Q36.5 are introducing a number of exciting products for the winter season. These are in the form of the Cruise Equipment, and an insulative jacket. Certain products have also been updated to incorporate ongoing refinements.
This addition comprises jerseys, an insulative vest and accessories in the form of arm, leg and knee warmers. The Cruise Equipment is designed for temperatures between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius, and aims to sustain rider comfort in a range of conditions. Q36.5 utilise a technical fabric, combined with their design expertise to achieve this performance criteria.
Their UF Active fabric is used throughout the Cruise Equipment line. It is lightweight, but has a dense, water repellent, windblocking exterior, and a fine Merino wool interior. This combination provides protection against the elements, warmth, and comfort. This is partially achieved in the way the fabric manages moisture and humidity, combined with its fast drying time.
Q36.5 place great emphasis on rider visibility, and incorporate a mix of reflective inserts and colour panels throughout the Cruise Collection. Having witnessed the effectiveness of the reflective inserts on the Jersey Long Sleeve WoolF, and WoolF Leg Warmers, I can confirm their low light/night time visibility is superb.
I have used the Jersey Long Sleeve WoolF during late summer and early Autumn, and already anticipate that the Cruise Collection will be extremely suited to the varied climate and conditions we experience in the UK.
The Jersey Long Sleeve WoolF is close fitting, and its Merino interior makes it very comfortable when worn next to skin. I combined the Jersey with Baselayer 1 (a sleeveless baselayer) also by Q36.5, and found this combination worked extremely well.
When spending long periods on the bike, the jersey seems to almost disappear, other than discretely providing protection from the surrounding conditions, and efficient pockets to carry items required for the ride. A visual reminder of the jersey’s presence, is when the bright green colour contrast panels at wrist level catch your eye.
My time using the jersey has generally had a bias towards endurance rides, although some climbing has featured. When the gradient has become more challenging, I have remained comfortable, neither feeling excessively warm, nor experiencing a build up of perspiration inside the jersey.
Q36.5 identify the jersey’s potential to ensure rider comfort when the intensity of the ride is high. Respecting the level of performance their clothing consistently provides, I am sure this will be the case.
The Air Insulation Jacket
The Air Insulation Jacket is described as a mid season and early winter item of equipment, and the warmer brother of the Hybrid Que (a long sleeve Jersey/Shell).
Q36.5 form the core of the jacket from Hybrid Air Protection fabric. This is a new,
two layer fabric. Its outer layer has windblocking and water resisting properties. The inner is a brushed loft knit jacquard, which provides warmth, and manages any moisture or vapour build up, without adding bulk to the jacket. The jacket has a water repellent treatment for improved drying time and to provide protection in wet conditions.
The Jacket has a sleek, performance orientated appearance, and it is currently offered in either black, or orange. Both incorporate reflective inserts and colour contrast panels to assist visibilty. I have the orange version, and really value the option of an eye catching colour.
When first trying the jacket for size, I noticed the collar was close fitting, and I was intrigued to learn how this would feel and perform whilst riding. Within a short time the benefit of the design became apparent, as the potential of cooling from the neck area seemed greatly reduced (it prevents cool air entering, and reduces loss of warmth retained by the new fabric).
Q36.5 incorporate their Invisible Pocket System into the rear panel of the jacket. This provides ample cargo capacity for nutrition, phone, essentials case, and more. The design ensures the pockets sit flush when not in use. A zip pocket also features.
Having used the Air Insulation Jacket on a number of occasions, it has become firm favourite. From the first ride, I noticed how comfortable it was to wear; its pre-shaped fit, combined with the stretch, and softness of the fabrics contributes greatly to this.
I have now used the Air Insulation Jacket for both flat and hilly rides, in temperatures ranging from 10 and 14 degrees Celsius. Whether climbing or holding an endurance tempo, thermal comfort has been perfect.
Q36.5 also offer a women’s version of the jacket, the Hybrid Jacket Lady. My partner has been using this item during the last 18 months, and finds it excellent for mid season and early winter cycling.
If you are looking for a mid season/early winter jacket, the Air Insulation by Q36.5 is really worth checking out.
For more information, feel free to contact me or go to www.q36-5.com
October 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm
great review 🙂
June 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm
Hi Grant, l have read with interest your review of the Hybrid Que Jersey and it appears to tick a lot of boxes. Do you know if the new model is the same or are there any changes? Also in the above article the other two products which seem interesting and similar are the Long Sleeved Woolf and the Air Insulated Jersey ,they all seem to have a similar temperature rating. So am now a bit confused, would it be possible to clarify the subtle differences in these products? My interest stems from the mixture of weather we have had this year and how hard l have found it to dress accordingly. I have used a Gabba with a lot of success in cooler temperatures with various layers on underneath, but this struggles when the temperature rises above 12 degrees and it has also lost it’s water resistance.
Kind regards lan.
June 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm
thank you for the questions relating to the Q36.5 Jackets and Jerseys.
The forthcoming Hybrid Que contains a number of features and refinements over the current version.
The new Hybrid Que looks visibly different. This comes from a new three piece collar design (which provides improved comfort and retention of warmth). The colour of the jersey is contained within the body area, and the arms are black (other than the black option, which is all black). The arms of the garment have been adjusted and feel closer fitting, particularly in the forearm. A reflective insert has been added to the rear hem for improved night time visibility.
The performance of the new Hybrid Que has been improved-This is in the form of a slightly increase in the thermal comfort. This has generally been achieved through refinements in the fabrics and their placement within the garment.
The new version does look more modern and purposeful.
Long Sleeve WoolF Jersey
This is one I have been using a lot during this Spring and Summer (I have also purchased the Short Sleeve Version and Arm Warmers)
I tend to use the Long Sleeve Jersey when the temperature is between 12 and 16 degrees (and the short sleeve version when the temperature may reach a little higher).
The Jersey provides excellent protection from cool winds, and showers. The fabric is light and very breathable (Q36.5 do not use a laminate fabric, including a membrane for the majority of their clothing, but rely on fabric weave, density, and a DWR treatment prior to weaving, to provide protect from the elements and high breathability).
The fine merino interior assist in retaining warmth even in very wet conditions-This is something I can vouch for vouch for, as I have been using the WoolF Jersey in the recent heavy showers.
I am certain the WoolF Jersey in both the long and short sleeve versions would cover the warmer conditions in which your Gabba struggles.
(More info to follow to relating to the Air Insulation Jacket)
September 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm
from what I could understand, the front of the bust is made of uf hybrid shell fabric combined with a wool insert.
the front of the sleeves, on the other hand, what material are they made of? from what I have seen they do not have a wool insert and therefore I was wondering if they had a windproof fabric composition?
what material is on the back of the jacket?
Hi, and thank you for the question..
The Hybrid Que X might best be described as an extremely high performing long sleeve jersey.
The windblocking fabrics (UF Hybrid Shell and UF Hybrid Shell light) are located to protect the chest, upper back and upper arms. Both have thermal properties, a slight brushed texture to their inner face,
and are highly breathable.
The main back and lower forearms are high wicking fabrics but with less windblock and thermal properties.
(When riding on the drops the lower forearms require slightly less windblock than the upper arm and shoulder)
From personal experience, the garment is a real favourite during the Spring and Autumn, as when combined with either a long or short sleeve Baselayer and maybe a vest, it is so versatile.
October 5, 2021 at 9:31 am
hi thank you for your review on the hybrid que x.
my question about the composition of the front and back fabric was addressed to the air insulation jacket you presented in the article.