• 12-27-2004
    2farfwd
    Bouré Bicycle Clothing - Feedback please
    Anyone ever order any cycling clothing from this company? If so, is it quality stuff?
    I am having a hard time finding winter riding gear in XXL or XL Tall sizes and this company makes some big stuff and has some custom sizing options. Just looking for any feedback? Thanks.
  • 12-27-2004
    ignazjr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2farfwd
    Anyone ever order any cycling clothing from this company? If so, is it quality stuff?
    I am having a hard time finding winter riding gear in XXL or XL Tall sizes and this company makes some big stuff and has some custom sizing options. Just looking for any feedback? Thanks.

    It's good stuff. Boure is out of Durango, CO. Ned Overend is a principle interest in the company as well. I don't have any Boure stuff, but some of my buddies do. It has lasted them forever.
  • 12-28-2004
    ttvrdik
    Bouré Bicycle Clothing
    My favorite riding clothing. Very helpful people
  • 12-28-2004
    Debaser
    I have a pretty thick fleece jacket (with a windproof front) that I purchased, oh, about 7 years ago. It's recently been put into semi-retirement, due mostly to the zipper finally
    starting to go. I still break it out when it's super cold.

    Nice and warm, quality seems very good.
  • 12-28-2004
    grundy
    I have a pair of arm warmers and knee warmers that I purchased from them several years ago. Other than some crash-induced holes in the knee warmers, they're still going strong. Good fit, soft comfortable, long lasting material... good stuff.
  • 12-28-2004
    Tig
    I only own a jersey from them so far, which I love.

    Here's a write up from RoadBikeRider.com's Fred Matheny (one of the writers of Bicycling Magizine back when it was actually good):


    HOT!
    Custom fit
    Personal Service
    High-quality materials and construction

    not!
    Minimalist chamois

    I shouldn’t need custom shorts. In most respects I’m about as dead-average as you can get: 5-foot-10, 160 pounds.

    But due to a youth spent doing heavy squats for football, my quads are disproportionately large. Not that these big guns give me an advantage on the bike. They’re large, but they don’t go around very fast.

    My theory: Large legs only increase the number of pain receptors.

    These hefty thighs create a problem when I buy shorts. I'm the only guy in my racing club who orders team shorts in size XL. They fit around my thighs but bag in the seat and waist. That’s a big problem because a chamois that slides around can increase friction that leads to saddle sores.

    So when I rode in Durango, Colorado, at Boure Bike Week in 2003, company founder Drew Bourey offered to make me a pair of custom bib shorts. I sent him my measurements and the result came several days later -- a size medium body with XXL leg openings. Finally, shorts that fit!

    Bourey says custom shorts are a big part of his business. He can fit 350-pounders, riders of NBA height and diminutive cyclists who want shorts that end mid-thigh, not below their knees. Boure custom shorts cost 25% more than its stock shorts, ranging in price to $125, depending on the style.

    A great fit extends to the bib straps, too. They're the right length to prevent the shorts from bagging, but not so snug that I feel like I'm getting a wedgie every time I bend over.

    Tough, Too

    Boure custom shorts are detailed, high-end garments using top-of-the line fabric and stitching. You don’t give up durability for fit.

    One example: I wore the shorts all week at a cycling camp, washing them in the sink each evening. Boure instructions say not to wring them by hand, but in a motel, what choice do you have? So I squeezed out excess water and rolled them in a towel. Then I stood on the end of the towel and twisted it to remove the last drops from the fabric. The shorts help up fine to six such treatments -- no broken threads or split seams.

    One caution: The chamois, an antibacterial pad, may not be what you've become accustomed to in other shorts. It's smaller and thinner than some manufacturers provide, and it lacks the cut-outs and reliefs that have become standard.

    The chamois size is adequate for me and quite comfortable, but bigger riders, or those using thinly padded saddles, might feel different. On the plus side, if you’re on tour and washing shorts each night, the Boure chamois dries significantly faster than thicker models.

    To order, check the Boure website where there’s a list of measurements you can e-mail to the company. Turnaround time is about four days, and Boure will tweak the fit without extra charge if you feel it isn't quite right. The company then keeps your measurements on file for future orders.

    I liked my sample shorts so much that I bought another pair.
  • 12-28-2004
    2farfwd
    Thanks For the Feedback
    Thanks everyone for the great feedback, I'll give them a shot.