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Kitsbow’s Rockstacker Merino Tight

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Kitsbow’s Rockstacker Merino Tight

Cooler and frigid temps are on the way and Kitsbow has merino tights that are developed for a perfect on-the-bike fit but can be used in any number of situations. Complete with a phone pocket on both legs and available in two ankle-lengths to ensure the optimal fit, the Rockstacker might be the most robust merino tights on the market. These are made to order in North Carolina at Kitsbow and thus carry a premium price of $199 but in this case, you get what you pay for. Check out more at Kitsbow.

Kitsbow: Kitsuma Merino Hoodie

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Kitsbow: Kitsuma Merino Hoodie

Kitsbow’s popular merino hoodie, the Kitsuma, is back and is now being sewn in the USA at their North Carolina facilities. With cooler weather here, it’s always handy to have a merino hoodie in your wardrobe. These hoodies feature moisture-wicking, temperature regulating layering details, as well as abrasion patches on the elbows.

Specs:
-Merino/Tencel® blend for the best Merino has to offer with added durability of Tencel (87% Merino, 13% Tencel)
-Super textured nylon mesh in the hood and pockets for structure and feel
-Security pocket on back
-Reflective piping at the shoulders and hem for safety/visibility
-Schoeller® elbow/arm patches for protection and durability
-Thumb holes for when layering or extra coverage
-Sewn in the USA

See more at Kitsbow.

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36 Hours in Kitsbow: The Mysteries of Saint Anthony

Just minutes north of Harrisburg, Stony Valley is part of the second-largest roadless wilderness tract of land in Pennsylvania. Originally called Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, the land is marked with remnants of an industrial haven from coal and lumbering industries, where more than 2,000+ people lived along the mountains of this beautiful valley in its heyday. After recently moving to the area, a mom and daughter venture out to explore their new backyard, and uncover some of the valley’s hidden gems along the way.

See more at Kitsbow!

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36 Hours in Kitsbow: Out West

Directed by Jay Melena, this film captures the adventure of four friends, Everett Ó Cillín, Silas Littlefield, Scottie Junker, and Melena, who set out on bikes to retrace the route of an infamous stagecoach driver, Charley Parkhurst, while reflecting on the importance of community and honoring an often misremembered queer and transhistorical figure.

The film gives you insight into the life of this infamous whiskey-drinking,
whip-cracking stagecoach driver who ran passengers and cargo during the California gold rush of the 1800’s. Charley was an orphan and runaway who escaped into a new life by taking the reins and heading out west to start a new life on their own terms. Quiet and rugged, Charley spent most of their time alone in nature, seeking comfort in solitude and physical labor.

Film director, Jay Melena, names that queer narratives in the outdoors are hard to find. Out West is a story of finding yourself by trusting your intuition, talent and desire to live in and make a better world. It’s also about isolation, loss, and making do with the circumstances in which you exist.

Their journey takes them to places where Charley’s history is alive across Santa Cruz County. Scope out their route at Kitsbow!

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36 Hours in Kitsbow – Finding Joy in Atlanta, GA

36 Hours in Kitsbow is a unique grassroots short film series highlighting stories of cycling adventure — especially stories that reunite all of us with our community, propel us into the unknown, and begin a journey from our doorstep.

Kitsbow’s 2021 premiere film features a reunion of friends from the Radical Adventure Riders, Atlanta Chapter; whose regular outings were halted abruptly during 2020. Now a year later, the friends roll from their city to reconnect for a long-overdue bikepacking adventure.

Kitsbow: Escalator Merino Henley

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Kitsbow: Escalator Merino Henley

Part of the “Make Mine Now” program, the in-house products made in North Carolina at Kitsbow’s HQ, The Escalator Merino Henley features an extremely adaptable dual-facing merino fabric. Made from 34% soft merino on the inside and 66% polyester yarns on the outside, increasing the longevity and comfort of these do-it-all garment pieces. Expect less brand snags and less moth holes in the long run, while maintaining merino’s quick-drying abilities. These Henleys aren’t cheap but will last for years and years of heavy use. Check out all the info and the variety of colors available at Kitsbow.

36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Applications Open!

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36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Applications Open!

Kitsbow’s popular “36 Hours” grant program is open for applications until this Friday, March 19th. Here’s the gist on how you can apply:

“At Kitsbow we strive to fit it all in; work, family, and fun. But when it feels like the adventure is something others do, it’s time to hit pause and get after the journey. Escape and adventure are just outside our door. The key is to go. Busyness can trap us and keep us from necessary escape.

But, 36 Hours…now, that’s doable!

