It’s only been about five months since MAAP launched their latest Alt_Road line of clothing designed for all-terrain adventuring.
Calling the collection a modular line designed for riders who like to mix and match their ride gear, the Melbourne-based company first rolled out new gear in November, including a cargo bib short, Polartec Tees, Alt_Road Jerseys, thermals, and gloves, along with a frame pack created in partnership with Apidura.
This month, the entire Alt_Road lineup is getting new colors, a new half-zip jersey, merino arms warmers, and caps, along with a whole line of Apidura bags to make treks further into the backcountry a breeze, no matter the season.
Tight, loose, warm, or breathable, the Alt_Road lineup has an option for every ride. As in the initial rollout in November, the crux of the MAAP getup is its sharp-looking cargo bib short priced at an MSRP of $284. The shorts are made with a four-way stretch compression fabric and a 3D molded chamois that will make your hind parts grateful after a long day in the saddle. They include a stash pocket, rear pockets, and a zip pocket to keep can’t-lose gear right where it belongs.
The half-zip jersey is made from merino wool, which helps the body regulate temperature, along with pocket panels and a ripstop side body to increase durability. It comes in black or dark teal. MAAP says the half-zip jersey is a performer, but still casual enough to wear on bike trips that may involve a stop at the brewery or coffee shop. It goes for an MSRP of $180.
The cap is composed of ultra-lightweight and packable recycled polyester and other water-repellant materials designed to be worn under a helmet. It cinches into place with a bungee cord back strap. The cap is available in three colors: black, quartz, and sand for an MSRP of $52.
Layering is easy with numerous long-sleeve, and thermal options in the collection, including vests and full jackets.
The initial rollout of the ALT_Road line came equipped with an Apidura collaboration four-liter frame bag ideal for stashing ride essentials, but not really much more. The new lineup includes two much more significant on-bike bags, including the MAAP x Apidura Handlebar Pack, and the MAAP x Apidura Saddle Pack.
Both bags are constructed with ultralight waterproof laminate, making them tough, weatherproof, and an ideal bikepacking pick.
Weighing in at just under eight ounces, the handlebar pack offers nine liters of capacity and high contrast graphics to keep things safe in the dark. It also has a front pocket for items that need quick access while riding.
The saddle pack weighs about a half gram less and offers seven liters of storage space. It features a burly velcro seat post strap and an integrated bungee cord to keep things secure.
All the bags range in price from MSRP of $158 to $170 and can combine to make a solid bike packing setup.
Find out more at the MAAP.cc website.