Any time cycling and the outdoor industry begins to blur its lines in terms of product design, I get a little excited. When it’s executed like this, I get stoked. The new Café du Cycliste winter line looks amazing. Check out the rest at their High Comfort look book!
PEdAL ED’s winter cycling gear has begun to roll out, so you can continue to ride through the inclement weather. The Kaido jersey is back, in a longsleeve, the new Thermo gloves will block water and wind, while the Nachi waterproof jacket will keep your core warm. This made in Italy gear has a sleek, slim fitting, is available in subdued colors and tones, and is in stock now at PEdAL ED.
Canadian apparel company 7 Mesh has slowly been expanding their lineup since launching with their jackets a year ago. While the men’s line has a solid foundation, female customers will be interested in their women’s line. This includes the WK1 short and Britannia jerseys, two items I can see doing quite well for the brand. The women’s line also includes multiple jackets and longsleeve jerseys.
All of which are in stock now at 7 Mesh.
Levi’s is back with another season of their Commuter lineup, which has already landed in stores. See the spring 2016 Commuter offerings at Levi’s.
It’s that time of year. Time for lots of layers, specifically merino layers for on and off the bike. A piece of apparel like a merino henley will go the distance, offering you warmth and wicking whether you’re on a road ride or camping, base layers are one of the most versatile pieces in anyone’s clothing kit during these winter months.
In their pursuit of making the finest cycling apparel in the USA, Search and State has expanded their tech and lycra lineup to include a few choice merino options. The latest being this S3-Base merino base layer henley. $95, made in NYC and yes, it comes in black. See more at Search and State.
The Bosun was one of Mission’s favorite jackets and so when a relaunch was in order, they took the time for a little fine-tuning the tailoring. They updated the jacket to include a removable hood with zippered front hand warmer pockets, as well as cleaning up the fit. The new and improved Bosun Merino Jacket is constructed using 380 GSM Australian Merino wool that is spun with 2% lycra to increase stretch and durability. Wear it alone or layered with a rain jacket. Made in the USA, in limited quantities and shipping mid-February. See more at Mission Workshop.
Chris King Precision Components wanted to make sweatshirts for the winter season but they didn’t just want to outsource them. So what did they do? They cut their own patches, in house and then bought machines and hired people to sew them. Pretty cool, huh? They cost $52 and you’ll have to tell people what “CKPC” is, but they have an interesting story.
San Francisco-based ORNOT just launched their extensive cold weather gear. It’s all made in the USA and designed with vibrant, bright fabrics the brand is known for. Thermal bibs, long sleeve jerseys, jackets and other products for men and women are stocked and ready for ordering. Head over to ORNOT for more information.
In a quest for the best possible apparel, Mission Workshop is continuously updating and redesigning their pieces. The newest being the Steppe Merino Hoodie. This minimally-designed mid-weight merino hoodie is great as both a layer and an everyday garment.
Made with ultra fine 18.9 micron merino and woven with 2% lycra for increased mobility and durability, these hoodies are made in San Francisco and are in stock now at MissionWorkshop.com, Mission Workshop SF and Mission Workshop LA.
Footwear giant Adidas has resurrected its cycling program with an full line spanning road to mountain. Everything from jackets, to bibs, tights and jerseys can now be ordered through select retailers… In Europe.
For US-customers, we can check out the entire collection in the embedded program or browse the catalog on the Adidas Cycling website. Personally, I think it’s an impressive launch and would like to hope that some of it makes its way Stateside.
When Giro launched their New Road apparel line a few years back, they brought in their take on what road cycling wear could become and now, their Chrono Collection addresses the other side to that coin for apparel.
The Chrono collection was launched yesterday and I’ve been reading up on it at their site. My take-away here: the Chrono Collection offers affordable and functional pieces for men and women but the most significant designed piece is the Chrono Expert Halter Bib for women. That’s innovative design.
Check out more at Giro and I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this.
The Showers Pass Cascade Collection is designed for the unpredictable temperature and weather fluctuations riders experience while taking on mountain ranges like the Cascades. Included in this men’s and women’s collection are the Alpine Jersey, Cyclone Jersey, Track Pant, Gravel Short and a Liner Short.
The Cascade Collection provides a full range of versatile cycling apparel utilizing technical fabrics, reflective elements, innovative waterproof pockets, and UV protection; keeping cyclists comfortable at peak performance through multiple seasons and varying conditions.
I know it’s easy to geek out about ever piece of tech apparel brands like Mission Workshop develop and eventually put to market. I say “eventually” because sometimes it takes a while to make sure it’s ready. Take this Softshell Faroe Pullover for example. I’ve been wearing one since January and it’s safe to say it’s almost all I wear when I’m riding in an environment that demands it. That ranges from sunny days in the New Zealand mountains, where I want to keep the sun off my arms and neck, or a misty mountain hop in the Angeles Crest. Even here in Austin, with our hit-or-miss rainy spring weather.
This one garment has been put through the ringer and it’s still kicking. It’s lightweight (220g) and is constructed using Swiss-made Schoeller®-Dryskin fabric with Nanosphere® water repellent treatment. Schoeller is like the titanium of the fabric industry. What can’t it do? Camping, mountain biking, road cycling, touring, bike packing, its applications are endless.
Check out more at Mission Workshop and yeah, it might not be for everyone, but believe me when I say it’s one of my favorite pieces ever made from the brand. I’ll be taking it with me to Banff this week!
Studio photos by Jesse Carmody
This one’s been a long time coming! Our friends at Ringtail have finally launched their new web shop, which is stocked with their Breeze Breaker jacket, Breezer vest, Don Cherry cap and Pocket Trumpet cap. All of these products are made in the Los Angeles area, with details that are inspired by many of the rides you’ve read about on this site. While it might be a small initial launch, Ringtail is aspiring to become a great American-made cycling apparel brand.
Head over to Ringtail to see what’s up. If you see your size sold out in something you want, don’t fret there’s more stock coming next week.
Also check out some more product photos below.
Heritage is not something that can be bought, or self-prescribed. It’s grown and nurtured over time. Heritage is not a by-product of the self aware, or the overly ambitious. It can’t be self-stated either. Not unless your company began in 1946 and the whole time, has had a presence both locally and internationally in this world we so often call the cycling industry.
De Marchi apparel was started by Emilio De Marchi shortly after WWII. It began as a motorcycle and cycling store in an era where there were no cycling-specific jerseys. If you cycled, you wore the same jersey that you played futball in, or wore while you rode your motorcycle.
It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that De Marchi stepped away from motorcycle apparel to focus solely on cycling. This was after multiple cycling brands had offered to buy De Marchi for a hefty profit, yet Emilio stuck to it. Again, heritage.
With the days getting longer, the sun staying hotter and miles being put down on the road, Tenspeed Hero is welcoming the season change with a whole lotta new offerings in their lineup. They’ve issued a few new pieces for men and women, as well as more socks and a collaboration cap with Intelligentsia coffee. Head on over to Tenspeed Hero to see the full Summer Collection. I’m digging the kaleidoscope design.
Com’on, admit it. You’ve got a few pieces of Patagonia in your wardrobe. My favorite is their down sweater. I never leave for a trip without it. That thing has saved me on more than one occasion over the years. Chances are, your clothing has hit a few snags after heavy use. Rather than tossing it in the trash, you choose to send it in for repair.
Patagonia’s repair facilities are in Reno, NV but now, there’s a new mobile repair truck. The Worn Wear truck is currently crossing the US to make on the spot repairs, sell used clothes and even teach you how to repair your own apparel.
Check out the full schedule below…