Tested: DHaRCO women’s mountain bike clothing

DHaRCO is an Australian mountain bike apparel company blending detailed trail functionality with a casual, surf-inspired aesthetic. I first wrote about the range for Flow Mountain Bike when DHaRCO launched into its opening season in 2014. It was interesting to interview designer, Mandy Davis, as part of this article and learn first hand about the processes that happen behind the scenes before garments like these hit the shelves.

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The antibacterial ‘j’adore rouler’ (I love to ride) t-shirt is a favourite on and off the bike. Photo: Chris Southwood for Flow Mountain Bike

I was recently asked to test the DHaRCO Ladies Gravity Shorts and matching Ladies 3/4 Jersey for BikeRadar. The comfort, style and functionality of this range has seen it become increasingly popular on local trails. As a proud Australian, it makes me so happy to see a local company making similar waves overseas.

I enjoyed shooting this kit on local Sydney trails. Photo: Colin Levitch
The fit is feminine without feeling too girly. It stays close to the body and doesn’t snag when the riding gets technical. Photo: Colin Levitch

“DHaRCO’s designs thoughtfully reflect how mountain bikers actually ride in and wear their threads. They disappear from consciousness while riding leaving your attention fixed firmly on the trails. The products are on the small side, but true to the design brief, they do their job without relying on complicated panels, seams and zips. While this gives them a refreshingly simple appearance among a sea of patterned competitors, the closer you look the more the time and consideration gone into creating that impression quickly becomes apparent.”

You can read the full review here.

Header image: Colin Levitch