Maxym clothing is a new Australian athletic clothing brand. I will admit to being unaware of them till contacted by the man behind the brand.
Javi Martinez has been involved in varying sporting endeavours all his life and also spent time working in the competitive sporting goods retail environment. His passion to do his own thing and the discovery of triathlon came together to give Javi the idea of bringing his own style to sporting kit.
Javi says “That's when I started to say to myself that Cycling kits where very boring and expensive and the cheap ones were just so uncomfortable I could not wear them, so Maxym was born”.
Bold designs are a feature of Maxym kit.
Javi sent me the “Icon” cycling kit to try out and on arrival first impressions were very favourable. The biggest change in technical apparel over the recent years has been the fabrics. Not only are the fabrics better suited to their specific task but also now pieces of apparel can have a range of fabrics being included in a single piece.
The Maxym Icon kit certainly stands out with its bold patterns if you find Rapha too boring and you are not confident enough to wear Attaquer then the Maxym range could be a sweet middle ground. The big difference though is the price, you could kit yourself out in a few kits of Maxym and have change left over for the price of one of the premium kits.
Price however doesn’t need to be an indicator of features and/ or quality. The Maxym jersey is, for what we consider to be a pretty straight forward piece of kit, packing plenty of great little useful additions. The fabric is a 4 way flex fit which gives a firm snug fit. The side panels are made from a lighter weave and the underside of the sleeves is a more open mesh weave. In hot weather it’s hard to notice whether these different fabrics do their job or not, but a few cool autumn mornings certainly let me know the differing air conditioning properties of the fabric styles.
As with most jerseys the Maxym has three generous rear pockets, it also however has a smaller zippered pocket on the outside of the right pocket for any goodies that need securing. The zippered pocket is also lined on the body side with a sweat proof layer to keep your goodies dry. There is also a nifty side pocket at the bottom of the right side panel. This pocket is a neat spot for anything you need easy access to while on the fly.
Rear showing the secure zippered pocket and the easily accessible side pocket
The waist band is a wide band flat elastic which works well keeping everything in place and there is also a subtle reflective tab at the base of the centre pocket to keep you just that little bit safer.
The knicks are also firm fitting lycra with the upper bib area made from a mesh backing to help reduce heat. They contain a “Pro Fit” chamois with extra wide side panels which are to cover the inner thigh to alleviate chafing and keeping everything in place is a very different looking cuff made of a “perforated” mesh fabric.
The perforated leg gripper
Thankfully the kit was sized as I expected, and they are pretty standard Aussie sizings with no surprises. I have plenty of kits, most are club or squad kits that have been ordered from many of the custom kit suppliers going around. The fit on the Maxym for mine is a cut above my other kits. It is snug and well fitted without any seams giving way when trying to wriggle a sweaty summer body into some form fitting lycra. There are no “flappy bits” to work dangling in the breeze to negate the advantages gained from your expensive aero bike and the pockets, all of them, are easy to access and to use.
The bib-knicks fit well, the bib portion was taught enough to keep the knicks up but also flexible enough to allow easy access for “comfort stops” and the wide leg cuffs, while visually taking some getting used to, did their job well and kept the legs in place. The “chamois” of course is the critical part of the knicks and the well- padded, generous and dense chamois used in the Icon knicks was for me a real winner.
The generous well padded chamois
Since getting these knicks to test I have worn nothing else, using and washing the Maxym’s three times a week and so far they have no signs of wear or deterioration.
So there are plenty of upsides to this kit, any downsides?
Well yes but it is being a bit picky, the zipper is very fine and can be a bit tricky to get started. The other thing of note is that after a few washes the white mesh of the sleeves discoloured slightly, admittedly I didn’t read the washing instructions, but the again I never do and to be honest it didn’t really hit me till I looked back at the “new” photo. On this particular kit the white “greying” isn’t a huge issue as it is positioned between blacks, blues and whites, but may be something to consider on other colour options.*
New versus a few washes and the colour difference is obvious although not a big issue on this colour scheme.
With the usual caveat that fit and fashion are very personal things I will have to say that I was very impressed with the overall fit and quality of the Maxym kit, and given that the Icon kit (jersey and bibs) is only $150 makes it a pretty decent buy.
Did I like it? Yes
Would I buy it? Yes, In fact I’m fairly sure this won’t be the only Maxym kit I end up owning.
Check out Maxym’s website and see their entire range of kit or enquire about their custom options. They also do tri suits which at $90 if they are of similar quality to the cycling kit would be a decent buy.
*I passed this feedback onto Javi and I was informed the new run of this style will have black mesh like their other styles.
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