One of the companies we made a point to seek out at Interbike was DannyShane. This was primarily because in a sport that has often exemplified tacky design, we liked their aesthetic. It’s hard to describe without making it sound dorky, but DannyShane gear seems to have a “golf-inspired” look to it. In other words, sporty, colorful but refined. Since some say “cycling is the new golf,” maybe that’s not a bad thing.
On top of that, DannyShane positions itself as an “eco-conscious company.” What this means is that they seek out the most environmentally-friendly fabric materials available to them that meet the performance requirements of serious cycling. For the jerseys, this means they use a 50/50 blend of bamboo white ash and recycled polyesters. For the bibs they use a “bluesign certified” blend of Lycra and recycled nylon.
All of this means little, however, if the performance isn’t there, so we were excited to try one of their kits.
Starting with the Romer Black Performance jersey, the bamboo-based material is crazy soft and comfortable. The fit is spot on (although based on my experience their sizing seems to run small so I’d suggest considering sizing up if you straddle sizes), and I really appreciate the three cargo pockets plus single zipper pocket in the back. I wish all jerseys had this feature, but very few seem to.
Moving on to the Shelby S5 bibs, as soon as I got them, I totally flogged them on both long road and mountain bike rides. Again, they seem to run small, so I sized up and that wound up fitting me to perfection. Features include 3D-stretch Cytech Carbonio 6-hour chamois and laser-cut leg bands. The end result of all this tech is that everything stayed locked in place and I was 100% comfortable. I would have zero reservations about wearing these bibs on an epic gravel adventure or multi-day bike tour.
DannyShane offers both men’s and women’s kits, plus a small selection of accessories.