Isadore, better known for its stylish high-end bike kit, has introduced a new Alternative line that is made completely from recycled materials, including the chamois pad.
Alternative Soul Sushi Jersey
The Soul Sushi jersey is a lightweight summer design with a closed fabric used on the front and rear, and highly meshed flanks to the main body.
Neat, flat seams and laser-cut ends are great to see, as is the neatly garaged full-zip that’s chunkier than some. The hem is detailed with a reflective strip and the traditional three rear pockets are neatly-stitched to reinforce them.
The materials are also manufactured in a low environmental impact production facility. The jersey is treated with the HeiQ process, which eliminates odours.
The jersey is silky to the touch and summer-friendly light in weight. It’s certainly not what you’d expect if someone said ‘recycled’ fabric. The quality of the finish from seams to zips to the laser-cut edging all screams quality and, on the road, the jersey is a firm favourite for warmer rides.
Alternative Bib Shorts
The matching Alternative bibs use two fabrics in the leg construction. On the inner panels it’s a more compressive fabric, which feels supportive when worn.
The forward-facing thigh panels are open weave, providing breathability. This fabric extends up onto the flanks of your midriff blending into broad straps, which use an open breathable weave that continues through the Y-shaped back.
The legs are laser cut and use an imprinted fine-dot pattern as leg grippers, which despite being minimal offers a tenacious grip.
Inside, the Isadore-designed Elastic-Interface pad is also made from recycled material. Isadore hasn’t skimped on padding: the 3D pad has five multi-density layers and is one of the better endurance style pads I’ve used.
At £135 the shorts aren’t cheap but I’d put them with shorts double the price.
- Jersey: £125 / $165 / €135
- Bib Shorts: £135 / $180 / €150