The not-so-minor details
Bellwether Element Long-Sleeve Top
Velo Vita + TMO Sports
Warm and comfy, and styley enough to wear out after the ride.
Seasons have changed and it’s never too early to start buying that winter gear. This baby is all about fun in the winter sun – and the wind, and the cold. The Element’s long sleeves and torso, with elasticised wrist and waist, gave plenty of overlap at those weak points where the wind often sneaks in. And the raglan cut ‘Bottle-neck’ neckline and 3-D panels through the body give this top a snug fit that kept the warm air close to our skin when the temperature dropped.
Warm, soft and cozy on the inside, the Element’s microloft fabric has a tough wind-cutting exterior, and four-way stretch, so it can move with you on the bike. Upping the comfort stakes even further, Bellwether has added a black panel to the collar, so there’s no seam along the top edge to rub at your skin.
The three pockets at the back were deep enough that we didn’t lose anything on rocky descents, and the smaller zip-up pockie on the outside of the central pocket was the perfect vehicle for our post-ride hydration tokens.
Available in sky (blue) and Ferrari (red), this top knows no limits. Look sharp and ride hard no matter what the weather gods pitch your way. [/private]