Between the fast cars, celebrities, and fashion shows, for mountain bikers last week the Red Agave was a worthy replacement for the red carpet. All kidding aside, the picturesque setting did play host to a fashion show that most mountain bikers would actually be into. Serving as the world premiere of the 2015/2016 Fall/Winter and 2016 Spring/Summer lines for Club Ride, the co-owner of Over The Edge Sedona Michael Raney and his wife Lauren graciously walked the impromptu runway to show off the latest from one of the true innovators in casual riding apparel.
Having made tremendous strides since Mike Herlinger founded the company in 2008, the brand now offers a huge range of styles with more fabrics and better construction. Since day one, Club Ride has been focused on woven textiles rather than knits – something Mike picked up on during his days merchandising at the Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum, ID (thought they will still use knits where appropriate). Spurred on by a vintage western shirt he picked up in Hermosa beach, Club Ride apparel has always had a distinctive western flair. Moving into 2015/2016, CR is entering into new territory. The colder months will see a new range of fat bike inspired clothing while spring and summer will see colors and styles straight from the beach…
Kicking off the night of high (altitude) fashion, Michael walked out in the Rale Jacket, Daniel Flannel, and new fat bike inspired Fat Jack pants. Starting with the Rale, the midweight jacket is made out of StretchRide9 fabric which is a polyester-blend, double woven material with a DWR finish. The $149.95 jacket features 3 zippered pockets, a media port, RideLight reflective accents, and a sport fit.
The Daniel flannel joins the Jack flannel, but sets itself apart with a lighter 145 g/m2 fabric that is better for slightly warmer weather than the Jack. Selling for $79.99, the flannel has all of the same features as it’s sibling and comes in blue or red plaid.
When Club Ride talks about fat bike inspired clothing, what they’re getting at is a line of apparel that will work great on a fat bike and isn’t race fit spandex. There aren’t a whole lot of option when it comes to loose fit riding pants for the winter, so the Fat Jack is a welcome option. Made from StretchRide10, the midweight poly blend double woven fabric uses a DWR finish to keep off the water, snow, and spray and includes many of the standard CR features. That includes the NoCrackBack absorbent waist band, multiple pockets, a media port, RideLight Reflective accents, and will retail for $119.95. During really cold rides you will still need to layer up, but the loose fit of the pant is perfect for adapting to conditions.
Intended more for nasty winter commuting rather than fat biking, the Eclipse Bomber jacket is a midweight jacket that will shelter you from the elements. The StormTech wax coated outer is waterproof and windproof, and the inside features a quilted LiteFill insulation to keep you warm. Finished with DWR, the waterproofing comes from a two layer hydrophobic, breathable membrane that is helped to stay ventilated with underarm screens and a gusseted mesh back that is designed to open when in the riding position.
On the women’s side, cold weather is kept at bay with the Two Timer jacket, Henlyette, and the Transit Trouser. The Two Timer is an awesome mix of Wind20 lightweight polyester woven rip stop fabric with LiteFill synthetic thermal insulation on the body and Dri-Sulate knit polyester sleeves with a brushed back for comfort. Between the DWR finish, the wind resistant fabric, and the insulated thermal body, this should be a favorite on chilly days and sells for $109.95.
Underneath, the Henlyette is CR’s take on a women’s henly and is made from ThermaTrans lightweight, antimicrobial knit fabric. Like the Two Timer, the Henlyette offers thumbhole cuffs and will sell for $54.95. The Transit Trouser is their PowerWeave lightweight pant with a DWR finish and RideLight accents that sells for $109.95. Shown under the Two Timer in the first picture is a different women’s piece, the Sprint Hoody. Made from DriSulate Knit midweight fabric, the Sprint features a built in hood, half zip, and thumbhole cuffs.
Continuing on with the fashion show, Michael changed into the Cross Wind Jacket, Rodeo jersey, and Phantom Shorts. The Cross Wind uses the Wind20 fabric and WR coating for a lightweight water and wind resistant jacket with a fitted under helmet hood. RideDrySpan fabric is found on the side panels, and the jacket offers one zippered chest pocket as well as one hand pocket that the jacket zips into. Retail is $89.95.
