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A Closer Look at: Black Sheep Cycling Essential Euro Collection

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Author: Dan Kogan

Renowned for designing stylish, edgy performance garments from their base in Australia, Black Sheep Cycling have taken a new direction with their latest Essentials Euro Collection and have focused on the often more changeable conditions that the European climate offers.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection


Black Sheep Cycling’s Essentials Euro Collection has been inspired by the continent’s rich cycling heritage, culture and the great champion of the sport, the late Fausto Coppi.

Fausto Coppi


A rider who was, at his time, a formidable force both on and off the bike. Fausto was loved by his country and the sport and was a rider renowned for his style and panache. He truly was the everyday hero. Keen to draw on the heritage, culture and trends of European cycling, the Black Sheep Cycling designers wanted to transfer what it means to be an everyday hero into their latest collection.

Continuing the Italian theme, Black Sheep Cycling travelled to Lombardy, Italy to source the fabrics for these garments. Produced by Sitip S.p.A, these fabrics are designed to enhance the way you ride. Responsive, durable and stylish, this is the Black Sheep Cycling way.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Gilet


Mid-weight rideability, the perfect balance between warmth and breathability. Black Sheep Cycling have designed these garments to offer all the thermal qualities needed for those chilly early morning departures, but also provide the evaporating properties required to keep you cool, dry and comfortable when the sun comes out and the temperature rises.

Investing in warp knit yarns, this production method enhances the fabric’s stretch and flexibility and ensures these performance fit garments are not restrictive.

Essentials Euro Collection Short Sleeve Jersey

A stable piece in any cyclist’s arsenal is the humble short sleeve jersey. Made from 190gsm warp-knit Chronoman fabric, the Essentials Euro Collection Short Sleeve Jersey offers thermal protection to keep the chill off but also allows evaporation to take place, with the inclusion of carefully placed channelling.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Mens Short Sleeve Jersey


The sleeve has been constructed using Cene Squared, a warp-knit fabric that is soft to the touch and features a textured design.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Short Sleeve Jersey Sleeve


Steering away from their often loud Limited Edition designs, Black Sheep Cycling have opted for bold, rich and slightly more understated colours for their Euro Collection. Easy to be mixed and matched, the men’s and women’s jerseys are sure to complement your ride.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Womens Short Sleeve Jersey


Essentials Euro Collection Bib Short

For the rider that is not limited when it comes to time in the saddle, the Essentials Euro Collection Bib Short has been constructed in both a men’s and women’s version, with comfort, fit and endurance high on the spec list.

A refined version of the Essentials Bib Short, this Euro Collection design has improved panelling and contouring, ensuring uncompromised comfort.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Womens Bib Short


The innovative strap system is supportive, unrestrictive and enables freedom of movement. Core Power leg panelling is an Italian-milled 240 gsm warp-knit fabric. This has been used to offer both compression and comfort. The new laser hem is durable and discreet.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Bib Short


An area not to be overlooked when it comes to choosing a bib short is the seat pad or chamois. Black Sheep Cycling recognise this and have added a proprietary high-density pad, with perforated channels, to their men's and women's shorts. For those looking to ride in an aggressive position, the peroneal support is a welcome addition, especially when riding in a tucked position on the drops.


Essentials Euro Collection Vest

A classic addition to the collection and a piece of kit no cyclist should be without, the Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Vest boasts a windproof front panel, ideal for brisk descents and those crisp early mornings. Offering protection without affecting breathability, the mesh panels on the back and sides ensure temperature regulation is never compromised.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Vest


Europe’s often changeable and challenging conditions have also been addressed, with a central waterproof rear panel added to ensure unexpected downpours do not catch you out.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Vest Rear


Easily foldable, the vest can be wrapped up snuggly and stored in a rear jersey pocket when things heat up, ready to be called into action at a moment’s notice.

Essentials Euro Collection Arm and Leg Warmers

We all dream about having uninterrupted wall to wall sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20’s on every ride but the reality is this is often that...just a dream. Most riders in the northern hemisphere will look to arm and leg warmers to add a versatile layer of protection from the cold, whether that be on mild winter or typical British summer rides.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Arm Warmer


Black Sheep Cycling’s Essentials Euro Collection Arm and Leg Warmers are made from a one-piece Thermal Endurance construction. This construction is designed to improve performance, while reflective detailing ensures visibility out on the road is never compromised.

Ideal for temperatures ranging from 5 to 20 degrees, the Euro Collection Leg Warmers have carefully placed panelling to allow for freedom of movement and a smooth and unhindered pedal stroke.

Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection Leg Warmer

A collection ready for the rigours of a European spring, summer or autumn, the Black Sheep Cycling Essentials Euro Collection is understated, stylish and performance driven. Follow the link below to browse the collection.

 

About the Author

  • Dan Kogan
  • Height: 172cm
  • Weight: 64kg
  • About Dan Kogan: After racing in Britain and France, Dan can now be found tackling gran fondos and riding around Dorset, Surrey and Essex.

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