Q36.5 is an extreme vision of the future of competitive cycling clothing
I guess for those that know me, this will come as no surprise I’m a huge fan of Q36.5 and Luigi Bergamo with his “extreme vision of cycle clothing”. Here’s why.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been out riding most days, normally around this time of year I look out the window and loose all motivation. Not this year. Having the right kit has really boosted my confidence and willingness to head out, this morning I left home at 06:45 am in the rain for a 140 kms. This is possibly the first winter in a while where I’ve been happy and eager to ride in almost all conditions (except the ice) thanks to Luigi and his incredible kit. I’ve been using a variety of layers, the Termica bibs and R Shell and the R insulation jackets with the Hybrid Que and finally the Base Layer 4 fully integrated . A layering system that has worked over the last few weeks of zero to ten degrees, wind rain and shine. A certain Swiss brand have been utilising the layering method for years, long before anyone else, no coincidence as Luigi was previously in charge of the R&D department. All of his fabrics and textiles are proprietary, researched, designed and most impressive manufactured in-house in Bolzano. For some reason the U.K. has been slow on the uptake, preferring style over function, design (tenuous) over research, I’ll never understand it.
Summer clothing is a pretty simple thing to do, very few brands get it wrong and as a buyer you generally get what you pay for. You want technical it costs, you want a trendy graphic print, the choice is endless (no pun intended). Some brands do a good choice of hitting both price and design. Australian brand ThePedla, use great factories and textiles and the designs are killer, the reason I like them in particular is unlike a lot of others they’re honest and rightly proud about where and how their products are made giving a nod to the manufacturers on the labels and their website.
Winter kit that performs is an all together different kettle of fish. On a recent trip I got the chance to use my Q36.5 R Shell Protection , a super light weight low volume rain jacket. It started to hammer down, but not cold and we were climbing, I thought I might over heat as I hadn’t used it before. I was the only one in the group who was truly dry, the jacket doesn’t hold onto sweat, heat is regulated and it rolled back up into my jersey pocket when the rain stopped. It just so happens that that leads me on to my next point, jersey pockets. Q36.5 don’t just sew on extra material to create three pockets, the pockets are internal, things fit and they don’t sag, a massive pet hate.
When I first met Luigi back in 2014 I tested some kit on the Stelvio in late September. I was nervous, zero degrees at the top and dry roads which meant a rapid descent. I was nervous because I doubted kit so light and thin could work. I was wrong to doubt, I didn’t hold back and didn’t have to. Someone once said there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad kit. Never a truer word said.
There are some genuinely technical brands out there creating brilliant products and collaborating with great factories but if Q36.5 has somehow passed you by give it go, you wont be disappointed.