We’ve just come back from a visit to the UK base of the new Assos Factory Outlet, and taken a look round its extensive warehousing to check out just what Assos has on offer and get the lowdown on the savings on some of the finest cycling kit available.
While Assos is renowned for its constant R&D development on cycling clothing, that doesn’t change the fact that some of its less recent pieces are still at the pinnacle of high performance kit.
Being UK based doesn’t mean that the savings available are just for UK riders either. Assos Factory Outlet ships worldwide, and providing you spend over £100 (US$156 / AU$202 at time of writing), that shipping comes free too. (And believe us, it’d be easy to spend a lot more than that in this Aladdin’s cave of great gear.)
It’s unlikely you’ll have difficulty hitting the £100 free international delivery threshold:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
It’s unlikely you’ll have difficulty hitting the £100 free international delivery threshold
Head honcho of the Factory Outlet Kevin Griffiths told BikeRadar: ‘We have plenty of customers who have long-time favourites from the Assos range, and now these aren’t readily available through the usual stores they’re sourcing them from us with decent discounts too.’ In fact, the popularity of some of the range has been so great that Assos has actually remanufactured older pieces to meet demand.
If you’re worried that a factory outlet means limited (or odd sizes) and garish hues you wouldn’t be seen dead out on the road with, you can put your fears at rest. We saw huge size ranges, plenty of popular colourways and some real surprises. There was also a massive range of women’s-specific kit, far more that you’ll usually find within in-store ranges.
With new lines being introduced throughout the year, the Assos outlet has fast become a bookmarked site for us.
Here’s our pick of the vast range on offer – and check the gallery above for more gear images and shots from inside the factory outlet.
The S5 is a four-star rated short from us at BikeRadar. The high-spandex content of the fabric gives an almost compression-like fit, and the golf-ball textured pad remains one of the best we tried. When launched this was one of the first £200+ bib shorts around.
Just because they’re from the factory outlet doesn’t mean you don’t get the full assos packaging treatment, so a washbag, chamois cream, and washing detergent are included:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
Just because they’re from the factory outlet doesn’t mean you don’t get the full Assos packaging treatment
This is certainly not your average gilt. It’s made of six different fabrics and 13 separate pieces and is absolutely form-fitting, so no more flappy fabrics when heading downhill. The fabric inner is lightly fleeced, making this a great top layer on cool dry days.
The ig.falkenzahn is not your ordinary gilet – its form fitting multi-fabric design is still one of the best around:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The iG.FalkenZahn is no ordinary gilet – its form fitting multi-fabric design is still one of the best
A three-quarter bib that shares the same supreme pad as the S5 short. The full back is meshed to aid breathability and high-compression spandex infused panels help your muscles stay warm and flexible on chillier rides. Another top-rated BikeRadar product, this scored 4/5 when they were tested at the full £173.99 price tag.
The tk.434.1 s5s are a fully featured spring/autumn item:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The tK.434.1 S5s are a fully featured spring/autumn item
The Mille S5 short is a nailed-on classic. When we tested back in 2011, it scored a full complement of five stars. In fact we couldn’t find anything to fault with the Mille, apart from its then £170 price tag. It can now be had for over £40 less, which allays our reservations from the original test.
The s5 shorts remain a favourite among our testers:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The S5s remain a favourite among our testers
SS Corporate S7 jersey £103.99 / US$TBC / AU$TBC (21 percent off)
The S7 corporate jersey was nicknamed the ‘six-pack’ thanks to its black barred front design.
The corporate jersey comes in five different colour versions:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The corporate jersey comes in five different colour versions
iJ Equipe Suisse jersey £124.58 / US150.27 / AU$196.72 (31 percent off)
The Equipe jersey has been a longstanding part of the Assos range, with the long-sleeve version usually priced at a shade under £180. It’s packed with great features: the material is UV rated to 50+, there’s a full zip, three structured rear pockets (and a zipped security pocket), plus hi-vis detailing – and we love the Swiss federation design on this one.
The equipe jersey is available in plenty of ‘federation’ options – we like the swiss version:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
Sitting between a long sleeve jersey and a full-on jacket, the Intermediate S7 is another form-fitting top. It’s designed to stay snug when in a riding position and features a multitude of fabrics including a full air-block front and a membrane fabric so it has some water resistance. The body fabric is also temperature sensitive so it opens up as you warm up so you won’t overheat.
The s7 is surprisingly good in the rain, even with its minimal bulk:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The S7 jersey/jacket is surprisingly good in the rain, even with its minimal bulk
The Skinfoil baselayer was designed to work with the Intermediate – its spring weight puts more emphasis on warmth, but is still designed to work in temperatures up to around 25ºC/77F (that’s pretty warm in our book). Its seamless tubular construction makes for a second-skin fit – this is one of our top baselayers of all time, and it’s available in seven options for different temperature ranges.
The tubular construction of the skinfoil means no irritating seams on the torso:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
The Skinfoil’s tubular construction means no irritating seams on the torso
The Six Day presentation pack is perfect gift fodder. There’s a top-grade Assos jersey made from lightweight high-wicking Plasma fabric; also included in the presentation box is a pair of matching socks and a cotton cap. At nigh-on half price now its one of the only Assos bits of kit we’d describe as a genuine bargain.
The six-day gift pack is now nigh-on half price:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
Proper cold weather riding comfort from this super close fitting under-helmet wear. The insulated super soft RXQ fabric is double skinned around your ears, features loops to secure your glasses (as your ears are covered) and even has reflective detailing on the rear.
The under-helmet robocap completely covers your ears:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
Assos’s under-helmet Robocap completely covers your ears
Summer cap UNO £12.59 / US$15.18 / AU$19.88 (31 percent off)
Classic 100 percent cotton summer cap with the added addition of a sweat absorbing elasticated band around its circumference.
Even the simple cotton cap gets a decent discount:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media
High-elastane content close fitting gloves with light insulation for temperatures around 8ºC/46ºF. The palms feature a full silicone print (spiralling out from a big Assos logo) to provide plenty of grip even in wet conditions.
Chill proofing lightweight gloves…:Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media