Women's cycling trousers are notoriously tricky to source. And stylish women's cycling trousers are even more elusive. So when we found Velocity Cyclewear's range of trousers, all manufactured in London, it didn't take us long to love them.
Velocity Cyclewear Climber Trousers are slim fitting but realistically sized with UK sizing in mind. The attention to detail in the finish and material, as well as the cycling-specific details, are second to none. The material is treated to be water and stain resistant, with just enough elastication to add to the comfort.
Features like heavy duty belt loops, reflective pocket details and phone-sized pockets are evidence of the care that's gone into Velocity's trousers. And all at the same price as a half-decent pair of jeans. A definite classic in the making.
Please note: lining colour varies from the royal blue shown - may include red, purple, grey and others!
The waistband of the trousers is cut to sit above the hip bones (not on your waist itself – which is that much higher). Measure round your waist immediately above your hips to get a clearer idea of which size will work best for your shape.
|X-Small||8||30" / 76cm||32" / 81cm|
|Small||10||31.5" / 80cm||32" / 81cm|
|Medium||12||33" / 84cm||32" / 81cm|
|Large||14||35" / 89cm||32" / 81cm|
|X-Large||16||37" / 94cm||32" / 81cm|
- 98% Cotton | 2% Elastane
- Elastane ~ perfect amount of stretch
- NanoSphere treated material ~ water and stain resistance
- Reinforced diamond seat ~ hardwearing comfort & extra movement
- Articulated knees ~ pedalling made easier
- High back ~ cycling position
- Low waist ~ comfort and cut
- Heavy duty belt loops allows you to carry accessories like locks
- Pockets are deliberately phone sized
- Reflective pocket trim
- Reflective logo
- YKK zips
- Designed and manufactured in London, UK
Wear a pair of ZIB or Urbanist padded pants underneath your trousers for greater saddle comfort.
Velocity Urban Cyclewear is the brainchild and creation of Carolyn Gaskell. She worked for 13 years in the charity and education sectors before prising herself out and fulfilling a passion to create Great British Urban Cyclewear. She aims to create cycling clothes that are as stylish as they are functional - clothes that you can still look great in even after you hop off your steed.
Aside from the exceptional quality of design and finish, what sets Carolyn's creations apart are the cycling specific details. Those little things that you don't necessarily spot initially, but which make all the difference to how you feel when you're on or off your bike.
Equally admirable is Velocity's insistence on both designing and manufacturing in London. Not for them a distant Far Eastern factory - they prefer to able to feel the collars of those actually making their kit - sometimes literally!
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4 customer reviews
Not for pear shaped womenReview by Kal
The trousers look great and are well made. They were too low in the back. I am an average but pear shaped size 12 and they were too tight around the hips-and I have spoken to other women about this too so I know Im not the only one. The fabric is a bit thick for summer. I cycle commute and like to walk into work without having to change and really wanted these trousers to work so I altered them but still they didnt fit, otherwise I would have returned them. Hope velovixen find some commuting cycling trousers for the normal female shape one day.
VeloVixen Says: Thanks for your thoughts, Kal - and you're right that any given style of trousers will not fit everyone, so naturally there's no hope of making trousers for the 'normal' female shape as there's no such thing. But we will continue to look for good trousers that work for a number of different shapes - not an easy quest. x
PleasedReview by Sandra
I deliberated long and hard before buying these. I m pleased that I did, they fit well and are very comfortable both on and off the bike. Great trousers.
Great but too low at the backReview by Kath
Again the only fault I have with them is that for cycling trousers they are too low at the back. I have to tuck my vest into them to avoid the unpleasant and unsightly gap at the back when cycling! Otherwsie super comfy and great for cycling with extra space at the knees.
FantasticReview by Emma Tilston (really ought to think of a snappy nickname...!)
I'm probably writing this a little early, prompted by the email, as I haven't actually worn them in the rain yet.
But notwithstanding not being able to vouch for their performance in the wet, I can say they withstood fog perfectly well! To be honest, I've worn them more off the bike than on and I love them - they are super comfy, the fit is good and they look good.
Observations, however, would be that it is stated that they are higher at the back - I haven't noticed that especially (unless my fat bum is pulling them down!) so they could do with being a little higher.
They attract fluff, so if like me you have a white cat and a white wool rug, don't buy the black!
But the only real negative point I have is the placement of the reflective chain link inside the lower back calf. It's quite high up and to have it showing means I would need to have 4 - 5 inches of leg exposed to the elements. Given that most of us don't really care if it looks like we have bike clothes on, why not just leave it on the outside? If they are concerned, perhaps put a flap over it stuck down with Velcro or a popper matching the pocket buttons that can be opened and popped back to reveal the reflective bit. On both legs would be good too.
But I really love these and feel comfy in them on an off the bike. I'd definitely recommend someone to buy them. I'll come back when I have worn them in the rain! I've worn them to watch my nephew playing footy and I was as warm as toast in them.
VeloVixen Says: thanks so much for such a fulsome review, Emma Tilston (good name, no need to change it!). Really constructive comments that we will pass on to Velocity, but delighted to know they're doing you proud overall. x
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