Both the Roadeo and the Phantom short are meant to be more of a road going kit but keeping with the CR aesthetic. The Roadeo jersey uses their RideXDry knit fabric with an anti-microbial treatment, 1/2 zip front, 3 compartment rear pockets, a rear silicone gripper at the hem, and the CR Media port and RideLight reflective accents for $84.95. The Phantom shorts use a DurX 4 way stretch poly-blend fabric with a DWR finish and the OnTheFly waist adjustment system. The sport fit includes an 11″ inseam and the shorts sell for $79.95 without a chamois.
The Cross Wind is also available in a women’s fit with the same price and features, with Lauren showing it off with the Glory jersey and Freedom Short. Created from RideXDry lightweight, anti-microbial fabric, the Glory jersey uses a 1/4 front zip, and offers one rear zippered pocket for $59.95. The Freedom short uses PowerWeave fabric with a DWR finish, 3 pockets, and an internal side waist adjustment system and offers a slightly longer 12″ inseam at $79.95.
From the mountain to the beach, a lot of the new apparel for 2016 is inspired by surfing culture and the adaptation of the board short. Starting with the Phantasm jersey and Pipeline short, the jersey is a lightweight, long sleeve number with sublimated graphics on the sleeves, mesh panel accents, a single rear zippered pocket with media port, and reflective accents for $54.95.
The Pipeline is available in the very bright Kermit green and uses PowerWeave fabric with a WR finish and the OnTheFly waist adjustment system. Clever touches include reinforced leg openings for body armor with a separate fabric underneath to help them slide easily over knee pads. The 12″ inseam shorts will sell for $79.95.
Next up is the Hermosa 3/4 jersey and the Ventura Short. Cut from a lightweight polyester performance knit fabric, the jersey offers two rear drop in and one zip rear pockets, a vented rear yoke, and media port for $89.95. The Ventura short again uses PowerWeave fabric with a DWR finish, an internal side waist adjustment system, and an 11″ inseam with NoCrackBack fit and a seamless Crotch gusset like most CR pants and shorts. Sold without a chamois, the Ventura will retail for $79.95.
Continuing on with beach inspired pieces, the Detour jersey and Pipeline short pop up with bright colors. The Detour is a RideDryWear piece with a lightweight, wicking woven fabric, a snap front, and underarm venting. The South Beach color way matches up with the Molten Pipeline short.
If you want to get a little more wild, Club Ride with have a few new jerseys that are hard to miss. Using a stylized image of a rider pulling a sweet table, the image has been replicated to form a sort of camouflage.
Of course, there are still plenty of much more subdued color options if that’s your thing.
Next up is the Delice jersey and Eden short. Made from a fabric that uses recycled PET bottles, the RideXDry fabric is light and breathable, and the jersey uses a 1/4 front zip, and offers one rear pocket for $59.95. The Short is sold with the Damselcham chamois liner that is also part of the InnerWear collection (more on that soon), and is made from PowerWeave fabric with a 7″inseam and DWR finish. To provide options for fit the legs include zippered openings to make them wider along with a quick release waist adjustment system for $99.95.
Last up for the men we have the Protocol Jersey and Cargo Away shorts. Using the RideDrySpan woven fabric with a snap front, the mesh vented jersey comes in at $79.95. Cleverly named, the Cargo Away short is available in some interesting new colors and uses PowerWeave fabric, a WR coating, and the OnTheFly waist adjustment system among other features with a 13″ inseam for $79.95.
Last up for the women, Lauren is wearing the Deer Abby jersey which has been CR’s most popular jersey, and the DSG skirt. Made with Powerweave fabric with a DWR finish, the purpose built riding skirt offers one side zippered pocket, a front draw cord waist adjustment system, and a 14″ outseam for $64.95.
Else where in the women’s line are plenty of fresh colors and styles for the coming season which are all designed to mix and match.
On the jeans side of things, Club Ride has updated the line up with new, larger phone pockets that will fit bigger smart phones. Having no problem stowing my iPhone 6 with a silicone case, the pocket probably won’t fit your 6 plus, but it should fit most current smart phones. Club ride is introducing a new Shift jean with a lighter StretchRide210 mid-weight cotton-polyester denim in the near future as well. The 10 oz denim includes 2% spandex and will be sold in 33″ inseams only with 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, and 38″ waists.
This was only a portion of the new kit from Clubride for 2015/2016, so for more details make sure to check out their site as it becomes available.