Polartec’s fabrics are amazing. If you own a jacket you too can attest to its durability, breathability, stretchability, and its ability to keep you dry. For these reasons, Ornot looked to Polartec’s newest Neoshell fabric to be used in their new Magic Shell jacket. Head over to Ornot to see more!
One of my personal favorite riding jackets is now available in a new color for fall 2018. The Search and State S1-J riding jacket now comes in navy blue. It’s the same, made in New York quality you’ve come to expect from SAS, just in a new color. Head to Search and State for more!
The new God and Famous Faux Pass jacket features a fully reflective, lightweight, thermal cycling jacket that utilizes a windproof, water-resistant, and breathable Italian 290 GSM reflective fabric. There’s also a 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective strip for added visibility in low light riding conditions, a YKK double zipper, Aero collar. 3-rear pockets and a drop tail for additional coverage. These race fit jackets are in stock now at God and Famous.
KEIU means “welcome rain” in Japanese and when you have the right gear, you can do just that. SWRVE’s new waterproof rain gear line includes an anorak, a full zip jacket with removable hood and a vest. All three are fully-taped and made from Teflon™Shield+® waterproof fabric. There are vents and pockets to keep you comfortable and they come in a matte marled finish. Check out all the details at SWRVE.
I love products like this. Ones with multi-functionality built into a tight, clean package. The Mission Workshop Albion shirt is part down jacket and part rain jacket. While it doesn’t pack down into a pocket, or completely protect you from rain, it appears to do a good job at keeping you warm and dry in cold, inclement weather. Check out more information at Mission Workshop.
My favorite piece of Search and State’s collection returns this fall in a new color. The S1-J Riding Jacket is back in “sage.” Check out more information at Search and State.
The cats at Ringtail have been working on a special project with Cordura over the past few months: a tie dye Breeze Blocker jacket. Each jacket is hand dyed so there are no two alike. These lightweight Cordura jackets stuff into their own pocket and are small enough to be stashed under your saddle. They’re sewn in California and retail for $140. Best of all, they’re in stock now so head to Ringtail to see more information.
Jackets like this quickly become staples and when two companies like Taylor Stitch and Mission Workshop make them, you know they’ll have a place in your wardrobe for a long time. Made in Canada and available now as a pre-order for a discounted price of $235 at Taylor Stitch now. Tune back in on Monday for a full story behind Mission and TS’ North Coast Collection!
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.
You can’t go wrong with camo™ and Cadence knows this. Their newest windbreaker, the Coaches Jacket features a woodland camo pattern, snap closures, elastic cuffs and the CA DNC logo on back. In stock now for $78 at Cadence.
Ringtail have just re-upped stock on their Breeze Breaker jacket and Breezer vest, as well as introducing their Block Breaker jacket. The two jackets are made from solid, ultra light nylon while the Breezer Vest is perforated on the back allowing for ventilation during those cool autumn mornings. This run has slightly larger wrist openings at the sleeves to make putting them on and taking them off a bit easier.
All of Ringtail’s jackets are made in Los Angeles and are slim-fit. Check out stock and pricing at Ringtail.
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.
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.