Back in 2014, sportswear giants Adidas launched a premium cycling line in the ‘Specialty Sports’ arm of their business. It has since graced the high profile shoulders of British Cycling and the Brownlees. But the question is, can this range compete with well-known cycle-specific brands?
Well, in the case of this Climachill jersey there’s plenty to like. Aluminium dots around the upper back area aim to cool down the skin and conduct heat away from the body, and on a long and hot ride the cooling properties go to work. Whether miniscule metal dots are the reason for this is questionable, but gimmick or not we were noticeably less sweaty in the Climachill than in similarly-priced jerseys with no specific cooling features. This can also be attributed to the fact that the jersey is simply thinner than most, but on the basis of our experience riding in the jersey, it appears to work.
The jersey is well-crafted with a robust zipper, which includes a flap to stop it from rubbing. We liked the mesh-like fabric against the skin, and the jersey feels high quality. The Climachill also looks the part, with a funnelled neck and simple, understated design.
It’s made out of fairly standard polyester doubleknit, but it feels like cotton.
We did notice some slight rubbing under the arms at the end of our ride, but there was no significant chafing to report.
Great cooling properties at a competitive price point.
Contact : www.adidasspecialitysports.co.uk