One of the biggest gripes of DHaRCO designer, Mandy Davis, are baggy riding shorts that are covered in a thousand bells and whistles to compensate for average materials. So, she set about designing a new range of clothing that brought the simplicity seen in Australian surf culture to days railing the dirt.
Well thought-out functionality has seen the DHaRCO men’s and women’s ranges become an increasingly common site on Australian trails, as well as in destinations that mountain bikers look to for future trends in the sport such as Queenstown and Whistler. So what exactly is making the company’s apparel stand out from the rest? We put the Ladies Gravity Shorts and matching 3/4 Sleeve Jersey to the test.
Ladies 3/4 Jersey – Trail (AU$65 / £50 / $55)
Ladies 3/4 Jersey – Trail
There’s a lot to like about DHaRCO’s women’s 3/4 sleeve jersey. It’s feminine without being overly girly. It fits snug enough to keep the bugs out in the Australian summer. It’s bright and ‘pops’ in photos. And, given that jerseys rarely die, the colours – aqua, dazzling blue and black orchid – have been cleverly chosen so they’ll look the goods with two or three different pairs of shorts in the range so you can mix and match.
The main fabric provides protection from the sun, and, despite wearing it on days that were so hot and humid I was dripping with sweat, the top itself never ‘felt’ hot. It wicks moisture well, and it doesn’t cling to the body in a way that feels sticky on hot days or unflattering on the front, a quality that is especially welcome if the contours of your stomach don’t give you away as a pro athlete or magazine cover girl.
Ladies Gravity Shorts (AU$115 / £78 / $95)
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