Are you struggling to find plus sized cycling gear? Never fear, this post will help! For many years I have lamented the shortage of good quality, good looking and well fitting cycling clothing for larger women. In the past I have resorted to purchasing men’s jerseys, and found that even they were too short for my liking. Not to mention way too form fitting! In this post, I review a cycling jersey and cycling shorts for plus sized cyclists that I found.
As I am not a tiny woman, it can be difficult to find attractive cycling gear. Happily, there are now some manufacturers catering to plus-sized athletes. For a start, a search on the term Plus Sized Athletic Wear on Amazon brings up a wide range of results.
The overwhelming response to Joe’s blog post, “A Guide for Fat Cyclists,” inspired me to once again search for large size and plus size, and stylish, woman’s cycling clothing. Clearly there are millions of women out there who would like to know if such things even exist.
Sportive Plus – Clothes for Plus Sized Active Women
I discovered Sportive Plus, a clothing supplier especially for us! Sportive Plus represents a number of high quality brands. A quick tour of the site shows a large range of sports clothing, such as running, cycling, skiing, and many more. They even have a new line of plus sized swim wear. And the immediate first impression I got from the web site is that they are genuinely catering to women who look life real life women. Unlike in many sports gear shops, where the “XL” is about a size 10! The web site states that they supply clothing and accessories for active women sized 14 and larger. Encouraged, I decided to try some of their gear.
Sportive Plus was founded by Nicole DeBoom, who decided to create a company that created sports clothing for real women who wanted to exercise hard and still look good. Today, Skirt Sports is one of the very few women’s activewear brands that aims to celebrate today’s real women. They make products that range from XS to XXL (sizes zero to 22). Their products include a range of high performance sports skirts. While they are aimed primarily at runners, many of the skirts have shorts built in, and would work equally well for cycling as well.
The good people at Sportive Plus sent me a Conviction Cycling Jersey and Terry Cycling Shorts to review. Of course, I wasted no time in taking a ride with them!
Made in America
Quite surprisingly, both items were manufactured in North America! According to the website, 70% of their brands are manufactured in North America. The Conviction jersey was made in Canada, and the Terry shorts were made in the USA.
Here is a video Joe and I made on the day I reviewed this plus sized cycling gear for the first time:
Conviction Cycling Jersey
Both garments are well made of good quality fabric that is very soft against the skin. The jersey fits nicely, reaching to my hips in front and then extending over my butt in the back. Nice to know that I can lean over my handlebars without the top riding up my back. The jersey has three generous pockets in back, which easily held my sunglasses, keys, and cell phone. Best of all, this is not a form fitting garment, but it is also not baggy. The jersey skims over your body without binding at any point. I will certainly enjoy wearing this!
Terry Cycling Shorts
The elastic fitting on the thighs is wide on the Terry Cycling Shorts, and not as tight as other shorts I have worn. The waistband is wider and there is a non-elasticized section in the center-front of the shorts to provide even more comfort. I had given up on cycling shorts, favoring skorts instead. Now I have a new addition to my cycling wardrobe!
I highly recommend Sportive Plus and these products to anyone, like me, who struggles to find products for larger, curvier women who want to look great while they cycle, and be comfortable too.
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