Renown for their inimitable style, attention to detail and fit, Alé has also become increasingly more environmentally conscious, as evidenced by the Italian brand’s new PRR Graphics Green collection, which comprises fabrics culled from recycled materials.
Indeed, according to Alé, the collection is made from 90% certified recycled fabrics. Even the chamois pad is made from low-impact, eco-friendly materials.
Yet, while Saving the Planet is a noble cause for any company, performance is paramount when it comes to cycling apparel. And, Alé wins on both accounts here with its PRR Graphics Green jersey and bibshorts.
The jersey itself has an almost woven appearance, yet the feel is definitely consistent with what one would expect from traditional, premium Italian fabrics. Ditto for the bibshorts, which rely on Alé’s own, in-house made chamois pad.
Key features that highlight the jersey are close-cut sleeves with a die-cut finish, Alé’s J Stability system, a stretch gripper that gives the perfect fit as the rider adopts a lower and more aggressive position, a YKK full-zipper, reflective details on the back and UPF50+ protection.
For the bibshorts, a recycled fabric called Denali Green is used, which offers multi-directional stretch for excellent pedaling flexibility while also giving a lightly compressive race-focused fit.
The bibshorts also incorporate the material, Kimball Green, a recycled high-stretch mesh that keeps the rider’s core temperature well ventilated.
Inside, there’s Ale’s 4H Green chamois that utilizes recycled polyamide to create a high-density open-cell foam pad (100 g/m², thickness: 12 mm) that’s designed provide support to key contact points, while perforation holes give a significant boost to ventilation and breathability. There’s also Alé’s LG Stability System that ensures excellent leg-gripping comfort.
So how did the garments performance?
Like all Alé apparel, the fit is aimed at the enthusiast/racer, providing a tight contour that’s aimed at reducing the rider’s aerodynamic signature thanks the brand’s Body Mapping technology, while plenty of ventilation throughout the jersey and upper bibshorts ensures excellent breathability.
That said, out on the road, the jersey proved to be an ideal choice for comfort and coolness, especially on days when the mercury really spiked.
As for the bibshorts, few will argue that the chamois pad is the most critical feature for those long days in the saddle. The bottom line, there were no Princess and the Pea woes happening here.
If you’re looking for some stylish cycling togs that are designed with performance in mind, which also give a nod to environmental sustainability, look no further than Alé’s PRR Graphics Green collection.
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