I was tasked to review the Rivelo Peaslake short sleeve jersey and the Honister bib shorts. I had reviewed some more of Rivelo’s winter kit and so I had high hopes for the kit. I chose a medium and I’m 5ft 11 with a 34 inch waist and it was a great fit. The measurement chart on the website working perfectly.
Again Rivelo really has gone all out on packaging. The boxes are fantastic and it’s clear to see that this company prides itself on their items.
I was a bit reluctant at first on the jersey due to the colour, it’s not my usual choice. How wrong was I. Since wearing the jersey whilst riding with friends, the club and on a sportive people were commenting on it and it is outside the norm of a cycling jersey colour. Having researched the different colours of the jersey I would happily choose this one and it has opened my eyes to different styles.
Quality wise it is incredible. The whole jersey oozes comfort. The grippers work both on the front and the drop down rear. Even the gripper looks great with Rivelo written into it. The rear of the jersey is long and sits very well with the bib shorts. The pockets are deep and swallow up any of the equipment that you stash in them. The zipper pocket is good but I did struggle to get an Iphone6 in there and then get it out without the use of two hands. So if you want easy access for a selfie then place the phone in one of the three pockets.
I tested this jersey at all times of the day. I went for 6am rides with just arm warmers and no jacket and I was comfortably warm. During the warmer climes of the day I was kept comfortable and dry. Plus when it got wet and I wore gillet I was a happy temperature.
Overall this jersey has served me well. It will be kept high on the top of the pile of jerseys I have as I really enjoyed wearing it.
Honister is a name that conjures up some horrible memories of a wet, wild ascent for me. Yet for these Rivelo bibs it brings up memories of a comfortable and stylish pair of shorts. Again I went for a medium and they were perfect. The shoulder straps were flat on the shoulders, didn’t cause an irritation or work down the shoulder like a loose strap. The grippers worked incredibly well and yet these contained the Rivelo name too. The grippers are of a reasonable size too and this shows great thought process in the design phase as some manufacturers have a very small gripper which does work loose.
Everyone needs to have a set of Rivelo kit in their cycling drawer. I rode a sportive recently in mine. I came across a guy who was in an entire Rivelo set including shoe covers, this was in June and 16 degrees! He also rated the Rivelo attire and we spent 5 miles or so comparing notes! For the longer rides this kit will be my go to outfit. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish and great quality.
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Studio Shoot 12th May 2015
Photographed at Lyon Studio
Copyright Malcolm Griffiths