London-based cycling label, Albion, has a new range for 2023 that blends a selection of recycled materials with sustainable fabrics across a line of men's and women's kit designed for exploring the great outdoors. The range expands this year and highlights come in the form of the All Road Pertex® Shield Rain Jacket and updated Ultralight Insulated Jacket. Both styles are complemented with a slew of technically-focused pockets and are PFC-free with no harmful fluorocarbons.
New: Albion All Road Pertex® Shield Rain Jacket
Designed for: Waterproof, windproof and packable for riding in warmer, bad or challenging weather.
Why its different: Legendary designer, Graeme Raeburn, applied his technical knowhow to the jacket, tripling up on zips. The innovative rainwear zip system sees two zips sit next to each other to provide the functionality of a double zip with the ease of use of a single zip when used in wet or other challenging conditions.
Who is it for? Ever been on a mid-summer gran fondo climbing to the roof of the world when the rain starts hammering down? Grab the All Road Pertex Shield Rain Jacket from your back pocket and keep going — light enough that you won't overheat but will keep the rain off as you ascend, and the wind from whipping your skin as your descend the col on the other side.
The best bit: The fabric is PFC-free, with no harmful fluorocarbons used in either the membrane, or the Durable Water Repellency of the fabric.
Updated: Albion Ultralight Insulated Jacket
Designed for: Three seasons of riding, long distance events.
Why its different: The sub 100g jacket is packed with insulation and has become the go-to item for riders in ultra-endurance events, thanks to its warmth-to-weight ratio.
Who is it for? Everyone — you don't have to plan a long ride to benefit from this jacket. Cold morning commutes, camp fire building, or grab it from your musette and throw it on after an evening summer race for the ride home.
Sustainable from the start
Albion's shorts and bib range is know as ABR1 and ABR1 Pocket, and are available for men and women.
Focused on endurance performance, the shorts have a race cut and a pad that is designed for long days in the saddle. The multi-panel design is supportive and there is a pocketed version with rear jacket stash pocket and side pockets for essentials.
The new summer drop includes a redesign of the Albion ABR1 Women's bibs and pocket bibs. Albion have introduced a high stretch strap system for quick and simple nature breaks without having to remove layers. Made in Italy from recycled materials, the bibs are available in three colours: black, botanical green, and navy.
The new women's shorts are race-proven by top female endurance athletes who have ridden and won The Atlas Mountain Race (2022), The Pan Celtic Race (2022), The Granguanche Audax (2023), and The Dales Divide (2023).
Albion offer a 60-day window to try the product. If you're not satisfied with the ABR1 kit during that time, you can return the product for a refund or a bib short exchange.
All Road Range
Albion describe the range as "versatile, technical cycling gear for riding on a variety of terrain, both on and off road."
For us at Condor, Albion's All Road fits in the categories of performance riding and endurance racing.
All Road Jersey
Available in pared back tonal colours. The jersey is constructed from high gauge fabric that is designed to have an aerodynamic fit that sits next to skin. The fabric wicks sweat away from the skin and promote airflow so that your body can continue to cool itself in even the hottest conditions. The low volume collar keeps fuss and fabric to a minimum to feel like it is barely there.
The is a long sleeve version for riding in cooler spring and autumn temperatures, which you could even layer up for mild winter weather.
New colourways of existing best sellers in the All Road Short Sleeve Jersey have been added for 2023.
All Road Baselayers
To really keep the summer sweat from building up, Albion have introduced All Road Baselayers, a close fitting mesh layer made from, you've guessed it, recycles fibres. The standout is the wide neck that provides a low volume fit that won't interfere with your high tempo riding.
All Road Merino
If you've not heard of merino then here's a quick summary. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter with natural antibacterial properties. It isn't as lightweight as mesh based garments but temperatures 5c to 25c it really works hard and feels great against the skin. It is a wonder fabric for outdoor activities and exploring.
Available in riding t-shirt as baselayers. T-Shirt is suited to riders who don't like the feel of close to the skin jerseys or want kit they can feel more relaxed in when stopping off for lunch or dinner on a long ride.
True to form, Albion have used a sustainable non-mulesing merino wool yarn, it is a more expensive way to produce merino wool but also a cruelty free.
Albion Unisex All Road Merino Riding T-Shirt
Relaxed fit T-shirt for on and off the bike & made in Italy.
Albion Men's All Road Short Sleeve Jersey
Lightweight short sleeve cycling jersey made from recycled fabrics.
Albion ABR1 Women's Pocket Bib Shorts
Women's specific shorts with rear and side pockets for your essentials.
If the All Road collection is about covering ground, Zoa is a collection to explore the ground beneath you.
Zoa is designed to allow explorers to stay outdoors for longer without compromising on protection. Albion achieved this by working with technical fabric manufacturer, Pertex®, using their Shield Air and Pertex® Quantum materials. Not heard of Pertex? You'll find it used by sustainable outdoor brands such as Peak Performance, Patagonia and Rab.
The Zoa range consists of hooded and insulated jackets, hooded shell jackets, and corresponding waterproof trousers. The aim is to bridge the gap between cold and warm weather conditions, and help riders to explore into the mountains of Britain and beyond.
The lightweight insulated jacket is complemented with a slew of technically-focused pockets. Additionally, the garments are also hit with overarching hoods and a series of pull strings that allow for adaptable fits.
The Albion Zoa Rain Trousers are not only waterproof but often you'll catch the team at Albion wearing them as everyday kit because of their comfortable, tailored fit and breathable credentials. Designed for bike-packing and mountain biking, many kit reviewers wore their trousers on hikes and commutes.
At 289g the trousers are reasonably light, and they pack down small enough to slip into a bag. The Reverse coil YKK Aquaguard zips go up to the knee to make it really easy to put the trousers on without taking off road shoes (should you get caught in a downpour). Plus, there is reflective trim and a rear seat guard to add durability in the saddle.
The Burner & Burner Musette
One of the most popular items in the Zoa range is their Burner, a simple idea based on the tradition of racing cyclists putting a newspaper down their jersey before descending.
Albion added the Burner Musette for 2023, which is an insulated carrying bag that can be worn across the rider’s front as well as an additional protective layer for added warmth. In addition, the bag is crafted from 100% recycled Pertex Quantum face fabric and Primaloft Gold Eco Insulation, and also features an adjustable, removable, stablising strap system.
Repair Kit & Accessories
Albion are committed to repairing products for free to keep them going for as long as possible. "That is essential to our mission of helping people stay outside for longer", says Jack, Albion co-founder.
If you have a piece of non-Albion kit, the brand have created woven repair patches to apply to your favourite jacket, gilet or outerwear to keep that going for as long as possible, too.
Socks, Merino Hats and Warmers
Albion have complemented their new 2023 range with a few choice items, all made in Italy. The stand out items are their merino riding caps and Elan wool beanie, plus a range of lightweight socks in colours that blend perfectly with their signature orange jacket and jerseys.