Aussie Grit women specific kit
This is our first opportunity to review the Aussie Grit ‘flint’ range of clothing for women. We asked ADVNTR friend Sarah to get out there and put the trail jersey and shorts through their paces.
More of a cross country mountain biker than a gravel rider, we felt Sarah would be able to spot any weaknesses or flaws in manufacture or design as she flies round the trails. We were also interested to see whether her conclusions would vary from our assessment of the men’s kit.
Following a few weeks of hard use, we caught up with Sarah to see what she thought.
The trail jersey is to all intents and purposes, the same as the male version reviewed here. The male and female specific kit share a common colour theme, design and use of material. All of the usual features we have come to expect from Aussie Grit are present. It is all good stuff, well thought through and executed.
At 5 foot 6 inches and a size 8 dress size, Sarah felt that the fit of the ‘Small’ shirt and shorts was pretty good. Almost ideal for mountain biking, not too racy and tight but not too baggy either.
The shorts share the ‘raised waistband’ design with the male version although they are a more traditional lycra short than the male ‘slim baggies’ look. Once again, the fit was pretty much spot on.
One small pocket with a zipper is located on the right leg. It proved really useful for securing car keys. Other uses are available!
Ultimately, Sarah felt that more attractive or original colour themes would entice consumers to take a closer look at Aussie Grit Apparel. Although functional, the designs lacks the ‘cool’ factor of other premium road and MTB brands.
Unsurprisingly, Sarah’s feedback was much the same as James and Nigel’s. Comfortable for long days in the saddle and efficient at moisture management. The Merino chest panel is a neat feature. It keeps you warm during the windchill of downhill descents, but is also very breathable in warm conditions.
Other comments which more or less mirrored our thoughts:
Reflective detailing on the shirt isn’t really enough. When you find yourself out on the road in failing light conditions, it would be comforting to know that you had a large reflective panel on your back and not just a subtle strip.
Sarah felt that the jersey fitted better when the rear pockets were weighted with spare tubes and tools. Otherwise it tended to ride up. One criticism of the material is that Sarah felt it was a little unflattering around her tummy area (take it from us, Sarah doesn’t have a beer belly!).
The shorts are a fantastic fit and have generated a lot of positive comments out on the trail with other female riders expressing a real interest. A ‘bib’ option for the shorts would be nice for extra long days in the saddle, but this standard short design is excellent and makes ‘comfort breaks’ a breeze. The shorts feature a premium chamois pad from Elastic Interface, in common with the mens version. This investment by Aussie Grit really raises the shorts comfort from average to sublime in the comfort department.
At £75.00 for the shirt and £98.00 for the shorts, these items occupy a crowded space in the market. Neither cheap nor overly expensive, this is a hard fought sector.
Sarah concluded that the kit was pretty good. The shorts are now her ‘go-to’ option for days out on the trails but the jersey could be improved upon. You would probably buy the jersey if you love the bright blue colour but otherwise, there isn’t really enough going on to make it stand out from the crowd.
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Last modified: 29th August 2018