Otto London have forged a growing reputation in producing waterproof capes for cycling and they kindly sent me one of their capes along with one of the new t-shirts from their new BANG! line to try out, made in collaboration with Mission Communications and Continental Clothing.
However, I currently reside in the south of Spain, where temperatures average around 32°C during the summer – not that I mean to brag (or maybe I do…). Regardless of my bragging exploits, reviewing a rain cape is not ideal right now – so that review will be appearing in the next couple of months.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten up close and personal to their BANG! t-shirt. Which is much better suited to warmer climes.
As soon as you get hold of this top, you appreciate the fluidity of the material. It glides through your hands. According to the Otto London website, it is made from 70% bamboo fibre and 30% organic cotton. I’m no expert on materials, but I’ve been wearing t-shirts my whole life, so I think I that is a suitable pre-requisite for judging the results. And the results are good. Very good indeed.
The t-shirt is very light and wicks away sweat from the body in a very similar fashion to that of merino – ideal for the summer and when riding briskly. It also dries exceptionally quickly.
I had also presumed, based on the picture on the Otto website, that the reflective bicycle pattern design (or as they appropriately call it the ‘Jazz cycle firework symbol’) would be on the front of the shirt, however it turned out to be on the back. Surprising, but I certainly liked it. “Breaking the mould” you might say.
The top is slightly slim fitting in terms of cut, but remains relatively loose and is longer than your standard t-shirt, ensuring full rear coverage when on your bike – as any good cycling t-shirt should.
This is a very fetching t-shirt and one which oozes quality in terms of both build and style. It feels great to wear on the bike, and looks great off it.
While I opted for this t-shirt in an oh-so-summery black, it also comes in blue, green, red and white for men, as well as black, white and aubergine for women. The Otto BANG! t-shirt is available for an extremely reasonable £28 – a bit of a bargain considering the quality of the material.