Review: Le Coq Sportif Casual Apparel Spring 2016

Many new 'casual cycle apparel' brands have established themselves with the sole aim of producing clothing for off-the-bike wear. Le Coq Sportif by contrast, has an unquestionable heritage in the world of cycling; both for producing iconic riding jerseys, as well as post-sport casual clothing.

Le Coq Sportif have been the makers of the Maillot Jaune since 1951, bar a few hiatus years. The French brand has an unquestionable association with the sport, and their apparel has graced the shoulders of many 'Kings of Cycling'. I too have worn, and been impressed by their riding kit; have a read of my review on the Le Coq Sportif Premium Jersey, from last summer.

In this post, I look at their latest range of casual sportswear: including shoes, a polo, sweater and tech pants. Although the range doesn't claim to be cycling specific in any way, it has a style that resonates well with the peloton's fashion. I have also been so thoroughly impressed by the fit and quality of the kit, that I thought it was worth sharing on Life In The Saddle.



Le Coq Sportif Palos Polo

First up, this classic polo shirt. It is made of a luxuriously thick cotton, and has a super trim fit; which is perfect for a cyclist's physique. The styling, particularly the collar and co-ordinated sleeves, is very akin to cycling jerseys of a by-gone era.

Available in a whole host of colours, so you can choose its personality as much as you would your favourite cycling jersey. This is going to be a staple piece in my wardrobe this summer.



Le Coq Sportif Tech Pants and Tech Full Zip Sweater

A comfortable pair of joggers (or tech pants, if you're not a jogger), are fantastic for après-ride wear. They will keep your legs warm and comfortable, after those hard efforts on the bike. The trouble is, most jogging bottoms out there are made for wider thighs, and not for the spindly legs of your typical cyclist. These Tech Pants from Le Coq Sportif are slimmer fitting than most, though, and incredibly comfortable.

To accompany the Tech Pants, the Tech Full Zip Sweater is a great partner. Equally slim fitting, soft and well made, it provides great post-ride comfort. I am also a big fan of the smaller detailing on the pants and sweater, like the Tricolour braided trim on pockets and the screen-printed logos; they add a touch of heritage and class.



Le Coq Sportif Dynacomf CFT 2 Tons/Suede and Bolivar Craft Denim/Suede shoes

Finally, my favourite piece of the new line-up, the shoes.

I have a bit of a thing for a nice pair of shoes, and I have bought numerous pairs of Le Coq Sportif trainers in the past. They have a certain unique look and feel to them, which is almost akin to a cycling shoe in detailing and shape. Discrete, yet bold. Subtle, yet stylish. Comfortable, durable and unique. A list of attributes, which I have yet to really discover in another brand of casual sports-inspired footwear.

The Dynacomf CFT 2 Tons/Suede are a particular favourite, and the two tone suede and canvas look is elegant, simple and smart. They are beautifully made, and have great subtle detailing; like how the logo patch embroidered on the sides features tricolour stitching, signalling Le Coq Sportif heritage.

The Bolivar Craft Denim/Suede are a smarter option, and look great with pale chinos or tech pants. They are an ideal footwear piece, whether you're on the bike, nipping around town; or in the office with a smart casual outfit. The denim/suede combination is a great all-seasons choice.



Overall, this is undoubtedly great quality, great looking kit from the French brand. For those that know the history of Le Coq Sportif in the professional peloton, you will truly appreciate the finer detailing, subtle styling and classic material choices.

This is casual, comfortable kit; which warrants kudos and respect for its heritage.
The Le Coq Sportif Tech Full Zip Sweater comes in navy and grey colour schemes

The detailing, like the tricolour flag on the pockets, is what makes Le Coq Sportif stand out

Warmth, for those cooler spring days

Great kit for spring conditions

Le Coq Sportif - a logo with a wealth of heritage 

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