Following the news that Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be sporting Nukeproof Ridewear threads this season, Nukeproof have revealed the complete 2020 Ridewear Collection. Now we can all wear the kit donned by 3x EWS Champion, Sam Hill. Both the Nukeproof Nirvana, Blackline and Outland riding kit is updated for this model year, with some pretty radical artwork from designer Lynsey Grattan. Here’s a quick rundown of the new Nukeproof MTB Kit.
Nukeproof MTB Kit
Performance is at the heart of the Nirvana range of Nukeproof MTB kit, their “ultimate trail-enduro” ridewear. For 2020 the Nirvana Jersey sleeves have been reworked with a light mesh on the inside to improve ventilation. It retains a durable tear resistant fabric, to prevent snagging on gorse and other foliage. It also features added Cordura protection at the elbow area. Silicon gripper patches on the Nirvana jersey shoulders help lock hydration packs in place.
The main body of the jersey is made from a lightweight fully sublimated 4-way stretch fabric (89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane), with a breathable laser cut mesh back to allow your body to breath and move unrestricted on the bike. All seams are welded.
The Nirvana Shorts are also constructed from a lightweight 4-way stretch fabric, designed to offer freedom of movement while at the same time resisting scrapes from trailside debris. The shorts feature triple stitching on the inner leg seams to improve durability. Seams that come in contact with the rider’s skin, at the hem and waistband, are bonded for comfort.
Double secure waist poppers, plus inner waist adjusters should allow riders to achieve a comfortable fit. Silicon grippers on the inner waist lock the short in position. Two bonded zipper pockets plus an inner pocket with detachable goggle bag provide easily accessible storage space for essential kit.
The Nirvana long-sleeve jersey and shorts retail for £65 and £80, respectively. The Nirvana lightweight jacket, available in black & purple remains unchanged and carries over into the 2020 collection.
The Blackline Nukeproof MTB Kit is also what they refer to as “performance trail wear” but it is a little more casual than the items you’d find in the Nirvana collection, and cheaper. I guess the Angry Banana is casual, in his own way. Now that I have successfully anthropomorphised a banana, I can move on and inform you that this radical design is a limited edition in the Blackline Collection. It can be found in men’s and women’s cut, on the jerseys, storage bib liner and gloves.
The Blackline jersey is constructed using 100% recycled S-café polyester fabric, infused with a bi product of coffee production to add natural antimicrobial, wicking (200% faster than a cotton tee) and odour resistance. Nukeproof have added some practicality to the MTB jersey with a side zipped pocket, ideal for small valuables. It features an audio port for headphones, so you can stow your phone in there and enjoy some tunes.
The Blackline jersey is offered in a long sleeve and a short sleeve version, for men and women, priced at £45 and £40, respectively. The Blackline shorts are available in charcoal, red and blue colorways, and will set you back £60.
Coming soon to the Nukeproof Blackline collection is the 2020 Storage Bib Short. Its Elastic Interface MTB Performance Pad is said to offer ample comfort for 7+ hour days in the saddle. It will have breathable mesh liners on the leg for improved ventilation, and will of course feature multiple pockets on the back and on the outer side of the legs for carrying trailside essentials and snacks. £60 will get you a pair, in Black or Angry Banana.
Also new to the collection are the Vapour Gloves. £20 will get you a pair of these summer-specific Nukeproof MTB gloves. They are a close-fitting padless glove, with a minimalist design. The palm uses a perforated single-layer Clarino leather palm. The backhand uses lightweight soft stretch jersey fabric. The forefinger features silicone print to aid grip on the bars and brake, and the thumb is touchscreen compatible.
Outland Nukeproof MTB Kit
Outland is at the super casual end Nukeproof MTB Kit collection. Not every rider wants to look like they are off to a race. If that sounds like you, then the Outland range is probably your best bet. It is still composed of technical fabrics but you won’t look out of place at your local watering hole post-ride.
The long and short sleeve jerseys are constructed with DriRelease technology to keep riders cool, dry, fresh and comfortable whilst retaining a casual look. DriRelease fabrics is the engineered combination of hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibres that allow them to engage with moisture naturally to improve how moisture is pulled from the skin and released into the air. Tech aside, we like its simple, featureless design with old school Nukeproof branding.
The Outland Shorts are packed with features and they’re built tough, with triple stitched hems in areas prone to wear and tear, and YKK popper buttons and YKK zips. The inseams are long enough to work with knee pads without revealing an unfortunate skin gap. The inner waistband is adjustable. The shorts have two front pockets, one with a lanyard D-loop for attaching keys to, and a zipped side leg pocket is ideal for stashing your phone and valuables. The Outland shorts will set you back £50, and are available in Black and Blue colorways.
The 2020 Nukeproof MTB Kit from the Nirvana, Blackline and Outlander collections is available in stores now.