- Kitsbow – offroad Rapha or allowed?
Not used Kitsbow but have a couple of things from 7mesh (ex-Arcteryx crowd) which is similar level. Whilst undoubtedly expensive I’ve found their stuff fits well, is well made, seems to be standing up to abuse and is very well thought out. For example pockets on the shorts to put your phone in are positioned so that you don’t notice your phone is there whilst riding, unlike my Endura ones where it causes the short to go tight on every pedal stroke. Small stuff. The materials used seem to be that bit better as well. Whether its worth it is up to you, to me it is.Posted 2 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
BigDummy – Member
I had forgotten about 7mesh.
Wiggle had/have some half price 7-mesh stuff. I got a longsleeve baggy-style jersey, it’s really nice, made of a sort of water/dirt ressitant fabric. Enormously pleased with it, would never have paid full whack though.Posted 2 years agolawman91Subscriber
Kitsbow is very nice kit, although I’m a devout 7Mesh fan these days, for Shorts, Jerseys, Jackets etc I won’t use anything else now. I’ve several jerseys, 3 pairs of shorts and their strategy jacket which are very good, fit is ace, materials are robust and top quality and they just work. Particularly like the Strategy jacket, Glidepath short and Desperado Henley, I’ll be using them for years to come and they feel like they’ll last an age to, unlike the Fox kit I used to wear which was usually only good for the bin after 12-18 months. I’ll be topping up my 7Mesh wardrobe in the next few weeks ready for winter, some of their roadie gear and a few thermal bits and bobs, it’s a real shame they don’t do base layers, socks, gloves etc as I’d be sure to get them, given how good the rest of the range is. Expensive yes, but very much like Exposure Lights I think the premium is well worth it for the performance and durability you get, you only have to read all the reviews and listen to user feedback to see that.Posted 2 years agoLATSubscriber
I met a chap in a supermarket wearing head to toe kitsbow. I asked him how he was getting on with it. He loved it apparently though he said he felt guilty about wearing the nicest clothes he owned to ride a bicycle.
The prices are high, but I imagine the quality is too. 7mesh seem less concerned with image than their products.
Personally, I like to be able to try clothes on before I buy them. Though returning is always possible, if time consuming.Posted 2 years ago
Wandering back to this…
I bought some Origin AM shorts,ventilated AM shorts, mesh trail boxers and (ludicrously) the Icon shirt.
The shorts are a bit marginal with bulky pads, but are beautifully cut and very comfortable. Boxers are very comfortable. The Icon is my new favourite garment. It is wonderful.
Overall, very happy chap. Will buy more unless it all (unexpectedly) falls to bits over a few months…
Posted 1 year agomikewsmithMember
Shame it doesn’t match the bike 😉 Will take a look next time I’m feeling flush, going through my kit the Morvelo and Rahpa stuff is lasting will for MTB and road respectively and was the stuff that made the air freight back from Oz. There is something nice about wearing nicely put together kit that is well made and thought outPosted 1 year ago
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