Veleco Re:Cycle Softshell Cycling Jacket - First look

Eco-friendly softshell for commuting by bike

Veleco are a brand based in Brighton, UK, claiming to be the world's first Fairtrade and eco-friendly cyclewear company. For every garment they produce they pay a 15 percent Fairtrade premium, to support health and welfare projects for their workers in Pakistan.

BikeRadar recently receieved a sample of their latest commuting jacket. At first, the Re:Cycle softshell looks ordinary, but it has an intriguing past. Made from 100 percent recycled polyester, the jacket was once nothing more than 12 plastic bottles.

The material is both water resistant and windproof courtesy of a Nikwax treatment, and features reflective piping and detailing throughout. A nice touch is the back pocket, which pulls out to reveal a reflective panel - something that can be zipped away should you want to look more casual.

A single chest pouch and two side pockets provide ample storage, each with their own zip closure. The Re:Cycle jacket is available in sizes XXS-XXL and will set you back £75.

We will be running a full review of the Re:Cycle jacket on BikeRadar in the next few weeks, so check back soon. For more information see the Veleco website.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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