ASSOS DYORA RS Winter Collection Woman – Review – Rouleur

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Pioneers of the first lycra bib shorts, Laurent Fignon and Daniel Giseger being among the first to adopt the brand, ASSOS has been manufacturing high performance kits for decades. Widely regarded as the Rolls-Royce of cycling clothing brands, there’s no denying that the Swiss company is a market leader in its field.

However, one area where ASSOS has come under fire in the past is its offering for female cyclists. Historically, the brand has not taken women’s cycling seriously, emphasizing looks over practicality when it comes to women’s gear. In 2016, former ASSOS CEO Phil Duff struck a pact to change that, promising a new direction for the brand that would see parity in men’s and women’s kit offerings, as well as more publicity. tasteful, focusing on strong women rather than objectifying female athletes as a means of marketing.

In an interview with totalwomenscycling in 2016, Duff is quoted as saying, “The only thing I dictated and mandated [since joining ASSOS] is that we’re not going to portray women and treat women like the company always has.

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It’s fair to say that Duff and ASSOS delivered on their promise and, six years later, the Women’s DYORA Winter collection is a shining example. On first contact, the quality of the kit becomes very clear, with the material, branding and detailing all showing how much thought went into the design process of this collection. This feeling is only amplified once the kit is worn – it’s a well-contoured women’s specific fit that’s aerodynamic without being restrictive.

Designed for the “serious year-round cyclist and professional athlete”, the quality of the ASSOS kit is not without a price, and a high price at that. Over the past few months, we’ve tested the DYORA RS women’s winter collection on many frigid mornings, finding out if the substantial cost is worth it compared to cheaper alternative kits.

DYORA RS winter jacket

The highlight of the ASSOS women’s winter collection is undoubtedly the DYORA RS Winter Jacket. Described as the most technical winter softshell the Swiss brand has created to date, it’s clear that no stone was left unturned in the development of the garment. A serious range of materials have been used on specific areas of the jacket, depending on where the wind hits and where more ventilation is needed, creating optimal conditions for cold multi-hour rides.

The most striking element of the jacket, for me, was the material used on the sleeves. It’s unique to every other cycling jacket I’ve worn, made from what ASSOS describes as ‘warp-knit ZigZaggy 3L foam’. The warp knit structure means that the yarns zigzag across the length of the fabric, rather than following a single row, so it is much sturdier and has a tighter structure, contributing to the windproof properties of the jacket.

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Since it’s the arms that hit the wind first, tenacious wind protection is essential here in harsh winter conditions, and ASSOS’ unique choice of fabric does this job at an exemplary level. Throughout every ride I’ve done in the DYORA jacket, I haven’t felt the wind chill on my arms, also helped by the elastic gripper at the bottom of the sleeve, blocking out any cold air. That windproof effect is achieved without a highly compressive fit on the arms either, with room under the jacket for a winter base layer or two.

The thickest part of the jacket is the panel on the lower back, an area that can suffer from the cold or wet spray from the roads below. It’s made from ASSOS’ heavyweight OSMOS material, the most insulating in the OSMOS range, and ensures warmth throughout the ride. The top and front of the jacket are made of the lightweight windproof and waterproof SPHERE textile with the lightweight OSMOS material used for the jacket lining.

This combination of fabrics means that the jacket strikes the perfect balance between being extremely warm, but also breathable. Despite the double layer, ASSOS has kept the jacket lightweight, with none of the bulk usually felt when wearing winter clothing. The jacket is not constraining, even if it is well fitted with a concern for aerodynamics, and I felt as free as in a summer jersey, although cocooned in a bubble of heat.

Maintaining a stable core temperature and avoiding that unwanted boiling-in-a-bag feeling that some winter jackets can cause is something the DYORA RS Jacket does extremely well. This is largely due to the silver diffuser valves seen on the shoulders. They act like a set of air vents, bringing cold air into the rest of the fabric and distributing it between the layers to prevent any possibility of overheating. Even during intense efforts on the road, I felt like this technology worked flawlessly, ensuring I could keep riding hard without even needing to unzip the jacket.

