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We have tested Danish ES16's gravel-specific collection, which offers an eye-catching design.

The Danish cycling clothing brand ES16 was founded by Thomas Dybdahl from Aarhus in 2016. ES16, which is designed and developed in Denmark, makes team clothing for, among other things, cycling clubs, cycling teams and companies, but also has a wide range of cycling clothing for sale on their website. Velomore has tested the Danish brand's collection of cycling clothing for gravel.

ES16 have their clothes produced by Czech Kalas, who, among other things, supply clothes to the World Tour team Alpecin-Deceuninck. This is cycling clothing of really good quality. It fits well on the body and the material feels nice and durable.

The tested bibs, Tempus, are the top model from ES16 and are made with a focus on comfort and a tight fit. The shorts are made with side panels that adapt to the body, which means they sit really well around the legs. They fit snugly without being too stiff and uncomfortable. We have tested the bibs over a longer period on both short and longer trips and they work optimally even on long trips in the saddle. They look good, they fit well (even after several washes) and they do not bother in any way. The pad in the pants is really comfortable. It provides maximum comfort and protection and you almost don't notice it's there.

We have tested two tops – a short and a long-sleeved jersey. The shirts are made in a checked pattern and we love it. Some might think that the variegated and colorful look is just over the top, but here at the editorial office, the look arouses enthusiasm.

The fit of the jerseys is on the tight side. Both jerseys are made with elastic inserts under the arms, which ensures a good anatomical fit and the laser-cut ends on the sleeves of the short-sleeved jersey mean that the jersey fits well around the arms. The jersey is not aerodynamic as such – does it even need to be on gravel? – but nevertheless sits well and tightly in the right places.

The long-sleeved jersey is made of an elastic material throughout and therefore fits well around the entire upper body. Its fit is a bit more aerodynamic than the fit of the short-sleeved jersey, which means they are relatively tight. We have tested both jerseys in a size M, but could have had the long-sleeved jersey in a size L.

According to ES16, the long-sleeved jersey is suitable for temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees. And although it is probably not completely wrong, it is at the lower end of the temperature spectrum that it does best. The shirt has worked well on the early trips in the capricious Danish summer weather, but I would like to think that it will also easily be used in the spring and autumn with a thin shirt underneath.

In addition to shorts and jerseys, we have tested ES16's socks for gravel, Fast Marino Blue GRVL, and their quick-drying undershirt, Sleeveless mesh base layer. Both parts have been a good acquaintance and the socks in particular have become a favorite both on the gravel and on the country road.

With the GRVL collection, Danish ES16 presents a delicious and functional selection of clothing for gravel cycling that can also easily be used on the road if you are into bright and eye-catching colours. It looks good, it fits well and it performs as it should.

See the clothes here: GRVL –


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