At a glance
Price: 69,99 GBP (Shorts) 34,99 GBP (SS Jersey)Buy Jerseys on
The Spada Whistler jersey is a lightweight breathable jersey made of 100% polyester. It has a loose fit with a slightly longer back adapted for riding. The Pro shorts are made of 95% nylon and 5% spandex, are compatible with kneepads and have zipper pockets.
Spada might be a fresh name to your ears, but if you’re at home in the motorcycle world you know the West Midlands based company has been designing softgoods for years. With plenty of experience under their belt they sat down with MTB legend Scott Beaumont and designed their first line of mountain bike clothing.
Starting with the jersey, we received their Whistler short sleeve shirt for review. Sizing and fit is spot on with a slightly longer back for when you’re hunched over the bars. The baggy style facilitates ease of movement and the material is woven for optimal moisture wicking. When things got warm and sweaty, the shirt did not get that ‘soaked’ look and with just a few minutes in the sun it dried out quickly. Another bonus is that the shirt doesn’t have huge labels sewn inside. To make sure if fits the jerseys come in 5 sizes ranging from S to XXL.
The shorts are alway a little more exciting and a place where you can show off some common sense and Tech. Sizing wise, the Spada’s fit a bit larger than average. The stretchy waist bands with velcro do a good job of keeping the shorts in place, but keep this in mind when ordering. Ventilation wise, there are laser cut vent holes in the inner thigh area, and a nice stretchy panel at the lower back just below the waistband made from a highly venting mesh material.
Main material for the shorts is a two way stretch fabric. Great for comfort and compared to a 4 way stretch fabric it keeps its shape a lot better too. The rear of the shorts have a different weave, to offer more grip on your saddle, and add to the life expectancy. On the front you have a double push button and zipper closure, two side pockets big enough to stash your phone and with zippers to prevent you from losing stuff.
Out on the trail
For a new brand to the MTB market, Spada sure did a smashing job. Colorwise they are currently limited to black and the blue grayish Orion color pictured, classy but without being too flashy. The fit is on the baggy side at least for the shorts but that makes them very comfortable to wear. With pockets deep enough to stash a phone, they get top marks in the storage department too.
I tend to rate clothing on how often I take them out of the closet, and the Spada kit was one on heavy rotation. The fabrics kept well over multiple washings too and none of the stitchings came undone either.
Overall I think Spada did a smashing job on their new MTB kit especially when you keep the price point in perspective. At the moment, there are limited colorways available, but I am sure this will change over time. When ordering keep in mind that the shorts are on the larger side of the spectrum, but that's the only remark I can make.Buy Jerseys on
This review was in Issue 72 of IMB.For more information visit SPADA
By Jarno HooglandJarno's life has revolved around two wheels ever since he swung a leg over his first BMX at age 4. After a BMX and DH racing career, he moved on to work for bike shops, distributors and brands before ending up in the editors seat at IMB. Based in the ultimate testing ground in the Swiss mountains, he runs his guiding operation and makes sure every IMB issue is filled with top notch content.