rh+ AirX-Change Kit
hen John Orchard rode the Alpine Pass with Alberto Contador he was sporting a new range of cycle clothing.
rh+ may be the best cycle clothing manufacturer you’ve never heard of, but that's all about to change. In only 10 years they have stormed the Italian market equaling the mighty Castelli in market share. Having spent that time perfecting their product range they feel ready to enter the competitive UK and US markets. They have recently teamed up with fleece manufacturer Polartec to create some of the most technically innovative riding kit around. In the AirX-Change range, rh+ have focused on thermal insulation and breathability. Air X-Change is based on a free exchange of air to enhance breathability and reduce excess moisture and overheating. In terms of quality and price rh+ are obviously targeting this range at the top end of the market, the position currently occupied by Rapha & ASSOS. Tough competition indeed. The ‘build quality’ is excellent on all the garments and after several washes they still look like new. A word on sizing; as with most Italian manufacturers, sizing tends to be smaller than UK manufacturers, so take care. Since receiving this kit I’ve really worked it hard. I’ve ridden it up Italy’s mighty Passo di Gavia, through the rain drenched North Downs of Kent and out for a gentle potter along the coast. So, how did fare?
Cycling World November 2015
rh+ AirX-Change Beta Jersey £169 Styled in Italy (but inevitably made in China) this jersey has quickly become my ‘go-to’ choice for chilly autumn and winter rides. Coupled with a short sleeved merino base layer it was perfect for the ascent of the Gavia at temperatures down to 5 degrees Celsius and back home it took on torrential rain aided only by a humble gilet. Whatever the conditions, this jersey has come up trumps, seeing me return home warm and smiling. rh+ claim this is down to the innovative Polartec ‘Power Dry’ fabric which claims to be fast drying, highly breathable with superior wicking action. I certainly agree with that. This jersey isn’t waterproof but somehow the rain is held away from your skin by the fleece interior keeping you warm and feeling dry. The jersey has a desirable, snug ‘slim-fit’ cut with a forgiving amount of stretch. The jersey has a full length zip, snug neck with zip garage and 3 good size rear pockets which hold their contents firmly in place. rh+ AirX-Change Beta Bibtight £155 Smooth on the outside, fleecy on the inside this bibtight uses Polartec’s Wind Pro fabric which is water and wind resistant as well as being highly breathable. I used these for rides in temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees and was always warm without overheating. The Powerlogic pad proved to be a comfortable treat boasting a variable thickness and density of padding from 2mm where it’s not so important up to 14mm where it is. The ankles are
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