200US
Bibtights – two phrases, when taken individually ought to actually by no means be talked about in the identical sentence as your manliness… however put ’em collectively, recover from your self and also you’ve received one in all fashionable biking’s greatest innovations – stretchy pants that carry a kind of super-hero vibe to the entire MAMIL style.
Sportful’s Complete Consolation bibs are precisely what they declare – completely snug.
Constituted of “heavyweight brushed stretch material with 4-needle stitching”, they’re a pleasant winter weight heat with out being cumbersome. The multi-panel design matches properly within the driving place, and general match was excellent on my dimension Medium testers. Pulling them on there’s the requisite “oh these are too tight” preliminary feeling, however a pair minutes inside they usually all however disappeared from thought, whereas embracing my decrease half in brushed fleecey heat.
Whereas they’re not meant for moist days, (attempt the Fiandre or Fiandre No Rain bibs when it’s moist exterior) the shin and calf are lower from Sportful’s No Rain material which does a good job of repelling water splashed up from under.
The bib straps are a pleasant mesh to permit plenty of air movement (including to the general consolation), and are designed to not roll up, bunch up, or gutter.
In case you continue to haven’t go it, that Complete Consolation theme continues all the way in which to the place your cash lives – because of Sportful’s Complete Consolation seat pad. It makes use of muliti-density foam positioned at strategic factors between you and your saddle, and the pores and skin aspect is a seamless, single piece of very comfortable fleece that feels wonderful, and makes use of dimples to as soon as once more assist moisture switch so that you gained’t over warmth.
The ankles zip into place for a pleasant cosy match underneath, or over, booties.
Bodyfit Professional Lengthy Sleeve Base layer – $75US
My chilly climate biking at all times hinges on how heat I’m, so beginning with the fitting base layer is important. I as soon as squeezed into 7 completely different winter base layers, for a video assessment – however all I actually need is one good one.
I like this Bodyfit Professional lengthy sleeve base layer as a result of it’s so mild (my tester weighed solely 103 grams), but so heat, suddenly. Trendy knitting expertise has additionally introduced massive advances to how these clothes might be made to suit round our uncommon shapes. Consider this a a tube-sock on your torso.
The material itself is ribbed, which varies the thickness of the fabric, and subsequently permits for significantly better moisture switch and breathability than would a uniform thickness. I wore this just a few instances as a single layer underneath the Complete Consolation jacket, and actually appreciated the outcomes – yeah it stored me very snug.
Helmet Liner – $45US
Ah behold the standard biking cap, no chilly climate trip can occur with out it, but few issues scream “personal college lad” louder. Few of us could be caught seen carrying one. Such are the battles we grown males struggle.
Fortunately Sportful’s good design makes selecting this one straightforward. The peaked sleak silhouette matches properly underneath my helmet, fully eliminating the dreaded “Jiffy-Pop” head, because of the entrance half being constituted of GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ which blocks wind & water from the surface, whereas the fleecey inside retains up the heat the place your head meets the chilly – proper in entrance.
The edges are product of ThermoDrytex – a vented material that permits sound by, whereas nonetheless offering somewhat bit of heat. I’ll be getting some extra good put on from this to go along with the great put on I’ve already received from it.
General, that is prime finish package with wonderful element to good decisions of technical materials, intelligent design concepts, and the sort of match and end I anticipate from an Italian model. The Complete Consolation jacket just isn’t low-cost, nor must you anticipate it to be, however an excellent winter jacket can final 5 seasons or extra, so it’s a long run buy.