Just like last year, Christmas is quickly closing the gap. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably just starting to gather gifts now. Though there’s not a lot in the thermal department, there’s still a load of cool new gear that can play a role throughout the year (didn’t mean to make that rhyme but it works). Jump past the break for a fully loaded clothing roundup special…
Donkey Label has brought their crowd pleasing DL Staple bib back with the Staple 2.0 bib shorts. There’s no cuff, which means there’s a super aero and comfortable border between the fabric and the leg; not to mention an even amount of pressure around the quad. They are shorter than the previous iteration, but claim it’s just as comfortable.
They’re also bringing out the long sleeve Block Retro jersey. The fabrics of choice include an American knit & spandex along with an Italian mesh for a snug fit. It’s designed with all conditions in mind, breathable during the summer, and a snug layer blocking the chills during the winter. Sizes: XS-XXL (Bibs) S-XL (Jersey) Prices: $225-235 (Bib) : $155 (Jersey)
Eliel Cycling has added new designs to their Squid Separates group. Their goal is to offer comfortable race ready apparel, and unique mix match designs, so anything in the line will go well together. The bibs get a mesh back and leg grippers. Chamois is anti bacterial and moisture wicking. It’s all made in hand-made in California. Sizes: S-XXL (Men) : XS-XL (Women) Prices: $200 (Bibs) : $130 (Jersey) : $150 (LS Jersey)
SaK07 is now available on Defeet‘s page in addition to their own. With this move comes some new designs & colors. On the left there’s the new Klimt sock, inspired by Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. On the right is a new purple color option of the rose socks, it’s also available in blue. There are a couple more colors and patterns on Defeet’s site that you can’t find on Sako’s. Sizes: S-XL Price: $19
State Bicycle Co.
Take a big bite of member berry pie before checking out this 80’s/90’s inspired kit from State Bicycle Co. They’ve mixed up all of your favorite toys to create a long-sleeve kit. Toys include Barbie, Beanie Babies, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, action figures, Moon Boots, and so much more. Also, the cuffs and collar are finished with holiday inspired red/white stripes. You may not have a flux capacitor but you’ll still be able to jump time with this kit. (Euro) Sizes: S-XXL Price: $80
The Luxe bib short by Velocio were built from scratch focusing on key features of any bib. They used a very fine fabric that’s woven super tight with almost double the amount of Lycra. It’s look and feel is similar to a microfiber, but with more elasticity. Their goal was to create a bib that is unnoticeable while riding. They used fewer seams to give some shape to the bib, but it relies more on the elastic properties more than previous shorts. Fewer seams reduces friction leading to a more comfortable fit. Sizes: XS- XXL Price: $260
Rails to Trails
Rails to Trails Conservancy has worked to create bike paths from old railways, hoping to build healthier communities and economies around them. They’ve released the 2016 jersey by Primal Wear to help fund their cause. It has the “Share the Trail” campaign on the breast, and a tree inspired map showing different benefits of their cause. (Currently available) Sizes: XXL (Men) S, XL (Women) Price: $70