Category Archives: jackets
Portland’s Velo Cult appreciates products that will stand the test of time and for them, why mess around when it comes to selecting a shop jacket? Dickies makes a killer, durable jacket and the crew at Velo Cult have been using them for years. Hence the reason for this limited run of VC-branded jackets.
Head over to Velo Cult for more details!
While doing reviews of higher pricepoint products like the Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket, I’ve found it’s best to set the expectations in the opening paragraph, so here I am, setting those expectations. Now, this jacket is close to $400. It’s made in Canada, from Polartec® Alpha® insulation, a fabric used by the military for years. Read that as very expensive fabric please. This review’s intent is to answer if indeed, the Alpha Snap Jacket is worth the pricepoint, addressing anyone who might be considering the purchase, yet want more information.
I’m not trying to sell every single reader of this site a $400 jacket, I’m simply showcasing some details and thoughts of said jacket to help anyone who has considered buying it. If you want to read on, please do, if this jacket isn’t for you, no worries, no harm done.
Canadian outerwear company 7Mesh first launched their products at Interbike last year. Yesterday they made it official with a new website and stock for both their mens and womens collection. Head over to 7Mesh to read up on the company and browse their stock.
Search and State’s popular S1-J Riding Jacket is back for 2015 in a new color. For those who don’t like wearing head to toe black (what is wrong with you!?), there’s a new option: Sandstone. Head over to Search and State to see more information. I might add that this is one of my favorite cycling jackets I own.
Made in New York.
These past few cut and sew pieces from Kitsbow are some of my favorite apparel items to surface in the bike industry. The Alpine Snap Jacket is an new spin on a classic staple for both touring or mountain biking, as well as general outdoor activities. While other companies use down, Kitsbow uses Polartec® Alpha insulation, originally designed for the United States Special Forces, which will keep you warm whether you’re wet or dry, without having to remove layers.
The pricepoint ain’t exactly cheap, but the Alpine Snap Jacket is made in Vancouver, Canada and looks like it’ll be a piece you’ll be holding onto for a while.
See more at Kitsbow.
One thing is for certain: Rapha knows their outerwear and cold weather apparel. Every jacket I’ve owned of theirs has been top-notch, far exceeding my own expectations, especially when it comes to the wind, rain and cold. For 2015, Rapha has introduced their new Pro Team Softshell Jacket and it looks to uphold that aforementioned pedigree.
Read more at Rapha.
It’s almost time for those long, slow, cold and sometimes wet, base miles. With road season near and there being just enough time for some last minute holiday shopping, Rapha introduces their Pro Team Softshell Jacket, designed to help you brave the elements.
See more details and availability at Rapha.
Remi Hooded Blazer
Mission Workshop’s Advanced Projects line has continued to grow, most recently with two waterproof, tailored outerwear pieces: the Remi Hooded Blazer and Styrman Topcoat. Each of these pieces hold true to the AP line with fully taped seams, pockets and ported media pockets.
These two pieces are cut for movement, but hardly look like any cycling apparel the brand has launched thus far. More details are in the works with the official release coming in the near future.
Come check out these two pieces in person tonight, along with the new ACRE series apparel at the Mission Workshop store opening in SF and see more photos below.
Surly’s new Waxed Canvas Jacket looks even better in person than in their product shots. I was waiting until I could see and touch one before I posted about it. This thing is serious. It’s made from, yep, waxed canvas, with venting on the backshoulders, “bum thumb” holes and lined with merino wool but the details don’t stop there.
It comes in black and olive drab, with a retail of $250, which when you compare it to other waxed canvas jackets, is a deal. It’s only available at a select few retailers. See the list below.
Kinoko Cycles has a new spin on the classic Castelli Windstopper jacket, with a new “K” pattern on the back pocket and a simple, clean design that’s sure to fit in with any of your favorite riding apparel choices. See more at Kinoko.