I recently received some amazing Urban Cycling Gear from a company called Isadore Apparel.
Who Is This Company Called Isadore Apparel, That Sent Me This Amazing Urban Cycling Gear To Be Reviewed?
Isadore Apparel is a company that I love everything about. This is a company created on the foundations of the Velits Brothers deep knowledge of what works, and doesn’t work on the road.
After retiring from riding for Professional World Cycling teams, Martin and Peter Velits used the knowledge that they gained to create products that are suitable for any rider with an active lifestyle.
Isadore Urban Cycling Gear Is Meant For Professionals Like Me
As an urban cyclist and Entrepreneur, it’s difficult for me to find Urban Cycling Gear that provides the benefits of Lycra, aero helmets, and clip on shoes, while still looking appropriate at the board room. Or a remote location with an important client.
I need to be able to trust in the Urban Cycling Gear that I’m commuting with. You never know what you might encounter on a daily basis.
There’s horrific weather that comes suddenly from nowhere, along with traffic, and obstacles to dodge, such as moon sized potholes.
This means that I have to be comfortable, dry, and free to move without restrictions. But above all, have to look good when I arrive to meet an important client.
Creating Urban Cycling Gear that provides all these amazing benefits is no small feat.
I never thought that I’d find a company, that would provide Urban Cycling gear that would look just as good off the bike, as on.
That’s until I met Isadore Apparel.
Isadore Apparel Was Created By Riders For Riders
Part of a parent company called REALDEALCYCLEPHILE’S, Isadore Apparel consists of a great mix of professionals who are riders themselves.
This team of pro riders, designers, marketers and staff, including a security guard named Forest, understand what Entrepreneurs like me need to commute to work and back home.
Then again, what else would you expect from a company that tests their products rigorously every single day?
Urban Cycling Gear From Isadore Apparel Is Produced Sustainably
Isadore Apparel also cares deeply about the environment, and giving back to the community in which they live.
In order to keep the planet healthy and green, they take great pride in manufacturing their products sustainably.
They choose local, socially and responsible manufacturers who are Oeko-Tex® certified. Isadore Apparel also uses recycled or recyclable packaging.
Plus, every day they ride to the factory where they provide jobs locally, and all their products are Made by Hand by real humans.
Testing the Urban Cycling Gear That Isadore Apparel Sent Me
With all this talk about how great Isadore Apparel is, you’re probably wondering what the actually gear is like.
Isadore sent me 4 different clothing items. Urban jeans, Novesta X Star Master sneakers, X Kompot Quotes LS t-shirt, and Urban Merino t-shirt in China Blue.
To some, these products may seem expensive, because they‘re luxury gear. But once you see the quality and workmanship, all you will say is, WOW!!!
So, what truly makes these luxury cycling clothes worth the higher prices?
For over a week I’ve been riding short and long distances. Putting in the miles, kilometers, or if you prefer, saddle time.
I’ve been to meetings. To the stores. And hung out with friends and family casually.
After testing these pieces of gear rigorously, here’s what I think of them. Both the good and the bad.
Isadore Urban Jeans
Isadore Urban jeans are a premium, hand-made product with outstanding quality and exceptional comfort.
The $200.00 price tag might seem high to some, but once you try them you’ll understand why.
During the week, I rode a considerable distance to meet a client, who’s thinking of using folding bikes to deliver luxury goods to clients in New York City.
These Isadore Urban Jeans Were the Most Comfortable Pants I’ve Ever Cycled With
During my commute to meet my client, the Jeans didn’t bunch up while pedaling thanks to the four-way stretch, and the seat and knees being ergonomically designed for cycling.
Also, the waistband didn’t slip down, with the abrasion-resistant denim manufactured in Slovakia, making the jeans feel just as comfortable at mile 15 as when I started. Even though these jeans have no built-in padding, they did the job just as well as wearing Lycra.
I gave up wearing jeans a long time ago due to lack of comfort, but seeing that these jeans are more comfortable than regular pants, I might reconsider.
Another problem that Isadore Urban Jeans eliminated, was the worry of getting oil on the cuff while pedaling. With just enough taper in the cuffs, they didn’t flop all over and rub against the chain. Combined with the light weight of only 630g, I could hardly tell I was wearing them.
Features That I truly Like About Isadore Urban Jeans
I absolutely love the quality, dark wash color, and fine details of these jeans.
If it wasn’t for the inside seams of the cuffs and belt hoops being reflective, you’d swear these were regular high-end jeans.
The dirt and water-repellent denim has impressive stitching along all the seams, including the buttonhole.
Plus, there’s even anti-slip silicone tape in the rear pockets to keep things from sliding out.
Overall, Isadore Urban Jeans are a step above their competition. They are extremely comfortable, look great, and have many features that other luxury jeans don’t have.
The only downside is the price. Many urban commuters won’t be able to afford them at $200.00. Otherwise, I highly recommend them, because once you put them on, you’ll agree they’re well worth the price.
Novesta X Star Master Sneakers
Another magnificent item from Isadore’s Urban Cycling Gear collection are the Novesta X Star Master Sneakers.
Isadore teamed up with Novesta which is very popular throughout Europe. Novesta was founded in the 1930s in Partizánske, which is a small town in the middle of Slovakia.
A shoemaker by the name of Jan Antonin Bata opened a new factory where he could develop and create the types of footwear that would be practical, fashionable and comfortable.
Since then, Novesta has developed into a shoe brand loved by many. It continues to grow and expand throughout Europe thanks to the imaginative designs paired with timeless sophistication.
Isadore has teamed up with Novesta, because they both have remained loyal to local production. And focuses on ecological methods using sustainable materials like eco-rubber and organic cotton canvas.
