The Café du Cycliste 2015 Spring/Summer collection is here. New for this year is their range topping Louise jersey - a merino, silk and man-made-fibre blend: "The proprietary fabric is ultra fine and very lightweight and additional ventilation and temperature control is provided by open mesh sections on both the back and the sides. The silk combines with the merino to ensure unrivalled warm weather performance but uniquely, its natural insulating properties also provides extra protection and warmth on fast, cold descents of if the temperature suddenly starts to drop." The Café du Cycliste merino range is extended this year and I can vouch for the quality - my Violette jersey is still going strong from last season and is my go-to jersey for a long ride on a warm day. The best thing about their jerseys is the fit - snug around the chest and long enough in the back - without the sag that can result from loaded pockets in merino knits. This year there are also some nice updates to their city range and accessories such as caps, socks and bidons too. Overall it's looking nice for summer, although probably not quite as nice as the Cote d'Azur where the team behind the brand are based. I'll be waiting for an invite... See more over at Café du Cycliste.
Has anyone perused the latest Isadore Apparel spring/summer collection? A side project of Martin Velits, Isadore Apparel create cycling clothing focusing on clean designs and sustainable manufacturing. Their jerseys are made in Slovakia from mainly merino blends and receive consistently good reviews for fit, comfort and durability. For colder days there is this 285gsm fabric, with understated details like elbow patches and neon transfer decals. Their 100% merino baselayer looks particularly good value at 60 euros, while their Teflon coated tights could be an interesting option for those cold, wet days that can catch you out in April.