Machines For Freedom is one of the few cycling apparel companies that embrace any size rider and offers high-quality, fashionable gear in extended sizes from XXS to 3XL. And they also use models on their website that reflect the wide range of body types that enjoy biking.
Recently the company sent me a sampling of their new gear to test and review. Below are my thoughts on the items.
Endurance Cycling Jersey 2.0
Color: Crimson Smoke, Blue Moss, Licorice, Midnight Bloom
With the introduction of their Endurance Jersey 2.0, MFF took an awesome top and made it even better. Not only are the patterns beautiful, I tested the Crimson Smoke, but the quality is excellent.
The 2.0 version is body-hugging with 4-way stretch fabric with compression, so if you don’t like the tighter fit, size up at least one size. The fabric is UPF 50+ and has excellent moisture management, wicking sweat away from your body. In addition, MFF added mesh side panels and a full zip front to aid in cooling as temps heat up.
There’s plenty of storage, too, with three rear pockets and a fourth zipped pocket for valuables. Small, reflective details are on the lower portion of the pockets for added visibility in low-light situations.
It’s essential to feel good and look good in your gear. I received compliments every time I wore this jersey, and I’m sure you will, too.
The All Weather Vest
Color: Watermelon, Citronella, Black
MMF completely redesigned The All Weather Vest with a new lighter and softer fabric along with wind-resistant and water-resistant protection. What makes this vest unique is the 4-way stretch fabric. Most cycling vests I’ve tried have little to no stretch. This vest fabric is nice because it accommodates a variety of additional layers depending if there’s a slight chill in the air or it’s cold.
The laser-perforated underarms provide added ventilation to keep you from overheating. And when the temperatures heat up, this vest easily rolls up to fit in a jersey pocket. Speaking of pockets, the vest has two extra-large rear pockets with a top flap for added security. And like the jersey, reflective elements are on the back for added visibility.
Everyday Cycling Short
I rarely wear cycling shorts except for under MTB shorts; I prefer bibs. But I took one for the team and tested MMF’s Everyday Cycling Short. Initially, the company accidentally sent me the wrong size, so I gave them to my friend Jenn to try while I waited for a replacement.
The soft fabric, UPF 50+, and medium leg compression were something we both liked. We also agreed the chamois needed a little more padding up front. Jenn is a triathlete and primarily rides her aero bars, so there needs to be more protection for the soft tissue.
Other features that made these shorts comfortable included a yoga-inspired waistband for comfort and no muffin top. The seamless silicone leg grippers eliminate sausage leg.
Machines For Freedom’s new version of their popular gear is spot on. Fashion, function, quality, and inclusivity of sizes make them a favorite in my book.
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.