I love Outlier’s products and the Ultralight Freeshell looks to be a great option for that summer jacket you’ve been looking for.
Mission Workshop’s Advanced Projects continues with the Zurich, a merino softshell hoodie:
“The Zurich soft-shell hoodie combines a 4-way stretch nylon shell with a soft Merino wool lining. The outer-shell layer is constructed using Swiss-made Schoeller®-Dryskin fabric with a durable water repellent treatment. This durable 4-way stretch nylon fabric is engineered to provide breathability and moisture management in addition to wind and water repellency. The soft Merino wool lining naturally regulates body temperature, resists odor, provides moisture management, and stretches with your body.
The Zurich is a utilitarian garment ideal for high activity that features single welt hand-warmer pockets, rear zippered pocket, and a semi-fitted hood.
Made in San Francisco, California.”
This fall, I’ve embraced the hue of the season. Hunter, or safety orange and two brands have done the same: Giro and Rapha, each in their own unique way. A wise man once told me that a *down vest, or jacket could be the difference between an enjoyable ride and an utterly miserable death march.
Check out more below!
One thing I’ve always respected about Rapha is scouting the perfect locations to photograph their seasonal lookbooks. This is deep winter. I.e. the reason I live in Texas. It takes a special kind of human to want to venture out in conditions like this, so if you’re going to do it, make sure you’ve got the right gear….
See the Rapha AW13 Deep Winter lookbook here!
As I’m packing for Australia, I was going over some essentials and two things I always take with me are a rain jacket and a lightweight, merino pullover. When layered, the combination ensures dry, breathable warmth. I’ve been using the Faroe pullover from Mission Workshop since they first released it. It’s the best merino pullover I’ve owned in both fit and durability. Now, don’t be mistaken. A lot of people will say there are cheaper options, but those options use Chinese merino and are made overseas.
The Faroe is made from doubleknit Australian wool and is made in San Francisco, California.
Mission just received stock of the Faroe in this grey color. Pick one up at Mission Workshop and you won’t regret it.
Mission Workshop has just posted up a pre-order for the Orion jacket, which in my experience is the best jacket I’ve owned.
“The Orion is a fully-taped waterproof, breathable jacket cut for life on the bike. Made with 4-way stretch Schoeller c_change. This waterproof–breathable fabric is designed, developed, and manufactured in the Swiss Alps; the ultimate testing grounds for all conditions from sub-zero to sub-tropical. This Swiss made fabric is designed to react to changes in temperature and activity levels. As a result, the Orion jacket is the perfect waterproof jacket for an exceptionally wide range of environments.
The Orion is equipped with internal ported media pocket, external chest pocket, front-zipped hand pockets, touring style zippered rear pocket, removable snap-off hood. Tailored for riding with articulated sleeves. Cut slightly longer in the back. Well placed pit-zip ventilation. Made in Canada.”
Pre-order one here!
It’s been in the 50’s every morning up in the mountains of Vermont where I’m staying even though last week it was in the upper 90’s. As I was packing for this trip, at the last minute, I grabbed my Endo Customs wind vest and tossed it into my duffle. This one in particular is the Tracko splinter camo design, which came out ridiculously rad.
The thing about vests is they keep your core warm, without overheating you like a jacket and they’ll pack away into a jersey pocket with ease. The Endo vests have three pockets, vented sides and a large zipper pull that’s easily found through full finger gloves. I’ve only used it a few times and I’ve got no complaints. It fits better than other gilets or vests I’ve used, especially when coupled with Endo kits.
Really, the only bummer is, you can’t buy it direct from Endo, you have to wait until someone sells a design as part of a kit. Winter is coming and I think I’ve got a pretty rad idea for my next kit run, so stay tuned!
I have a SWRVE Milwaukee hoodie and it certainly performs! The Bike Minimalism crew took a swing at it recently…
“The Bikeminimalism crew had the opportunity to test the swrve Milwaukee ES -hoodies during the fall-winter season of 2012-2013. The testing commenced in September 2012 and we finished in late April 2013.
As part of our testing, we brought the hoodies through heavy winds, rain, sleet, snow, slush and various other miserable conditions. The temperatures ranged from the comfortable +10° centigrade to the downright miserable -25°C.
Filmed on January 5, 2013, it was one of the 5-6 sunny days during the winter. Don’t be fooled by the sunny skies – the temperature was more or less -10°C, it was windy and cold as hell. Nevertheless, our rider was happy to ruffle his feathers… “
Photo by Matt Lingo
Chrome introduces the De Haro Windbreaker, a lightweight packable jacket that looks great on and off the bike.
“We made the De Haro for bombing hills and crashing parties. On the bike, it provides passive and active venting. Full-length side vents let heat out naturally. The two-way zip allows you to unzip the bottom and increase wind flow. Reflective cuffs also function as cinches. It features a back cargo-pocket that doubles as a stuff sack.”
See more at Chrome.
Did you get weird this weekend?
“There is nothing like a good vest for the Spring time. It’s in the 50s when you leave home and it can be 20 to 30 degrees warmer by the middle of the day. I’ve worn this vest over a lightweight jersey with arm-warmers when it’s 50 degrees and I’ve worn it unzipped and flapping in the wind when it’s 80 degrees. Vests are one of the most versatile pieces of outerwear you can own, on the bike or off. We chose camouflage because we wanted something that would disappear, allowing it to be worn with anything.”