Custom tailored clothing for mountain bikers, road cyclists and commuters
Eleven Velo is a company that comes from a land down under and they are all about options. They are a maker of bespoke cycling apparel with a focus on Merino wool tops and eye catching, durable shorts. Ordering is done through their website, which is broken down into whether you ride road, trails or city. Offerings include jerseys, hoodies, tees, boxer shorts, bib shorts, mountain bike shorts, commuter shorts and a hand full of other accessories like warmers and caps. Highlighted here are the Eleven Velo Mod Merino Trail jersey and Premium Trail shorts.
The Eleven Velo Mod Merino Trail Jersey
Eleven Velo makes 3 Superfine Merino jerseys and the Trail version differs mostly due to its single rear pocket (vs. 3 on the Club and Team jersey) and also the looser fit of the sleeves. As previously mentioned, Eleven Velo is all about options and the Trail jersey is loaded with them. You can get it with standard length sleeves or long sleeves, 7″ zipper or full length zip, 5 stock sizes (36″, 38″, 40″, 42″ or 44″), standard Merino fabric or Merino mesh back panel and a myriad of color options. You can choose: body color, side panel color, collar color, arm color, thread color and optional reflective strips.
The process for ordering and customizing is very simple with an intuitive and visual step-by-step process via the Eleven Velo website. I ordered a basic build for my Trail jersey including: standard sleeve, standard zip, 38″ with custom length (aka the “asian” build, because so many of my jerseys end up long in the back), solid 170 gsm Merino, dark blue body color, mid grey side panel, dark grey collar, dark grey arm, black/white thread and no reflective strips necessary for trail riding.
The true standout feature of the Eleven Velo jersey though, is the quality of the Merino wool. I have had other wool jerseys, including Merino wool and none of them feel as comfortable as the Eleven Velo Mod Merino Trail jersey. Eleven Velo calls it “Superfine Merino” and it is 100% Australian grown, spun and woven and made right in Victoria, Australia. According to Gerard at Eleven Velo, “much of the Merino that comes out of China is not pure, but usually blended and generally does not last.” So far, after several rides and washings, durability has not been an issue and the wool remains as comfy as day 1.
Continue to page 2 for the Eleven Velo Premium Trail Shorts, Review Rating and Special Offer.