- Wicking and quick-drying fabric regulates body temperature
- Versatile and fashionable, wear alone or as a baselayer
- Thin fabric does not add bulk under clothing
- Next to skin soft merino wool
- Made in the USA
- Make Mine Now policy eliminates waste. When you buy it, they make it.
- Lifecycle Guarantee – Company stands behind its products. If you don’t love it, return it.
- Crash Policy – Company will try to fix damage from a crash at a reasonable charge.
- For warmth, the crew neck is a bit open
Price: $125.00 MSRP
Colors: Black Heather, Blue Ash, Cedar, Black, Titanium, Oxblood Heather
Fit: Runs a little big
How Obtained: Company sample
RBR Sponsor: No
Style and Performance On or Off the Bike
I was not familiar with the Kitsbow brand when their rep approached me to review a few of their products. The founders originally started the company to produce mountain bike gear they couldn’t find on the market. They soon realized that the gear they were producing could be worn both on or off the bike. That’s exactly what the Lory Merino Top is all about.
This baselayer is designed to be worn on its own or under another layer. Thoughtful details include four snap closures at the neckline for easy on/off or added ventilation. The raglan sleeve provides easy movement on the bike and reduces seaming that might cause chafing. A slightly longer back hem and sleeve length gives a little more coverage when bending over the bars.
The construction of the merino wool (35%) uses a different yarn on either side of the fabric (known as a bi-component knit), creating the optimal hybrid for athletic endeavors and maximum comfort. The merino wool is next to the skin and provides warmth even when wet. The wool has great wicking properties to keep you dry and to regulate body temperature. The outer synthetic fabric helps to ensure perspiration dries quickly and also adds durability.
I wore the Lory top both on its own and under a cycling jersey. When I wore it alone, I did get cold because the crew neckline did not capture heat. If I added a neck gaiter or scarf, I was much more comfortable. But I do have to admit, I run cold no matter what temperature it is outside.
The true test to its warmth and wicking properties is when I’d wear it as a baselayer fat biking in temp below freezing. After one particular ride, we were an hour’s drive from home. Usually, I’d change out of my clothes right away but we were running late. To my surprise, the Lory top was completely dry, keeping me comfortable and warm all the way home.
As far a sizing goes, order your regular size if you plan to wear it on its own. If planning to wear it as a baselayer, size down for a close to body fit.
What Makes Kitbow Unique
Kitbow is more than just superior craftsmanship and timeless design, it’s about made in the USA, Make Mine Now, and a Crash Policy. The made to order apparel is sewn in their Old Fort, North Carolina factory which is available for tours (may not be available at this time). Make Mine Now means when you purchase it, they make it. This process eliminates the number of unused garments and waste. Production time ranges from a day to a week with the company staying in touch with customers via email to keep them informed.
Their Crash Policy states that if they will repair the item for a reasonable charge. If it can’t be repaired, Kitsbow will get you back into their gear some other way.
Multi-use is always key when gear costs a little more. The Kitsbow Lory Merino Top is perfect for on or off the bike. The fabric wicks moisture keeping you dry and comfortable by regulating your temperature. Made to order and a great return policy lets you buy with confidence.
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Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.