Good quality mid-range cycle wear?

by Henwood   February 25, 2014  

Hi everyone!

I am relatively new to the game and have been experimenting with various different clothing brands with mixed success. I'm a bit OCD so I prefer to stick to one brand and match stuff up. Any recommendations for a middle of the road brand that's good quality? I've had success with the upper end of Endura, but for the most part it seems like quite a budget brand (I could well be wrong - correct me if so).

Generally I prefer to spend a bit more on good quality kit, not being one of the 'buy cheap buy twice' brigade, but equally I am faintly horrified by the prices of Rapha and the like!

Any and all suggestions welcome!


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Some Fella wrote:
One word for you - Howies.

And another word Decathlon I use their kit as I am a fat git and need 3xl but (IMO) the quality for the price is good and you can get it to match just not fashionable. But as you may have guessed I don't do fashion

posted by sodit [75 posts]
26th February 2014 - 8:44


Another vote for SVR. Great stuff and lovely people.

Really, though?

posted by workhard [389 posts]
26th February 2014 - 9:20


Sportful (the "cheaper" bit of Castelli) - fits well, looks good and has a large range.

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
26th February 2014 - 9:22


dhb ??

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posted by therevokid [770 posts]
26th February 2014 - 9:32


Another vote for Howies, Sportful and Decathlon ('5' and '7' ranges only - '3' is basic). I've also just got some Pearl Izumi stuff from SportPursuit which fits really nicely, can't vouch for longevity.

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posted by Gizmo_ [958 posts]
26th February 2014 - 9:34



Style, quality and well priced. Can't recommend it highly enough, their stuff is exceptional.

posted by ajmarshal1 [376 posts]
26th February 2014 - 11:52


ajmarshal1 wrote:

Style, quality and well priced. Can't recommend it highly enough, their stuff is exceptional.

Great looking too!

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posted by Miles253 [205 posts]
26th February 2014 - 12:40


I don't remembered Howies being a mid range brand at least certainly not for outdoor clothes and over priced t-shirts but the bike kit bundles are indeed quite good for the money. Failing that I have always gone for Endura.

posted by MKultra [287 posts]
26th February 2014 - 13:42


I love Castelli and I have recently upgraded to there gear but it does burn your fingers a bit. I also have used Morvello for a few years, I would say mid range gear but the quality and style is very good. I also like that it's less popular so you won't see the same kit very often.


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posted by Beefy [174 posts]
26th February 2014 - 15:47


adidas 'Response' product is competitively priced as well.

I would say lots of features and learning must have come out of the work with Team Sky and Team GB.

They also do a couple of ranges above this as well. Eddie Merckx couldn't have been wrong, he used to wear adidas Cool

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posted by dughs [12 posts]
26th February 2014 - 16:07


another vote for Castelli, excellent stuff and if you're patient you can always pick up what you want at half RRP price. I bought their Poggio jacket recently for £80 (instead of RRP £160) and it has become my favourite bit of kit; perfect down to temps of about 4-5C. I would also highly recommend the Castelli Nanoflex bib (tights), again when you see a good offer. As mentioned above, Sportful (owned by the same company as Castelli) make some very good stuff.

posted by Metjas [313 posts]
26th February 2014 - 16:08


therevokid wrote:
dhb ??

Never had any problems with their stuff, I like Howies but mostly when it is on sale

posted by stuartp [64 posts]
26th February 2014 - 18:54


Pearl Izumi I find make decent gear at a good price point, or at least good when in the sales. I use their bib shorts on the summer.

Hard to go wrong with 5 & 7 B'win from Decathlon, wear their bibknickers.

I'm a big fan of Adidas and their Response range is my choice in the colder months.

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posted by S13SFC [103 posts]
26th February 2014 - 20:19


DHB - Wiggle's home brand - is generally all you need.

Pearl Izumi, half owned by Shimano, is lovely quality too and looks a little more distinctive.

Also if you want the higher end of mid-range, don't overlook Craft, a Swedish brand that understands waterproofing a breathability.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [417 posts]
27th February 2014 - 21:35


Pearl Izumi is the dominant mid-range brand in the US.

