Women's Osloh Jeans
Women's Osloh Jeans
Osloh produce a range of bicycle jeans for both men and women. The Porteur comes in either a navy cavalry twill or a dark indigo denim and is slim-fitting.
As someone who finds buying jeans a bit of a headache due to my taller than average height of 5ft 8", I was surprised and delighted to find that the Porteur's largest size of 32 with an inside leg of 32 fitted me perfectly, in fact better than a lot of my other jeans. Women's cycle clothing is often way too small, even for somebody of average build such as myself, and often seems to have been designed with petite Italian or French racing cyclists in mind, rather than ordinary mortals.
The bike-specific features of these jeans include a padded gusset, an adjustable waistband, extra binding on the seams, a double-line pocket for a mobile phone and a reinforced button fly. The bicycle wheel embroidery is a nice touch. The jeans are very comfortable to ride in and the slim fit means you don't have to worry about the bottoms getting caught in the chain so you can go straight from office chair or coffee shop chair to bicycle saddle. They also look and feel like a normal pair of jeans.
The padding in cycle clothing sometimes feels awkward when you're off the bike but when wearing the Osloh's I forgot about it and could wear them all day at work without feeling like I had a nappy on! I wouldn't recommend wearing them on the bike with anything other than a very thin other layer underneath, however, as this could cause chafing. Obviously it's better to wear nothing with a padded gusset but not sure how that would work if you wanted to wear them every day or more than once. As they are expensive at around £150 a pair, you will want to get the most value per wear out of them!
Although pricey, the Porteurs feel like they would last a very long time so probably represent very good value for money. I look forward to seeing more women-specific products in the range in the future.
Review by Julie Rand.