Kalf’s jerseys have all the technical details you’d want and a close performance cut, at a reasonable price.
Nice technical details
Sleeve grippers are not very stretchy if you have big biceps
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The Kalf brand is new this year and sold exclusively through Evans Cycles. There’s a range of the usual essential cycling clothes: jerseys, shorts, mitts and socks, for men and women.
The Kalf Flux jersey is the top of the range jersey and comes in two colours. As well as this fetching coral colour – called Aurora – there are also black and turquoise chevron options with the same features. I like the Aurora colour; it’s something a little different and stands out well when riding.
In fact, standing out is something of a feature of the Kalf Flux jersey. There are plenty of reflectives, including a large K and the Kalf logo on the main central pocket and the edging to the zip on the rear valuables pocket. There’s also a small reflective K on the front breast.
There are also a lot of turned and glued seams, rather than conventional hems. These include the ends of the sleeves and the rear pocket tops as well as the bottom seam at the front of the jersey. The sleeve ends are not very stretchy; I didn’t find this a problem but you might find them a bit tight if you’ve got better developed biceps than the average cyclist.
The rear is cut quite a bit longer than the front, for a good on-the-bike fit. It has a single layer, hemless silicone dot waist gripper.
The stretch lycra of the body has a soft hand, so it’s comfortable. It’s also a close fit so that there’s negligible windflap or bagginess.
Kalf’s underarms are made of a different fabric with an increased lycra content for extra stretch. This also has small laser cut perforations for additional ventilation.
It all adds up to a comfortable, lightweight garment that is a good weight for warmer rides. There are a lot of technical features built in too, which you don’t often find even on more expensive jerseys.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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