Vaude are best known in Australia for their quality range of backpacks and hydration packs, but a growing selection of clothing is also filling up bike shops and can be seen out on the trails. Some people might have even noticed that first and second place in this year’s Women’s Champery World Cup Round dressed by Vaude.
Vaude recently sent me a pair of their new Women’s Comp Knicks to ride in, which apart from making me feel super lucky, also has me even more excited about the fast approaching warm weather seasons. The knicks are made of a high quality lyrca which gives a nice even stretch without pulling at the seems, and like the other products I’ve been using in the Vaude women’s range, fit like someone measured me in my sleep. The cut is flattering and stylish, looking smart and low key at the same time. There’s no need to roll up the bottom of the legs, or roll down the waist, no irritating rubbing sections, they simply feel nice all over and stay comfortably in position during long rides.
The biggest surprise for me was the chamois. Whilst boasting a thickness, comfort level and contoured, ergo shape that riders come to expect from a high quality set of knicks, the material itself noticeably dampens trail feedback on bumpy tracks. The chamios also extends a bit further around the body than most other knicks and the fabric is designed with a four way stretch meaning it moves with you (rather than feeling floppy or baggy) as you rail the singletrack.
The benefits of the chamois design really stood out when I wore the knicks for the second half of the Jet Black 12 Hour a couple of weeks ago, due to a direct comparison to the other knicks I was wearing as I raced along the bumpy paddock sections earlier in the day. I’d recommend these shorts for the chamois alone as it adds an extra level of comfort to off-road and on-road riding that allows you to perform at your best, and smile as you do so!
Thank you to Rucsac for their continued support. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to experience gear of this quality not long after it’s arrived in the country. I’m just waiting for Spring now so I can wear them even more!