Indola brings African style to the singletrack

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Indola's shirts now have a detachable hip pack (Image credit: Indola)

Indola has redesigned its iconic African themed riding shirts.

If you are planning to ride in hot and dry conditions these Indola African shirts are designed to keep you cool and comfortable.

Developing in the most testing African conditions, an Indola button-up riding shirt will serve you well in the harshest high-temperature conditions. A peak summer development journey from Malawi to Zambia shaped many of the Indola African riding shirt’s details.

Ventilation is a crucial issue in warm weather riding and Indola’s choice of buttons have a definite advantage over the conventional front-zip in this respect. The African shirt’s fit is loose, to facilitate superior airflow, and Indola uses a cotton woven fabric for comfort.

Ergonomics and storage are where Indola has shown a deep understanding of rider preferences and design awareness. The front pocket sits low on this African riding shirt, to secure your smartphone or other small item valuables. 

By placing the pocket in a low position, Indola has avoided that annoying Smartphone-bounce effect, which can become infuriating with a higher pocket placement, if you are descending technical singletrack in the heat. 

A notable feature of Indola’s 2020 model year African riding shirt, is its detachable hip pack, which increases stowage volume and convenience. 

Mountain bikers have realised that backpacks are often overkill and can be terribly uncomfortable, especially in hot conditions, where they create a radiation zone. With the detachable hip pack, you have an option to carry additional items, at a much lower centre of gravity than any backpack.

Although the construction, fabric choice and ventilation properties are what make these Indola riding shirts excellent in sweltering conditions, their signature feature are those fantastically African designs.

Sourcing the very best inspiration from Africa’s vivid colour sensibility and shweshwe patterning, there are 16 designs to choose from. If you are seeking a proven warm weather riding shirt for summer 2020, with some splendidly unique design themes, Indola’s new garment is set to retail for £58. 

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.