Details like the 2-way zip and lid pockets all go some way to justifying the £430 price of the DYORA RS Jacket. Although a big upfront investment, the jacket is extremely durable and can get a rider through a multitude of winters and conditions, making the cost per use a bit more digestible. There’s no denying that there are cheaper alternatives out there, but if that’s within your budget, there’s little better to be had in the world of women’s winter kit than the DYORA RS Jacket.The design is sleek and understated, as usual from ASSOS, with purple accents and a black base. However, more color options would be better to aid visibility in the darker winter months, but ASSOS has remedied this somewhat with a reflective strip on the back pocket.

DYORA RS WINTER TIGHTS S9

Following the trend of using a combination of fabrics on different parts of the garment, the winter bib tights DYORA RS. As with the jacket, ASSOS has carefully targeted protection against the elements where it’s needed most, with thicker fabric on the back of the bibs. The Swiss manufacturer has added their SPHERE medium fabric here, with the rest of the bibs made of SPHERE ultra fabric and OSMOS heavy material, which feels soft and comforting against the skin. All waterproof and windproof, this mix of materials offers complete block against the cold.

Perhaps the most standout feature when comparing the DYORA RS winter tights to others on the market is the gray panels on the lower leg, made of ASSOS neoprene. These repel water, improving the weather resistance of an overshoe alone, keeping the lower leg, which is largely affected by water from puddles on the roads, dry and protected.

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It should be noted that these bib tights are designed for the toughest conditions and offer protection accordingly. I found riding above about 8 degrees Celsius they almost offered an excessive amount of warmth, without as much breathability as Assos’ winter jacket. Treated with durable water repellent, they were ideal for cold, wet hikes, but I probably wouldn’t grab them unless it was a particularly cold day.

As for the chamois, it is the same as that found in the majority of modern women’s bib shorts and tights from ASSOS, and is extremely comfortable for traveling long distances. Famous GoldenGate technology means there are no seams along the panels, allowing freedom of movement and ensuring there is no chafing, which is especially important during rides in inclement weather humid.

The bib tights don’t sit too high on the body like those from other manufacturers, and I personally would prefer them to sit slightly higher to add another layer of insulation around the core of the body. However, the “X” shape of the flaps is extremely comfortable and allows welcome freedom of movement when getting in and out of the saddle.

WOMEN’S ULTRAZ WINTER ML SKIN LAYER

For maximum warmth, the ULTRAZ winter skin layer combined with the winter jacket is the optimal combination. A fully thermal long-sleeved top, with a high neck and a lanky body, there’s not much more you could need in a protective winter layer. It hugs the body in a streamlined fit, without feeling restrictive, but it would be worth sizing up if a looser fit is preferable.

The wool-blend knit is soft on first contact with the skin, and the garment’s seamless construction promotes comfort and prevents rubbing or chafing. Worn under the DYORA RS winter jacket, the base layer offered protection even when temperatures dipped well below minus. For most of the time I tested this kit, which was all winter in the south of England, I found the base layer and jacket to be too warm and I felt more comfortable with a thinner base layer under the jacket. However, in colder climates that are regularly below 5 degrees Celsius, this suit would likely be of regular use.

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It’s hard to believe that ASSOS has already been criticized for its lack of high quality women’s kit when using ASSOS’ DYORA RS women’s winter collection. The DYORA winter jacket strikes me as one of the most well thought out and technically advanced garments on the market, sort of, like magic, giving you all the warmth of a bulkier winter jacket while being incredibly light and breathable. The DYORA RS winter bib tights looked great on the coldest rides I’ve had this winter, and I would recommend them to anyone who regularly rides in low temperatures.

All in all, the complete ASSOS winter DYORA outfit would set you back £870, which is well above the price of almost any other clothing brand selling winter kits. However, with this price tag comes an exceptionally high quality kit. So if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth paying.

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