Dr. Pramita Mishra, based in Bengaluru, is a passionate cyclist, regularly does century rides, participates in brevets and has completed a 200 km brevet on a tandem cycle.
I tested the Apace Freewheel women’s jersey for cycling on casual 50+ kms rides in the day time as well as in peak afternoons in Bangalore.
Fabric – Lightweight, Moisture – Wicking
The fabric of this women’s jersey is lightweight, soft and breathable. The jersey material is sweat-wicking, as I found even in hot afternoons. Personally, I have used the jersey for a couple of 50km+ rides without washing; I rode in Bangalore which never gets as hot as Delhi and the cities close by.
Features – Pockets, Zipper, Ventilation
There are 2 utility pockets in the back, towards the side, big enough to fit a multi-tool kit and a few energy bars. They are compact and don’t sag, keeping the look neat and clean. But if you like to fit a lot on your pockets and do not mind them being bulky and loaded, then these pockets would be small for you.
The zipper is short and the same colour as the jersey. It’s high quality, and being a YKK zipper, it self-locks. I personally liked the zipper being short. I could open it comfortably for ventilation and never bother that it was open too much or a long way down.
The neck is round without any collar, making it comfortable for a hot afternoon and allowing for great ventilation as well.
What is missing however, is any reflective piping, especially at the back. But then this women’s jersey is just for Rs 999. (subject to change).
Fit – Flattering And Functional
I wore an L size. The fit was very flattering; the waist is narrow but the tummy area is somewhat wide, making it a slimming yet accommodating fit for a woman’s figure. The length was mid-hip for me; would vary on different torso sizes I’d presume.
There is a silicone band on the hemline but unlike most cycling jerseys it does not gather at the bottom, making this jersey an option for casual wear also.
During riding, I was worried that the jersey would ride up from behind, not having an aggressive band of grip, but the makers have made the jersey a tad bit longer at the back so even in positions where I was hunched over the handlebar, the jersey covered my bottom well, and there was no flapping.
The short sleeves do not have any silicone band but stay in place. There is a contrasting accent on one of the sleeves creating a unique look.
What is rare is that this jersey can be worn for other sports as well. I have used this women’s jersey for my strength training and yoga exercises also.
Verdict – Flattering Women’s Jersey at a Reasonable Price
In my opinion, the Apace Freewheel is good quality, inexpensive jersey for casual rides. There is no irritation, no chafing; it’s lightweight and comfortable. At just Rs 999* it is a must-have in a woman cyclist’s wardrobe. The price may change.