Café Du Cycliste’s collection brings race cut classic French style with numerous modern details to give a well thought out premium kit, suitable for ‘la fournaise’ (or ‘the furnace’) as summer looms.

The Fleurette Lightweight Jersey ($180) is optimised specially for those hot, humid summer days. The 130g khaki Fleurette jersey suits long rides throughout the year for much of Australia. Made in Europe from a light, breathable Italian fabric, special care has been made to ensure that the kit still remains versatile. Its race cut, while form fitting, is not overly compressive - lending itself to all-day comfort on and off the bike.

The sleeves are missing silicon grippers, but this ties in well with the less restrictive nature of the kit. While many lightweight jerseys are plagued with smaller, weak pockets prone to deforming, Café du Cycliste avoids this by subtle internal reinforcing bands. Deep pockets also meant there never was the risk of items being ejected. Spares, a phone, food and a thin gilet on those cooler starts were all able to be fitted, which was commendable.

After several wash cycles the jersey held its shape remarkably well considering the emphasis on lightweight fabrics. A zipped valuables pocket and cable management system was also a nice addition. Additionally, for those worried about the colour blending in to scenery, two reflective tabs adorn the back of the jersey for safety.

The muted khaki and maroon tones of the Striped Socks ($27) blend well with the Fleurette jersey to give a stylish pairing. With a lightly compressive fabric, the socks stay put. A breathable upper was well suited to summer rides, and quickly wicked perspiration and water for those rainy days.