Bike Rumor | Clothing/Gear Roundup
Posted: May 04 2016
Bike Rumor | Clothing/Gear roundup with Club Ride
Text version of the review below:
Among the countless tents full of new bikes and bike parts at Sea Otter, there were also quite a few that were full of clothing. At this point in the season, most of the spring/summer styles have already been released and are just starting to hit the market so it’s a great time to show them off to the public. In our case, it’s also a chance for companies like Club Ride to give us a sneak preview of the coming additions for fall/winter 2016/17. Club ride continues to refine their line up with new colors, additional more modern styles, and some interesting concepts for women headed to spin class or just to the gym…
Part of the evolution of Club Ride has been the realization that the same styles aren’t as popular in different places across the country. Club Ride’s casual Western look has always been a hit in mountain towns, but the brand has struggled to gain traction in more urban markets, specifically in the East. To address that, many of their pieces are starting to be offered in designs meant to appeal to different markets, but also younger riders as well. Pieces like the Shaka Flannel which is the same as the Jack Flannel, just in more traditional buffalo plaid and in Rincon Blue or Zuma Grey.
Club Ride is also introducing the Baron jersey which uses a mid weight polyester knit fabric to provide a warmer option without going full heavyweight. The jersey has a hidden pocket on the side seam with a zipper and a media port wand will be sold in Sulphur or Saphire.
Other new pieces include the Infinity Hoody and Blaze Vest. The Infinity blends a standard hoody fit with more cycling oriented rear pockets with 2 massive drop in pockets at the rear, and hand pockets at the side. The vest on the other hand uses an 80gm synthetic insulation with a rip stop face and brushed polyester rear panel for warmth up front and ventilation out back. The vest also has two large drop in pockets out back plus a zippered chest pocket.
Looking to offer something not necessarily for the cyclist, but for women headed to the gym, the Jersey Girl top with Double Time tights take a pretty novel approach. Mike and I had a good laugh about what comments the Double Time pants would generate, but the idea is that they are both yoga tights and cycling tights. The chamois is removable so you can use it when you want to hit the spin class, and take it out when you don’t. It may not look like much, but the chamois is a 6mm triple density, anatomically shaped pad with an anti-microbial finish that is of course machine washable.
The Double Time pants will be offered in two colors to match the two Jersey Girl tops to make a complete outfit. Pricing and availability on everything above to come this fall.
You can read the full review from Bike Rumor here.