Shut up legs, you don't get a vote.

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posted by ridein [52 posts]
28th February 2014 - 4:25


You have all been extremely helpful thank you!

Hours of happy internet browsing await!


posted by Henwood [7 posts]
28th February 2014 - 10:07


" I've also just got some Pearl Izumi stuff from SportPursuit which fits really nicely, can't vouch for longevity"

another vote here for Pearl Izumi - stuff I've got is very comfy and looks like new after repeated washes think some is a couple of years old used regular but you wouldn't know it so ticks longevity for me

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posted by antigee [174 posts]
28th February 2014 - 10:22


I think half the fun is getting kit. I started with DHB and Endura stuff. Great kit. I pretty much now wear the same stuff all the time - Assos Shorts, Gabba jersey, Helly Hanson base layers. I have just bought some Showers Pass water proof trousers for everyday commuting and they are really good. Good kit means you ride. Simple as that.

posted by dunnoh [177 posts]
28th February 2014 - 23:22


I bought a pearl izumi jersey new in 2006 and it's still going strong. I think the message is one of taking care of kit rather than brand.

posted by GREGJONES [142 posts]
28th February 2014 - 23:35


+1 on Pearl Izumi and Castelli...both score well for me on fit and comfort. I prefer the Castelli chamois a little more though, especially on longer rides. Be careful on the sizing of Castelli though, they run small.


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posted by rnarito [34 posts]
1st March 2014 - 13:57


check out Torm jerseys.

posted by Scoob_84 [233 posts]
1st March 2014 - 16:06


+1 for Torm

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [310 posts]
1st March 2014 - 18:29


I have Castelli and Shutt kit - good performance and quality and worth paying a bit more for durability, good fabrics and good cut.

For me I would say it's about finding a range or two that fits you and stick with it. I've found it to be quite a long process with a lot of mis-steps.

For instance the Shutt sportswool jerseys are lovely and fit like a glove but I couldn't get shorts and tights that work for me (straps too short).

Castelli cut is perfect for me (L up top, XL down below for the length) and the pads are very comfy. I've had a lot of expensive shorts with uncomfortable pads: used to think it was my saddle until I got the Castellis.

Shutt regularly have good offers and the same with Castelli (I've never paid full price), plus they have a very good loyalty scheme.

posted by Pauldmorgan [186 posts]
1st March 2014 - 23:08


I've never really looked into pearl Izumi, thanks for pointing it out guys

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posted by Miles253 [205 posts]
1st March 2014 - 23:59


Castelli, Rapha and Assos mainly for me here, and a healthy amount of small brand kit done on champion systems.
They're expensive yes, but worth it, and a bit of hunting in sales can save you a healthy amount at time, and it's way better than the mid range kit.
Some things will never hit the sales, stuff like a Gabba etc

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posted by glynr36 [508 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 0:18


Definitely check out Primal ( Zips can be a bit of a nuisance (more than usable and seem to be getting better year-on-year, mind), but other than that the quality is awesome.

They usually have a load of stuff - some dodgy designs I hasten to add - in their outlet for ridiculously cheap, so might be worth having a look to test the waters for quality.

Their Evo Corsa bibs are incredible. Better than Assos, Rapha in my opinion, and half the price.

posted by MPMax [9 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 16:40


Torm jerseys are great,

DHB are a sure bet and excellent value. I've got stuff by castelli, rapha, pearl izumi, and whole load of other brands but if I had to start again it's torm and DHB that I'd buy.

posted by GREGJONES [142 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 17:29


dhb gets my vote too

posted by Welsh boy [160 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 19:27


I'd recommend Mavic gear. I've got their shoes, bib shorts, bib longs, long sleeve and short jerseys and various jackets. Build quality is always top notch, always got them at heavy discounts and fit is great. I'm 5'8 with a 37.5" chest and their UK Small/International Medium size always does me well.

posted by Luv2ride [5 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 19:42


The Gore stuff is excellent and can be found cheap enough in the sales.

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 20:40