It’s been a busy couple of years for Angry Pablo. While things may have started with socks and base layers that were born out of the idea of making cycling clothing a little more fun, the last 12 months have seen the brand expand into activewear and cycling clothing. Angry Pablo has now assertively thrown its hat into the ring as a brand to watch in the growing sportswear industry, aimed at those looking to add some style and character to their activewear.
Founded by friends Jago Leckie and Felix English, both former English athletes competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Track Cycling Games, Angry Pablo is definitely a brand that isn’t afraid to do things differently. While manufacturers of cycling kit often compete to create the highest performance clothing with the greatest technological advances, Angry Pablo is designed with the aim of making people feel a certain way when wearing it. It’s about being part of a community and offering newcomers to the sport a less intimidating and more joyful way to get involved in cycling, away from marginal gains and aerodynamics.
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While both Leckie and English talk about the fact that Angry Pablo is more than just a performance, they still claim that every detail has been looked at to ensure that the kit works and looks good. As a former professional cyclist, the Englishman believes he knows what he wants from his gear, making him a perfect Review bed when Angry Pablo designed his first riding collection earlier this year . Both speak of endless factory visits and painstaking deliberations over the fabrics that went into creating the shirt, shorts and vest that form the core of Angry Pablo’s riding offering.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been putting the Angry Pablo cycling gear to the Review. While most of us can get behind the brand’s ethos, is it as functional as it is fashionable?
Angry Pablo EarthTone Cycling Jersey – £120
A crucial element of a good cycling outfit, especially in the summer months, is a high-quality jersey that looks as good as it feels. Angry Pablo offers the EarthTone Jersey to fit that bill, one of the flagship products in the brand’s new cycling range. I tested the shirt in a khaki green that Angry Pablo calls the “Woodland” colorway and found it to be a great option for both road and gravel – it offered a bit of visibility on the road without being too much noisy Angry Pablo branding is minimal with just a small logo on the chest, keeping the shirt looking premium and understated.
When it comes to fit, I tried a size small – I usually wear a medium in women’s specific gear, but Angry Pablo currently only offers unisex fits on their shirts, which I was skeptical about at first. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the fit – it felt comfortable and wasn’t too long on the torso, as can often be the case with a unisex item. I would have preferred slightly shorter sleeves on the arms, which I think would be achieved with a women’s specific fit, but that’s a personal preference. The sleeve edge doesn’t feel particularly premium – I think the shirt could be elevated if the sleeves were laser cut or had reinforced edges to keep them crisp and in place. Overall, though, the jersey fits the race without being too restrictive, striking a good balance on tough but multi-hour rides.
While fitted, the shirt is breathable and sweat-wicking well, although be aware that the Woodland color visibly picks up sweat stains, if that bothers you. The material feels light, but is heavier than other summer shirts I own; it would be nice to see Angry Pablo offer an even lighter version with some mesh panels in the future to help with extra ventilation, the current offering seems to be the best fit. to a British summer, rather than extremely hot temperatures. The zip on the front of the shirt feels sturdy and durable – it’s easy to pull up and down to increase breathability when needed.
My favorite feature of the EarthTone shirt is the innovative reflective and water resistant pocket on the back, a perfect example of why it’s important for new brands like Angry Pablo to come out and offer something different. The zip along the top of the pocket gave me confidence that items like my phone or keys were being kept safe and also allowed peace of mind during rain showers that any electricity was fully protected. It allowed for extra storage space for snacks and spares, something that was an asset for all-day adventures, which is exactly when I felt this shirt was at home.
Angry Pablo EarthTone Women’s Pool Shorts – £140
Having tried on countless pairs of shorts during my time as a cyclist, it’s become clear to me that shorts are perhaps the most subjective item in cycling kit – what works for one simply won’t work for others. others I personally had a couple of issues with the fit of the Angry Pablo women’s knickers, I found them a bit restrictive in the material and too long on the leg for my liking. While the straps allowed me plenty of room and flexibility, the material of the shorts seemed to lack the elasticity to allow for a full, comfortable range of motion. For riders with longer legs, this might not be an issue and I’d say they’re a good choice if you often struggle with shorts being too short.
