With summer on the way we thought now would be a good time to get out on the bike and test the brand new Kalas Passion collection for ourselves. The Czech company currently provide clothing to the Great Britain Cycling Team as well as two of the sport’s best cyclocross riders; Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant. The Passion X7 jersey and bib shorts have both been developed with Kalas’ professional teams and offer the same cut, comfort and performance benefits offered to their pro riders.
Kalas Passion X7 Jersey
While many cycling jerseys scream and shout, the Passion X7 jersey features a simplistic, sophisticated design and is available in three colourways. A unique design using knitted fabrics and a carbon weave ensures wicking and drying is as effective as possible. As soon as you pull the jersey on and zip it up you notice how good the fit is. ‘Active’ seam construction may sound a bit baffling but it is, in fact, a simple solution problem we see all too often. If you’re buying a ‘race-cut’ jersey you want it to fit snuggly and offer an aerodynamic advantage. Kalas’ active seams allow for a full stretch around the shoulder panels, ensuring a streamlined fit.
The Passion X7 is also 7cm shorter at the front than it is at the back to account for the fact that when you’re riding in an aggressive position the frontal area of your torso is reduced significantly. The performance benefits of the Passion jersey are undoubtedly on a par with rival jerseys that sit at a higher price-point. Add in the little extras like breathable elasticated cuffs and a removable water-resistant pouch for your smartphone and you’ve got a superb piece of kit.