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Ringtail: New Block Breaker Jackets

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Ringtail: New Block Breaker Jackets

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.

Mission Workshop: Softshell Faroe Pullover

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Mission Workshop: Softshell Faroe Pullover

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!

Ride With Ringtail Today

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Ride With Ringtail Today


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.

Velo Cult’s Custom Shop Jackets

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Velo Cult’s Custom Shop 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!

Is it Worth it? Kitsbow’s Alpha Snap Jacket

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Is it Worth it? Kitsbow’s Alpha Snap Jacket

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.

7Mesh Launches Mens and Womens Collection

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7Mesh Launches Mens and Womens Collection

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: S1-J Riding Jacket in Sandstone

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Search and State: S1-J Riding Jacket in Sandstone

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.

Kitsbow: Alpine Snap Jacket

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Kitsbow: Alpine Snap Jacket

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.

Rapha’s New Pro Team Softshell Jacket

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Rapha’s New Pro Team Softshell Jacket

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.

Rapha: Pro Team Softshell Jacket

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Rapha: Pro Team Softshell Jacket

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.

Mission Workshop’s AP Remi Hooded Blazer and Styrman Topcoat

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Mission Workshop’s AP Remi Hooded Blazer and Styrman Topcoat

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: Waxed Canvas Jacket

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Surly: Waxed Canvas Jacket

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.

The Kinoko Castelli Winter Jacket

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The Kinoko Castelli Winter Jacket

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.

Mission Workshop: Limited Edition Polartec® NeoShell® Orion Jackets

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Mission Workshop: Limited Edition Polartec® NeoShell® Orion Jackets

There’s “lightweight” and then there’s LIGHTWEIGHT. I’ve held this jacket in my mortal hands and it is amazing…

“We got our hands on some special cuts of Polartec’s NeoShell® fabric in colors not typically found in the Mission Workshop line and made some limited editions of our classic Orion jacket. The Orion provides complete waterproof protection in a lightweight and packable format, and is made with 96 g/m2 Polartec® NeoShell® fabric. The relaxed cycling fit combined with durable stretch fabrics enables maximum movement. Available for the first time in colors that will be noticed by everyone around you.”

Swoop up at Mission Workshop. Seriously, this is a worthy investment…

Mission Workshop: The Ultralight Orion Jacket

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Mission Workshop: The Ultralight Orion Jacket

I’ve seen this in person and it’s awesome. In fact, I wish I had one with me this week for our ride. Here’s the scoop from MW:

“The Ultralight Orion provides complete waterproof protection in a lightweight and packable format. The relaxed cycling fit combined with durable stretch fabrics enables maximum movement.

The Orion is a fully-taped waterproof-breathable jacket designed for extreme wet conditions. Made with 96 g/m2 Polartec Neoshell® fabric. This highly breathable, waterproof fabric is engineered to react to changes in body temperature and activity levels, allowing more moisture and heat to escape as the intensity level increases. As a result, the Orion is the perfect waterproof jacket for an exceptionally wide range of environments and temperatures.

Features include: Pit zip underarm ventilation, external access chest pocket, internal ported media pocket, rear stow pocket, hand warmer pockets, and removable hood.

Jacket Weight: 370 grams (310 grams without hood)

Fabric Weight: 96 g/m2

Made in Vancouver, Canada.”