I'll use my introduction from a previous post.
Founded in 2009 by two cyclists Alex Raistrick and Simon Warren, Shutt VR creates cycle clothing designed with the average rider in mind who doesn't want to be wearing garish colours and patterns that clash with their pretty standard black shorts. All the materials and construction are sourced in the UK and they use handmade merino sportwool. Comparisons will be made and I won't be the first or last, it kind of looks like Rapha but with some colour - infact with some bauhaus or 80's colour patterns, you know primary colour bars with grey and black backgrounds.
They kindly sent me the Signature Sportive and a Summer Club jersey in a purple colorway they are considering for 2011.
The Signature jersey really is beautiful, what a great design. First big difference here is the weight of the fabric, it's so light and uses a 48% merino wool, 52% polyester mix. Not only is it much thinner it is a more relaxed fit than a 'technical' racing jersey so it can seem kind of loose when worn. This translates into comfort in the heat though. This is the jersey that I did wear when the humidity and temps were close to a 100. I am sure the white contributed too. It felt great when it was baking outside.
Also I am not really into the white cycling kit thing, it just gets dirty and transparent, but I stole glances at myself in store windows as I rode past and it does look great on.
I am sure it's just an aesthetic thing. Shutt VR really does stand out from the crowd with a very individual use of colour and light backgrounds - their winter range now introduces grey and black base colours suitable for the manure slick roads of Yorkshire or the oil of Manhattan's streets.
Thanks to Peter and all at Shutt VR