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Latest gear drop from Fjällräven and Specialized features jackets, ‘caves’

Cool Cave from Fjallraven, SpecializedPhotos c. Fjallraven/Specialized
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The partnership between California’s Specialized and Sweden’s Fjällräven has already resulted in a new portmanteau for the outdoor fashion industry: “Caliswede.”

In an attempt to break into the highly lucrative market of bike gear, Fjällräven has married its signature style to the design experience of Specialized. Both companies have focused on their niche for decades, with Specialized starting about 14 years after Fjällräven made its first backpack in 1960.

Now, the brands put their experience, design prowess, and home country names together in a new collection.

Fjällräven maintains a reliable customer base among both hardcore hikers and Instagram fashionistas. So it won’t be surprising if the company’s branding and design partnership with Specialized becomes another hit.

After the partnership’s initial announcement in March, this month’s gear drop offers all-weather jackets and nifty “caves” aimed at casual riders commuting to work or going on day trips. That’s also clear from the marketing campaign’s slogan: The Great Nearby.

“With The Great Nearby, nature is at the end of a train ride, on the edge of town, or even just around the corner,” the two companies said in a news release. “From next-level on-bike storage solutions and bags to technical apparel and accessories, this exchange is based on the unfailing belief that the more people who discover the joy that comes from being in nature, the more the world will benefit.”

Räven Anorak

Raven Anorak jackets from Fjallraven, Specialized

The Räven Anorak combines Fjällräven’s classic jacket, first launched in the 1970s, with Specialized’s on-bike fit. It includes the classic waxed G-1000 fabric to block out light rain and wind. And it gets reflective details for greater visibility on the road, plus a stowable hood.

Cool Cave

Specialized cool cave rack bucket

 

The other featured product is the Cool Cave, a durable pannier ‘bucket’ that’s easy to attach to the front or rear rack.

Specialized cool cave bag options

You can use it as is, or there are a few variants like the Cave Pack and Cave Tote seek to make storage easy and keep your snacks dry. all of the options are designed to fit perfectly in the Cool Cave or cover the top, providing multiple ways to carry your gear with ease.

Other products in the drop include wool socks and T-shirts emblazoned with the brands’ combined logos. Stay tuned for the next update of the Caliswede partnership.

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biker
biker
7 months ago

The first photo shows the stupidest imaginable setup. Leave the rear, where you could stabilize the bike with your body, light, and put all the weight at the fork, where not only you don’t have enough stability but also you can’t control the bike due to the weight and inertia of the luggage.

Loading the bike ONLY makes sense when you start from the rear and gradually move to the front when you run out of space.

Yannick
Yannick
7 months ago
Reply to  biker

This above comment shows the best imaginable way the poster doesn’t know what he is talking about. Thank you.

peloton8011
peloton8011
7 months ago
Reply to  biker

Not sure about that. Usually pretty stable with a set of front loaders on the fork

Raouligan
Raouligan
7 months ago
Reply to  biker

It really isn’t if your bike is designed to take load on the front, vast majority of touring bikes are probably pretty close, maybe have a look through BQ before making generalisations about loading a bicycle…

GTtttt
GTtttt
7 months ago

You left out that Field Suit, I think we all need a cycling jumper.

Fin
Fin
7 months ago

I hope the ‘Caves’ have drain holes otherwise they’ll be overflowing with rain during a typical UK winter commute (slight exaggeration but hopefully you get the point)

Doug B
Doug B
7 months ago
Reply to  Fin

Thought the same, nice idea, but buckets are not what’s needed in the rain. Quick drill hack if no holes.

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago
Reply to  Fin

Having some experience with this, I think you’d be surprised at the amount of water that travels up through those holes from wheel splash. They’d need to be baffled.

Pimmel
Pimmel
7 months ago
Reply to  Fin

They have a plug which can be removed.

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  Fin

Zoom in on the bottom . There are the same style of slits as the top

marcus
marcus
7 months ago

I like that their promo photo features a bike that you can’t get anymore. RIP sequoia

Phil
Phil
7 months ago

I do like that the guy is riding an old 26″ with sandals ignoring the toe clips 😀

Cryogenii
Cryogenii
7 months ago

I was all up for these untilI saw the price. Fjallraven stuff is pricey, but this stuff is beyond reasonable (also no black ones). Hate to be a hater, but hopefully a third party “alternative” will be inspired by these.

Jussi
Jussi
7 months ago
Reply to  Cryogenii

As a Finnish persons who’s parents and grandparents have used Fjällräven products from the 80’s I have to say that you are right, they are pricy BUT they can back it up. I have a Fjällräven jacket that my grandfather used 20 years before he passed away and it was given to me. It’s my current hiking jacket and it’s in really good condition, the G1000 is outstandingly long lasting. When I managed to rip my 10 year old Kajka rucksack to some branch Fjällräven send me (after email) bunch of repair pieces with same color and material (vinylon). I don’t think all Fjällräven products are worth the money (Kanken), but you when you look at the price you can try to think that this will last to the next generation while being eco-friendly and you’re getting really good customer service which those other brands won’t always do.

John
John
7 months ago

holsters are good but those are too big for bikepacking.

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