Voler (pronounced vo-LAY) really stepped up their game this year by sponsoring the UnitedHealthcare Pro Team. They designed kits that met and exceeded the demands of professional riders and they also learned a lot about their own designs in the process. The expertise gained from this venture, combined with premium fabrics, some of which developed by Voler themselves, has resulted in a product set to rival Castelli, Rapha and the other Italian titans of cycling livery alike. With Pro Tour quality at a club team price, Voler’s Black Label cycling collection may just be your new favorite kit.
Voler is known for making great looking, comfortable apparel for cyclists. In fact they make all the Art’s Cyclery cycling apparel. With Black Label, the custom designs and color schemes fade to black but the commitment to quality stays the same. Black Label will only be offered in all-black or black with red accents so here’s hoping you like the murdered out look. Voler focused on using high-performance fabrics for both the Black Label jerseys and bibs to make them top of the line in terms of both function and form.
The bibs use primarily Italian Forza HC (high-compression) polyester in the main body of the garment and Illusion fabric on the bib straps, resulting in a bib short that is breathable where you need it to be and comfortable everywhere. It features flat seams to minimize chafe, reflective accents to keep you visible, a comfortable comp HP chamois pad and their silicon-less gripper for a consistent comfortable fit around your thigh.
Voler wanted the Black Label jersey to be lightweight, durable and breathable, three characteristics that are often at odds with each other. They eventually utilized their own US made fabric called Genesis blend to get the job done. The Blacked out jersey features more reflective accents, the new PowerBand arm cuff for a comfortable fit around the bicep, a full zipper, 3 rear pockets and one zippered reflective pocket and a redesigned waist finish with gripper. This all amounts to a jersey with a fit that is slightly more roomy than a race-cut but still retains very professional styling and aerodynamics.
The Black Label products looks great, feel great, and the cost is great. The Italians better sleep with one eye open because even though 2013 was a big year for Voler, the Grover Beach based company is bringing out the Black Label to toast yet another one to come.