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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!

Cheers

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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One word for you - Howies.

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Jimmy Ray Will [483 posts] 2 years ago
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Whats your budget? i.e. what are you willing to pay for a pair of cycling shorts?

Two brands I'm happy to push are Chapeau and Primal... both are pushing out quality products at reasonable (if not exactly budget) price points.

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KiwiMike [1223 posts] 2 years ago
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I did exactly this last winter. Settled on Shutt Velo Rapide. Very happy. Have loved in the 3/4 knicks and Roubaix tights all winter, the Performance jacket too. The SS and LS smartwool tops are great, as are the Yorkshire tweed caps and the signature buffs. Now migrating into the gilet as it warms up.

Love the fact that a lot of it's made in the UK, Pete and Lauren are in a farm shed in Oxfordshire, and the kit is tastefully understated while not being Raphaesque.

Just be aware they size for the 'UK sportive gent' average, definitely not the euro whippet. Their returns policy is second to none and you can visit to try stuff on.

Have a gander : http://shuttvr.com

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Henwood [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

One word for you - Howies.

Cool, thanks - someone else mentioned them to me too, so will check them out.

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Henwood [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Whats your budget? i.e. what are you willing to pay for a pair of cycling shorts?

To be honest, I don't really know. I've got some Endura tights which are OK - think they were about £50 odd. Most decent thing I own is Endura FS260 Jetstream III jersey which is brilliant - paid about £65 for that.

This is largely the problem - because I don't know what brands are associated with quality I don't really know what's a low/mid/high price to pay for anything!

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Henwood [5 posts] 2 years ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

Have a gander : http://shuttvr.com

Thanks very much - will do.

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sodit [92 posts] 2 years ago
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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

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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Another vote for SVR. Great stuff and lovely people.

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mooleur [537 posts] 2 years ago
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Sportful (the "cheaper" bit of Castelli) - fits well, looks good and has a large range.

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therevokid [953 posts] 2 years ago
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dhb ??

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jollygoodvelo [1466 posts] 2 years ago
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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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ajmarshal1 [414 posts] 2 years ago
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Morvelo.

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

http://www.morvelo.com/

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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ajmarshal1 wrote:

Morvelo.

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

http://www.morvelo.com/

Great looking too!

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Beefy [379 posts] 2 years ago
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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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dughs [15 posts] 2 years ago
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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  16

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Metjas [362 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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stuartp [68 posts] 2 years ago
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therevokid wrote:

dhb ??

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

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S13SFC [134 posts] 2 years ago
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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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matthewn5 [809 posts] 2 years ago
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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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ridein [156 posts] 2 years ago
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Pearl Izumi is the dominant mid-range brand in the US.

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Henwood [5 posts] 2 years ago
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You have all been extremely helpful thank you!

Hours of happy internet browsing await!

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antigee [346 posts] 2 years ago
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" 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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dunnoh [199 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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GREGJONES [287 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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rnarito [46 posts] 2 years ago
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+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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Scoob_84 [381 posts] 2 years ago
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check out Torm jerseys.

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Jack Osbourne snr [459 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 for Torm

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Pauldmorgan [228 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I've never really looked into pearl Izumi, thanks for pointing it out guys

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