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The Sportful Fiandre Collection: A Closer Look

Sportful Fiandre Collection: A Closer Look

During autumn, winter and early spring, selecting the correct kit is vital for your comfort and performance on the bike. Inspired by the cycling heartland of Flanders, the home of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, a race which is famously defined by harsh weather conditions –Sportful’s Fiandre collection is designed to tackle the worst conditions found at some of the toughest professional road races in the world. With this in mind, we took a closer look at some of our favourite pieces within the Sportful Fiandre collection and why you should add them to your kit bag for winter and early spring.

Fiandre Jackets & Gilets

Sportful Fiandre Pro Jacket

Constructed with the lightweight Polartech NeoShell fabric, not only does the Fiandre Pro Jacket offer an incredible amount of protection from the cold, wind and rain, it’s also immensely breathable too – perfect for race-pace riding in awful weather conditions.

Thankfully, Sportful have also designed their Fiandre Pro Jacket with taped seams and a waterproof YKK zip too, helping shield against more covert water ingression – which other, poorly designed jackets can succumb to. Like many pieces within Sportful’s AW range, the Fiandre Pro Jacket comes in a female-specific version as well.

Sportful Fiandre Light NoRain Vest

With a lightweight NoRain fabric construction, the Fiandre Light NoRain Vest is, as the name suggests, impervious to water ingression. Despite all this wet weather protection, it has also been designed with a windproof front fabric which makes it well-suited to colder, clearer conditions too. Being a highly versatile, lightweight garment, you can keep it in your back pocket from early autumn, right through to late spring.

Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket

Built with Gore WindStopper fabric, the Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket is the perfect choice when the skies are clear, and the temperature has dropped into single figures.

Man Wearing Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket

With two hidden chest zippers for ventilation, you can effectively and quickly regulate body temperature on the go. Thanks to the double sleeve cuff, and elastic waist, this jacket stays firmly in place from the first pedal stroke to the last.

 

Fiandre Tights & Shorts

Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Tights

Although we’re hesitant in saying it, the Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Tights balance breathability with weather resistance so well, they’re probably the best all-round bib-tights we’ve ever ridden and easily made it onto our list of five favourite bib-tights. Constructed with a NoRain thermal fabric, they offer an outstanding level of water repellency and insulation.

Man wearing Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Tights

Sportful has even included a double-layered front section for wind resistance on colder days. Equipped with a TC chamois (Sportful’s thickest chamois pad), these tights offer an incredible amount of comfort too, even on the roughest Flemish cobbles.  Considering all the pro-level performance on offer, they’re also reasonably priced too.

Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Shorts

Thanks to the NoRain thermal fabric construction, the Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Shorts offer total water repellence on the outside, while the brushed fleece lining helps to keep you warm on the inside.

With an elastic leg gripper and a flat-lying mesh bib section, these shorts are both incredibly comfortable and stay firmly in place. Like the Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Tights, they’re also equipped with the thicker TC chamois too, for maximum comfort on rough roads.

 

Fiandre Accessories

Sportful Fiandre Gloves

If you’re looking for gloves to help you tackle the roughest surfaces and the coldest temperatures with confidence, then you’ve found them. Constructed with a Polartec membrane and a fleece lining, these gloves offer total protection come rain or shine. They’re also cut slightly longer than regular cycling gloves, thus avoiding skin exposure between the end of your sleeve and the start of your glove.

Man putting on Sportful Fiandre Gloves

With tacky silicone grippers placed tactically on the palm to match the contour of a dropped handlebar, these gloves allow you to grip the handlebar with confidence over uneven surfaces. If it’s cool rather than cold, then we’d opt for the Sportful Fiandre Light glove instead.

Sportful Fiandre Booties

By combining Gore-Tex with Polartech, the Sportful Fiandre Booties ensure that your feet are protected from rain and wind alike. Unlike other overshoes which only include reflective detailing, the Fiandre Booties come equipped with a 360-degree reflectivity to help to keep you seen and safe from all angles.

Designed with an elastic cuff, these overshoes prevent water ingression into the top of the overshoe while also ensuring a secure fit throughout your ride.

With Sportful Fiandre cycling clothing, you’ll be able to tackle the wind rain, sleet, snow and whatever else winter can throw in warmth, comfort and style.

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Thomas Flynn

Thomas Flynn

Writer and expert

With almost a decade of riding under his belt, Tom has dabbled in almost every major cycling discipline. These days, he's usually found aboard his fixed-gear gravel bike tackling the best trails and towpaths around Manchester and the Peak District.