Kitsbow is accepting 36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Applications until Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Want to learn more of the nitty-gritty details about the 36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Program? Then, be sure to review the 36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Program & Application Guidance Information

We invite you to apply and share your unique proposal by submitting your application here: 2021 36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Application & Proposal

If you have any supplemental documents that you’d like to provide to Kitsbow for your 36 Hours in Kitsbow Grant Application, please email to community@kitsbow.com

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Swift Industries and Kitsbow Collaborate with Pendleton Wool on the Anchor Hip Pack

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Swift Industries and Kitsbow Collaborate with Pendleton Wool on the Anchor Hip Pack

North Carolina-based Kitsbow has collaborated with Seattle bag makers Swift Industries on a capsule collection using US-made Pendleton Wool. The collab features a new Anchor Hip Pack by Swift, with hits of wool, and a matching Icon Shirt button-snap shirt made by Kitsbow in NC. With cooler temps here, shedding layers is key, and the Anchor Hip Bag features a flap to hold your jackets, as well as the ability to use a Sidekick to hold a bottle.

See the full drop at Swift Industries!

Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

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Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

Kitsbow has developed a comfortable, all-day, all-mountain jersey specifically for women. These jerseys combine style and comfort with technical fabric, tailored design, and functional details. With its henley-inspired design, the All-Mountain jersey looks great on and off the bike. These are made in Canada and come in four colors. See more at Kitsbow.

Features:
-A blend 48% Nylon, 46% Merino Wool, and 6% Spandex
-Merino Wool sits next to skin for a comfortable feel, temperature regulation, and wick
-Just the right amount of stretch for comfort and the ability to move with the body on the bike
-2 cycling pockets set on the back of the jersey
-Side secure zipper stow-away pocket
-Microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning attached inside the bottom hem of the garment
-Gripper waistband at sides and back hem
-Tech-snap front closure
-3/4 length sleeve with loop tab closure (unbutton to roll-up sleeves)
-Easily accessible microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning
-Conveniently placed side secure zipper stow-away pocket for electronics and personal items

Escape to Santa Catalina Island

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Escape to Santa Catalina Island

It’s not every day you’re presented with an opportunity to step out of the routines of daily life and to reconnect with a couple of old friends in a beautiful, fairly isolated environment; and to get to fully experience that place from the saddle of your bicycle. When a couple of my oldest friends, Josh and Alex, invited me on a bikepacking adventure – and asked me to assist with a video they planned to produce about the trip – help with logistics, carry some gear, etc. – I gave an enthusiastic and immediate, “I’m all in.” Josh and Alex had secured a generous grant from Kitsbow to capture our time on camera, in hopes that our experience would inspire and motivate others to get outside, unplug from life a bit, reconnect with old friends, and explore an exciting and accessible environment within a reasonable window of time. What cyclist wouldn’t want to throw their bike in a travel bag, fly down to Los Angeles for a 3 day weekend, and spend the bulk of that time pedaling around on Santa Catalina Island with a duo of old friends?

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Not Quite Out of the Woods

This is a very moving moment captured in video…

“I hope this film inspires other parents to provide their kids with experiences of adventure through bikepacking, and cycling in general. And for parents of kids undergoing medical treatment, I hope Eleanor’s smile and positive attitude encourages hope and strength, proving that happiness is found in pushing limits and seeking new experiences.” Adin Maynard, Eleanor’s dad.

Kitsbow: Women’s Icon Shirt

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Kitsbow: Women’s Icon Shirt

My personal favorite flannel and favorite Kitsbow product of all time is now available for women. The women’s Icon Shirt uses the same Pendleton Wool and construction but in a fit for women. These are made in California and are a true heritage piece. See more at Kitsbow.

Kitsbow’s New Alpha Vest

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Kitsbow’s New Alpha Vest

Remember the Kitsbow Alpha Jacket? It’s still to this day one of my favorite, warmest pieces of winter apparel. That’s due to its adoption of the Polartec® Alpha™ insulation, originally developed for the US military. This civilian application is good news for us, especially this time of year. Kitsbow has taken the ideas behind the Alpha Jacket and just released the Alpha Vest. Available in two colors, and in stock now. Check out more details at Kitsbow.

The Best Flannel EVER is Back in Stock at Kitsbow

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The Best Flannel EVER is Back in Stock at Kitsbow

I first bought the Kitsbow Icon in 2014 and out of all my apparel, both on and off the bike, it’s become a staple. As soon as the temps drop, it becomes my go-to mountain bike or bike touring jacket. I’ve taken spills, experienced thrills and everything in between with it. It’s a true example of a heritage piece, in a modern world where everything is disposable. Made in the USA from Oregon-made Pendleton wool with Schoeller®-shape 3XDRY abrasion panels and built to last.

My point is, the Kitsbow Icon is the best flannel I’ve ever owned and there’s nothing I’d change about it. Kitsbow agrees, although they do offer new colors each year… The Icon is back in stock at Kitsbow.

EDIT:
These features were added in the V2 Icon:
NEW Increased opening of cuffs to accommodate a watch
NEW Improved coverage of patches
NEW Improved articulation of shoulder vents (and made sure they don’t pooch out)
NEW Added some reflectivity for night safety