Cycling is without doubt an expensive sport. It can be easy to become sucked into spending on the latest kit or gadget which promises to improve your performance. However if you are just starting out or don’t have cash to splash, there are some more affordable options available.
Boardman Bikes were acquired by Halfords in 2014 and have since focused on producing entry-level kit and bikes which take inspiration from professional riders. Their capsule range for summer starts at just £30 for shorts and jerseys. The collection is designed to complement their bike colourways- if you are a fan of colour co-ordinating your kit with your bike, then Boardman cycling is well worth a look. I’ve been out riding in a jersey and shorts from the range this summer, here’s how I got on…
Boardman Women’s Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey- Geo
For kit at the lower end of the price spectrum, this jersey doesn’t skimp on any details. The rear pockets are a decent size with one zipped pocket for security. A full-length zip is a nice touch as are the reflective details. The jersey is constructed in Qwick-Dri fabric which draws away moisture, keeping you cool and comfortable on the bike. The hem is trimmed with silicone to keep it in position up as you pedal.
The collar is lined in a pop of coral with a geometric flash across the sleeve, back and chest. I like my cycling kit to be bright, so the navy colourway of this jersey is more subtle than I’d usually choose. The fit is described as relaxed and comfortable, however I found it more snug around the waist than my other cycling jerseys.
Boardman Women’s Limited Edition Cycle Shorts- Black
These shorts perfectly complement the jersey with a band of matching geometric print at the hem. The waistband is lined in the same coral shade and the shorts have several reflective strips and logos.
The shorts are a good length, falling at mid-thigh. The high-density female specific chamois pad is stiffer than you would find in a higher-end pair of shorts. It’s comfortable enough on shorter rides, but I’m not sure how well it would fare on longer distance cycling. The fabric is opaque and doesn’t turn see-through when leaning forwards over the bike (so I’m told by my riding buddies)!
I usually prefer bibs as they give a smoother, more streamlined appearance. However, Boardman range only includes waist shorts for this season. I did find the waistband slightly restrictive and unflattering- I’m a little conscious of how I look in this combination of shorts and jersey.
I also received a packable cycle jacket, but fortunately the weather has been too good to need any waterproofs. I’ll be keeping it on stand-by for when the weather begins to turn. I would like to have seen more accessories to complement the range, such as caps, gloves and socks with the geometric print.
Overall, these are good value pieces for leisure riding and training. Check out the full range of Halford cycling kit here
I received these products free of charge for review but all opinions are my own.
Have you tried any Boardman kit? Do you like to match your kit to your bike?