I’ve long been a fan of Sombrio and have been wearing their clothing since I first discovered them in the bike shop in Glentress long before the new visitor center opened. They were one of the first brands to provide high performance riding apparel for women that wasn’t tight fitting and their shorts have always been that little bit longer than other brands.
I’ve been wearing the Marimba jacket since it arrived in March and I love it, it’s nice enough to wear both on and off the trails. It’s windproof and also has a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to prevent it from becoming saturated with water and I’ve worn it on trail rides throughout the spring without becoming over-heated. I put this jacket to the full test on a muddy day at Bikepark Brandnertal and it kept me clean and dry underneath, a wash down with the hose and a rinse through the washing machine and thankfully it was looking as good as new. The design on this and the Pedigree jersey is a lovely floral print.
The Pedigree jersey is a really nice breathable riding jersey. The fabric is soft and silky with a comfy loose fit. Personally I prefer 3/4 sleeve jerseys as they take me from trail rides to downhill days and the fit is loose enough to fit my elbow pads underneath, so a perfect jersey for me. Here’s a customer review of the Pedigree jersey…
The V’al shorts are Sombrio’s best seller but I decided to put the Summit shorts to the test. I went for the black but they also come in royal plum too. These shorts are a light weight summer short and like the Marimba jacket they also have a DWR coating. The inseam is 13″ so long enough to reach my knees. There are 2 front zip pockets one of which also has a lift pass holder, ideal for summer trips to the mountains and a rear zip and flap pocket. The Velcro adjusters on the waist are ideal when you need to make adjustments for body armour. I also liked the small detail of the shaped side hem.
The Lily gloves bring a little bit of fun to your ride with the mustache and lips silicon grips on the braking fingers. These gloves have no gel pads and with the seamless palms you can easily forget you’re even wearing gloves. I really liked the cuff-less design.
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