Kalf’s Spring Summer 2017 range comprises of three collections: Flux, Club and Terra. Each is intended to fulfill the needs of different riders, so which will work best for you?
Terra is designed for those riders who like to keep going when the tarmac ends, exploring the paths and tracks that other riders would pass by or use as a reason to turn back. Both men’s and women’s jerseys are made from MAPP merino to keep you comfortable whatever the conditions, while the short has a loose fit and discreet pockets to carry those essentials you always need to hand.
The Club collection is made for the rider who wants to feel comfortable no matter how long the ride. The Kalf Club rider is always looking to push the distance, so we designed the chamois in the Club shorts to provide the perfect interface between the saddle and rider, keeping the blood pumping just as efficiently as your legs.
The word flux means “the action of movement or flow” and the Flux range is all about movement, flow and keeping you in harmony with your bike. These are garments that have been painstakingly designed to fit close to body, helping you to cut through the wind while supporting your muscles through the force of the pedal stroke. No detail has been overlooked!
“The first thing that I noticed about the Kalf Jersey was the race cut. It’s immediately obvious that this kit is designed for the sport-oriented rider who has an athletic build. A full length zip is always a benefit especially on hotter days, and the minimalist finish certainly adds to the expensive feel.
The most noticeable feature of the shorts has to be the padding. With a precise cut and a comfortable thigh length, the chamois proved to be very much on a par with some shorts costing more than twice the price. I’d say they’re worth every penny.”
“I loved the fit of the jersey. Some race-fit jerseys can be super tight and almost restrictive, however this jersey was a small and it fitted like a small should – just right. The material is lightweight and the arms are the perfect length with a good gripper. There is plenty of depth to the pockets and they’re easy to access on the move.
“The shorts are fantastic with a good length to the leg, non-restrictive gripper and a comfortable, compression fit. The pad is where the real magic happens – it provides fantastic support and comfort without feeling like a big pad.
“The Transition jersey is awesome. It’s super thin and fits like a race jersey, with long coverage on the arms to make sure no gaps appear when using arm warmers. It provides loads of protection across the front of your chest, but having a lighter, breathable back means you don’t overheat when you put some effort in. It’s a fantastic jersey for cooler mornings or spring time, without the bulk of a thick jacket.”
“I was excited but also sceptical when I was first asked to test the new Kalf kit on a Mediterranean riding trip. How would this brand be different? How would it stand out? Would it be for me?
“It didn’t take long for any doubts to be cast aside. From the moment we unpacked the samples, I just wanted to ride in the stuff.
“Yes, there’s pink, but rather than it being the default colour for a couple of tokenistic women’s garments, it’s found across the whole range (and both genders) and I think that really injects life into the collection, particularly when contrasted with matte, dark blues, greys and blacks.
“While I was pretty smitten with the style and fit of the road range, my favourite piece had to be the slightly looser fitting Terra jersey in dark heather grey. You know straight away it’s the kind of feel-good top that will look as good on an off-road training ride as it will on your rest day.”