On test: Canari Short Sleeve Jersey and Matrix CB Bibs, April 8, 2005
Canari's customisable team kit proves that style and comfort need
not be mutually exclusive, as Steve Beletich discovered.
Canari's customisable clobber.
Photo ©: John Stevenson
Although the genesis of their brand name remains a mystery, Canari Cyclewear
was created in 1980 by a bunch of Californian cyclists frustrated by a
dearth of high quality cycling apparel. Their operation has expanded from
humble beginnings to offices, warehousing and production facilities in
San Diego, Ca.
Under the Cyclingnews microscope today are the short sleeve jersey and
Matrix CB Bibs from the Canari custom team fit range. The jersey is made
from a lightweight polyester microfibre called Battistrada and the shorts
are made from Lineltex lycra with a sophisticated-looking Stirato chamois.
As I removed the Canari jersey and shorts from my head (where they landed
after being thrown across the Cyclingnews office), I fell instantly in
love with their understated style. Fortunately so did my wife who has
power of veto over all my clothing decisions, on-bike and off. The jersey
fitted me perfectly from the start - not too much pulling and stretching
required. I did end up with a size on the small side, which frankly I
prefer to having acres of spinnaker-like material flapping in the breeze.
Once up and riding, this jersey did not flap, nor did the heavily-stitched
panels pinch or bite. The sleeves did tend to ride up a bit, but that's
forgivable given the smallish size. I was actually quite oblivious to
the Canari jersey during the heat of battle - definitely a compliment.
It seemed to wick away sweat effectively and the large zip pull, which
I expected to bang wildly against my chest and annoy the hell out of me,
didn't give me any grief - it's made of soft plastic rather than metal.
Even after a couple of hours riding in late summer Sydney humidity, the
jersey slid right off - no clinging to my overheated torso, which is one
of my pet hates.