Italian clothing brand Q36.5, founded by Luigi Bergamo who used to work at Assos, has today unveiled its brand new line of Cruise Equipment clothing aimed at dealing with the tricky demands of autumn and winter cycling. They tell us it’s ideal for UK conditions so that makes us interested as we’re always looking for better clothing that can keep us warm and dry without turning into a sweaty mess.
The Cruise Equipment collection is inspired by the fashion world. During the beginning of the 20th Century, designers created clothing for wealthy people who wanted to take a cruise through mild climates in the winter season so needed versatile clothing that could cope with any sort of weather.
The parallel with cycling is the fact that many cyclists regularly make winter trips to destinations like Mallorca and Lanzarote, where the weather can be unpredictable, and you need clothing that will insulate and protect you through variable weather. Reflective details have been added as well to ensure good visibility during lowlight conditions. Closer to home the weather can throw up all four seasons in one day and choosing what to wear can be nigh-on impossible.
So you need versatile and adaptable clothing, and that is what Q36.5 has created. The company develops all its own fabrics, nothing is off-the-shelf, and it works closely with local manufacturers to produce cutting-edge material that meets its particular requirements. The new Cruise Equipment line uses fabrics that combine synthetic and natural fibres to meet the demands of high-intensity riding and training.
“For this line we have developed a woven blend of polyamide and merino wool, an innovative combination of synthetic and natural yarns with a specific construction that enhances functionality by creating a push & pull of the internal sponge structure that removes the moisture and leaves the skin less clammy: all this with the incredible light weight of 175 gr/m^2! The fabric has been given a durable water repellent finishing to allow proper thermal comfort during interval training under any weather conditions,” explains Q36.5 founder and designer Luigi Bergamo.
The company has enlisted of help of ex-pro Mario Kummer to put the new Cruise Equipment through its paces, and he sounds impressed. “I tested the Cruise Equipment line during my spring training camps in Mallorca and on the Baltic Sea coast. These pieces offered me the perfect protection as the temperatures in both places were quite low and a cold wind was blowing most of the time. While wearing the Cruise Equipment, I had no issues with the weather and felt properly protected and comfortable in these less than perfect conditions. The combination of natural merino wool and synthetic fibres kept me warm and there was no moisture build up so my skin always felt dry.”
We’ll have a more details close look at the new clothing next week because they’re sending a few samples our way for review. More at www.q36-5.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.