GEARED UP: READY FOR RIDING SEASON

June 01, 2014

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Read the original article here: Adventure Cyclist Magazine – June 2014

There aren’t a lot of pieces that are worth throwing in the bag any day of the year in Montana’s “if you don’t like it, wait five minutes” weather. But after a few months with two long sleeve jerseys from U.S. manufacturer Road Holland, I might’ve found a pair of full-zip magic bullets. The Florida-based company’s subtle style and high-quality materials provide a more wallet-friendly, domestic answer to Rapha’s high-style cyclewear and its European coffee shop flair.

The Maastricht is a lightweight polymesh designed to provide the “protection of long sleeves but the comfort of short sleeves.” A tough needle to thread, but the Maastricht proved itself to be a go-to jersey alone or as a base layer depending on temperatures from the low 30s all the way up into the mid-70s (the max a Montana spring was willing to serve up for testing). The fit is athletic but not racy and the two rear pockets were smartly sized to accommodate another layer or shell. Plus, a zippered smartphone pocket made retrieving a phone for a picture quick and contortion-less.

The heavier weight Edam comes with the same subdued styling — even in the eye-catching “royal orange” version — but mixes in merino wool with polyester to help manage moisture, odor, and temperature. I wore the Edam alone and with both short and long-sleeved jerseys under it and found the fit to be perfect in any application. Plus, the thicker fabric and slightly roomier cut than its lighter weight cousin made for a look that worked well sidled up the bar with little more than the reflective stripe and pockets to give away its intended purpose.

All Road Holland jerseys feature thoughtful features like reflective piping and the aforementioned zippered smartphone pocket while managing to retain a certain je ne sais quois that doesn’t scream “cyclist” when transitioning from saddle to office chair or bar stool. Plus, everything is made in the U.S. and while quickly growing, the company’s small size means you’re likely to receive top notch customer service from one of the owners themselves should the need arise.

–ALEX STRICKLAND



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