What they ended up with was a classic shaped sneaker that represents the shared tradition, heritage, and quality of product that both Isadore and Novesta highly value.
What I Like About the Novesta X Star Master Sneakers
The Novesta X Star Master Sneakers are a high-end product, just like the Urban Jeans.
You get unparalleled quality, appearance and comfort. The Organic cotton with water-repellent treatment is both durable and flexible.
At first the sneakers feel funny, because they are extremely light and flexible. Then again, I’m use to wearing much heavier and stiffer Nike sneakers.
But after getting use to them, they feel extremely comfortable while biking or walking.
The 100% recycled insole milled in Italy offers excellent arch support, with high humidity absorption to help prevent odors.
These sneakers also have an Eco rubber sole made from the finest natural rubber, vulcanized without using harmful chemicals. This Eco friendly sole provides a lot of traction while pedaling. Not once did my sneakers slide off the pedals, even while raining lightly. I could have sworn I was wearing cleats, even though I wasn’t.
And while walking, had excellent shock absorption, making it a great everyday shoe.
Novesta X Star Master sneakers are a great option for those looking for a hybrid between casual and cycling gear.
They have an unmistakable appearance, with a dark blue Organic cotton shell, and a chunky sole.
A subtly branded Novesta X Isadore insignia.
And for extreme visibility at night, a reflective stripe in tone with the shoe color.
There Are A Few Downsides To The Novesta X Master Sneakers
These sneakers can be too expensive at $135.00 for many urban commuters.
Also, I’m not a huge fan of the closure that uses a reel knob lacing system for one hand adjustment.
The first time I used the reel knob lacing system, it cut my finger causing it to bleed.
I finally got the hang of it, and the occurrence hasn’t happen again.
I think that an easier system like the Lock Laces on my Nike’s, would have been a much simpler and more reliable system.
Plus, I don’t like the look of the reel that’s used. I don’t think it matches the rest of the high-quality look of the sneakers.
This closure system with reel knob lacing can also be a hassle if not adjusted properly. A few times while riding, it was either too tight, causing discomfort. Or loose, forcing me to readjust the tongue that kept sliding to one side.
Beside these issues, I love the Novesta X Master Sneakers, and would still recommend them to anybody that wants to look just as good off the bike, as on.
X Kompot Quotes LS T-Shirt
A t-shirt is just a t-shirt, right? WRONG, and the X Kompot Quotes T-Shirt proves it.
As soon as I put on the X Kompat Quotes LS T-Shirt, I fell completely in love with it.
The Kompot Quotes LS T-Shirt has amazing quality and details. Just by looking at the perfect stitching and fine details, such as the burnt yellow interior sections, you can tell that this is another premium product offered by Isadore Apparel.
I’m also a huge fan of the famous cycling names printed on the front and back, that also improves visibility, both on and off the bike. Plus, I think it helped me ride a little faster, even though I can’t prove it.
This 100% organic t-shirt produced in Portugal, fit me absolutely perfect. It isn’t too tight or loose, and has an extended rear cut back, making it perfect for both cycling and everyday street wear.
Isadore Apparel Collaborated with Kompot, Another Great Brand With Slovakian Roots
What made this t-shirt such a great success is the fact that Isadore Apparel teamed up with Kompot, a brand known for their flair for creating solid street wear.
Entrepreneurs such as myself, who like to bicycle commute in the city, while still looking good when meeting clients, will absolutely love the exterior grey color with burnt orange interior.
This in my opinion is the perfect t-shirt for combining bicycle trips with everyday street wear.
For $55.00, the price may be too high to for most riders. But the high quality, amazing details, and extreme comfort makes it totally worth it.
So, go buy yourself one!
Urban Merino T-Shirt In China Blue
Another fantastic t-shirt from Isadore Apparel, is the Urban Merino T-Shirt in China Blue.
The Urban Merino T-Shirt has a slightly slimmer fit than the X Kompot Quotes LS T-Shirt. This is great for aerodynamics while riding, because the t-shirt doesn’t catch the wind.
But I do prefer the looser fit of the X Kompot LS T-Shirt.
If you’re like me, it might be beneficial to go one size up.
Made out of 70% merino wool and 30% Coolmax Fresh Fiber, this t-shirt provides a pleasant mix of breathability and comfort.
While rigorously riding to go take care of business, the merino wool offered amazing moisture wicking benefits. I arrived at my place looking fresh and clean. No huge sweat spots!
Merino wool is also a great thermal insulator. When I go on my winter rides, I’ll be lot warmer.
The Urban Merino T-Shirt Has Amazing Features
The Urban Merino T-Shirt comes in a nice China Blue, making it appropriate for daily wear, or combining it with more professional attire.
It also has the same high-quality stitching as the X Kompot LS T-shirt, and extended rear back without the burnt orange interior.
What sets this t-shirt apart is the reflective details, making it more visible in low light rides. And a secure back pocket that offers ideal storage for a phone, wallet or other valuables.
This made in Czech Republic t-shirt is definitely worth the $65.00 price tag.
Isadore Apparel, founded by Martin and Peter Velits, shows that they used the knowledge they gained from riding for Professional World Cycling teams to design this great Urban Cycling Gear.
Made up of a great team of pro riders, designers, marketers and staff, including a security guard named Forest, Isadore understands what Entrepreneurs like me need to commute to work and back home.
The Velits Brothers and their team have succeed in providing Urban Cycling gear that looks just as good off the bike, as on.
Isadore has also teamed up with some amazing brands such as Novesta and Kompot, which have the same values and commitment to quality.
With a commitment to the environment, the community in which they live, and choosing local, socially and responsible manufacturers who are Oeko-Tex® certified, I think that Isadore has succeeded by creating the perfect urban product line.