To celebrate the 2018 edition of La Vuelta a España, Kalas has released the limited edition Covadonga collection. Stage 15 of this year’s Vuelta will see the pros race from Ribera del Arriba to the icon summit of Lagos de Covadonga. Tipped on paper as one of the hardest stages of the race, the winner will likely be one of the GC favourites.
In keeping with the colour of the Vuelta leaders jersey, the Kalas Covadonga collection is primarily red and black with an artistic flair thrown in to make each piece truly unique. We’ve taken a closer look at the collection which is comprised of a lightweight jersey, top of the range bib-shorts, a cap and gloves.
Kalas Covadonga Jersey
The climb to the lakes atop Covadonga is a long and steep one. Fitting then that the Covadonga jersey is made from lightweight, highly breathable fabrics. Mesh inserts on the shoulders prevent overheating while a semi-autolock zipper lets you regulate your body temperate to perfection.
The overall fit of the Kalas Covadonga jersey is excellent, helped largely by the use of ‘active’ seams. The stitching pattern and thread used by Kalas allows the seams themselves to stretch which results in a tight but not restrictive fit. Longer than average sleeves with a bonded edge hem improve both the aerodynamics and aesthetics to help you ride faster and look better.
But what really sets this jersey off is not it’s performance features but instead, it’s unique design. The colourway just screams Vuelta, the vibrant red is bold but not garish. The pattern on the rear panel of the jersey also looks ominously like a mountain range, of which there are many in the Tour of Spain!