Also, the chamois in the EarthTone shorts was incredibly comfortable, even on rides that exceeded four hours. I experienced no irritation, nor did I struggle to get used to the feel of the chamois; I felt supported during my travels. The mesh material used on the straps and body of the shorts meant they were breathable and certainly didn’t add any bulk to my outfit, and I liked the Angry Pablo branding that ran down the side of the thigh. It was also a nice touch that the Angry Pablo logo was carried on the inside of the hem of the shorts; if you want to roll up your shorts to avoid tan lines, this is a great feature to show off.
Once again, I was impressed with the extra features of the shorts when it comes to storage. As with the shirt, there’s a water-resistant back pocket that gives you the option to wear the shorts next to a shirt and stay short for storage (Angry Pablo also offers a large selection of casual and training shirts) and there’s a zip at the top of the pocket to protect valuables. This additional feature makes the EarthTone shorts a good choice for gravel and multi-day trips where additional options for storing your tools and food are an asset. Specifically, for the women’s version of the shorts, an easy pee option would be welcome to get nature dealt with a little more quickly; this is something that would be great to see Angry Pablo add in future versions.
Angry Pablo EarthTone Sleeveless Underwear – £40
Base layers are often thought of as an unimportant piece of cycling kit, but they can actually serve a crucial purpose in keeping you cool and dry on tough rides. The material of the Angry Pablo EarthTone Tank Top surprised me at first for a garment that is described as breathable and moisture-regulating; it was a far cry from the skimpy, mesh numbers sold by other cycling clothing brands.
However, I loved the soft feel of the material as soon as I put on the EarthTone base layer and was impressed with the fit despite it being another unisex item. Because it’s a bit thicker than regular lightweight underwear, the base layer is a great option for adding another layer on chilly mornings when you expect the temperature to rise later in the day. While it does the job of keeping out the cold early on, the wool and recycled yarn blend Angry Pablo uses is also quick-drying and breathable as temperatures rise. Once again, the branding on the EarthTone Undervest is perfect, with the Angry Pablo logo appearing on the center of the chest, visible when the shirt is slightly open. The fact that the shirt isn’t a thin mesh material also makes it more versatile – I’d feel comfortable going out in the summer wearing this when hiking or hiking in the heat.
Angry Pablo EarthTone All-Purpose Padded Vest – £150
The only outerwear item currently available from Angry Pablo in the brand’s first limited riding collection is the EarthTone Multi-Purpose Padded Vest. Of all the items offered by the Brighton-based company, I found the Chalet to be the most unique and had the potential to become a must-have piece in any cyclist’s wardrobe that stands out from what others currently offer marks
The construction of the EarthTone vest is unique, the front section offers a thicker, windproof panel while the back is made up of a fine mesh layer. This combination of fabrics works great when riding: the front protects the chest from the elements, while the back dissipates heat and keeps things cool and breathable. Taking this gym out of my pocket and putting it on before long descents has been a real game changer on my rides, especially in unpredictable conditions. It feels like a warm hug on the front of your body and the high collar ensures you’re fully protected from the wind. My only wish would be a two-way zipper so the gym could be unzipped without it moving both downhill and flat.
The gym packs easily into a small bag making it especially handy for bike trips and has the same water-resistant pocket seen on the EarthTone shirt. I think Angry Pablo has successfully targeted riders looking for functionality over high performance with this vest – it’s certainly not the most aerodynamic option, but it does a fantastic job of keeping you warm and can use in a wide range of conditions. Like the base layer, it’s also an item that can be used off the bike for hiking, walking or just casual wear, making it a worthwhile investment.
Angry Pablo is a brand that is trying new things and seems to be successfully breaking the mold of traditional cycling clothing with fresh thinking and innovative ideas. This primarily results in extremely useful and practical cycling kit that is also affordably priced for the everyday cyclist. Like anything new on the market, I think there have been some teething issues, especially in fit and sizing specifically from a female perspective, but with a few minor tweaks these could easily be resolved. It might not be the kit of choice for the super-serious, high-performance cyclists amongst us, but if you’re looking to support a young, fresh and brave company with a great ethos, culture, strong sustainability message and a really cool brand , Angry Pablo is the perfect choice.