Around the Surrey hills we have recently seen the emergence of a new brand in cycling clothing. Bold patterns, clean lines and eye-catching designs have been glimpsed in amongst the Castelli and Rapha clad masses at coffee tables across the county. But you’ll perhaps be surprised to here that this kit isn’t from a country that you would usually associate with road cycling.
The country is Sweden and the brand is VOID Cycling.
With their first collection launched in 2013, Vision Of Infinity Defined (VOID) have steadily grown and now include both mens and womens lines featuring a wide variety of garments, from jerseys and bib shorts to jackets and crews.
Now its always nice to get new kit in the post but its even better if said kit arrives in cool packaging as is the case with VOID. Each piece of kit coming in its own drawstring bag meant that impressions and expectations were high, and I’m pleased to say these expectations were matched completely by the performance of the kit.
Lets start with the ‘Limited’ jersey which comes in black with white pinstripes, or in burgundy stripes and is made from 100% polyster with mesh panels to regulate body temperature and aid breathability. Described as having a race fit it certainly meets this claim, tight fitting, slick and aero and yet still maintaining supreme comfort. The jersey is extremely high quality and feels great on, the three pockets at the back are spacious and do not sag when loaded, and better still the concealed zip pocket is perfect for storing valuables. The heritage detailing at the top of the zip offering a splash of colour is a great design touch and synonymous with the VOID brand.
Whilst out riding in the great summer weather we had (no really!) it lived up to its design credentials and matched it with great performance. Lightweight and well fitted I spent hours wearing this jersey and was always comfortable thanks to the great wicking away of sweat and the precision cut. A silicon gripper at the bottom of the jersey kept it from riding up, whilst the cuffs on the sleeves held them in place, felt very comfortable and kept the tanlines in order.
Moving on to the bib shorts, which are their second-generation iteration, these are available in black and offer a very stealthy look. The black on black detailing on the short cuffs is very minimalist but very smart and the interior silicone print gripper of the shorts ensure that they stay in place, don’t ride up and as with the jersey keep the tan lines looking sharp. The bib element is a mesh material and helps aid breathability, a fact I was very thankful for on a few of the hotter rides I went on. These bib shorts have been put through their paces on all manner of rides, 10 milers to 50 and above and they have never felt anything but supremely comfortable with the Italian made La Fonte chamois impressing greatly. Made with a European fabric, that is not only moisture wicking but quick drying, these bib shorts are an ideal choice for anyone looking for a super stylish yet high performing bib short without completely breaking the bank.
The pricing of this kit is getting on towards the higher end of the market, though in my opinion given that VOID cycling sits comfortably alongside other more well established higher end brands, perhaps even out performing them, it is a price worth paying to have a special piece of kit in your wardrobe.
Sweden may not be synonymous with cycling but VOID certainly should be. This is without a doubt my favourite cycling kit at the moment and one I seem to find myself reaching for even as the temperature drops and leans itself to more longer sleeved autumnal/ winter apparel, but I don’t mind being chilly if it feels this good.
Please note review originally published Summer 2016