Every year at this time it seems that we start wondering where the summer went, but for 2020 this is particularly true. Fortunately, it’s still pretty warm outside, but it won’t be long until that’s no longer the case (or already the case depending on your location and elevation). Also an annual occurrence is the process of searching for your cold weather gear and trying to remember how to properly dress for the season. However, this year Specialized is hoping to make the process of staying warm and dry easier than ever with their Trail-Series layering system. The collection of pieces are designed to work together to cover everything from cool autumn days, to sopping wet winter rides.
Trail-Series Short Sleeve Rain Anorak
Everything in the Trail-Series collection is men’s or women’s specific – but with one exception. Their Short Sleeve Rain Anorak is a unisex piece that’s slightly oversized to offer a highly breathable rain layer.
You know those times you put on your rain jacket only to immediately feel like you’re riding in a sauna, and try to push up your sleeves for some relief? That’s exactly what the SS Anorak is designed to prevent. The 3 layer laminated shell is waterproof, wind resistant, and still breathable with fully taped seams and YKK AquaGuard zippers. There’s also an over the helmet hood with rain visor and draw cord, and a half zip front for venting.
Better still, it packs into its own pocket to create a hip pack so you can stash it when you don’t need it. Available in black or taupe, the Anorak is priced at $150.
Trail-Series Rain Jacket
For even wetter, colder days, the the Trail-Series rain jack is offered in both men’s and women’s – though the two are not created equal. The men’s jacket gets upgraded woven Polartec Neoshell fabric for super breathable waterproofing. But it’s also quite a bit more expensive at $375.
The women’s version instead uses a 3 layer laminated shell that is still waterproof and breathable, but is not Neoshell. That drops the price to $225 though.
Both jackets include fully taped seams, YKK AquaGuard zippers, and over the helmet hood with rain visors and adjustable draw cords.
Trail-Series Wind Jacket
When the wind is of more concern than the rain, the Trail-Series Wind Jacket steps in with a 100% recycled polyester wind shell. The jacket is water resistant, but it’s also more breathable because it’s not water proof.
Both men’s and women’s wind jackets include an under helmet integrated hood and perforated venting on the rear, and a price of $125.
Trail-Series Alpha Jacket
For those really cold days, the Trail-Series Alpha Jacket calls in the special forces with Polartec Alpha Direct insulation – literally. Originally invented for U.S. Special Forces, Polartec Alpha was designed for consistent warmth and incredible breathability in constantly changing conditions and activity levels. Alpha Direct is a twist on the original Alpha, which eliminates the backing fabric meaning the insulation can be worn in direct contact to your skin. This increases breathability further, while also reducing the weight. Sounds good, right? This is one we’re very excited to try.
Offered in men’s and women’s fits, the Trail-Series Alpha Jacket is priced at $225.
Trail-Series Thermal Jersey
What to wear under those outer layers? The Trail-Series has two options, starting with the Thermal Jersey. Created using Polartec Power Grid fabric with a 4-way stretch construction, the jersey is designed to absorb sweat and transfer it away from your body keeping you warm and dry. There’s a front kangaroo pocket with a zippered compartment for valuables, and a side zip for venting. Both men’s and women’s will sell for $150 each.
Trail-Series Supima Cotton Mineral Washed Jersey
Finally, there’s also a short sleeve Trail-Series Supima Cotton Mineral Washed jersey. Specialized states that “Supima Cotton is a superior type of cotton grown in the USA, and the unique cotton fibers give this fabric its premium properties: Strength and Softness.” The cotton is then mineral washed to make it every softer and give it a unique look. The cotton is combined with 46% Modal fabric which is a semi-synthetic type of rayon made from beech tree pulp. The result is an elevated tee with a super soft cotton feel, and casual style for $65.
Trail-Series 3X Dry Short
What to wear on your bottom half? Specialized is going with their 3X Dry Short which gets its name from Schoeller 3XDRY fabric. While some rides may call for full on winter pants, a good pair of water repellent shorts paired with knee pads, knee warmers, leg warmers, or even full length tights provide a lot of versatility to cover a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Available in men’s or women’s, the 3XDRY shorts are priced at $150.
Trail-Series Thermal Gloves
Finish off the collection with the Trail-Series Thermal gloves which feature a three layer softshell upper and hydrophobic Ax suede palm. They’re touchscreen compatible with Wiretap fingertips, and use a velcro cuff for adjustments. These are priced at $40.
Most of the Trail-Series collection is available now from your favorite Specialized dealer, or directly through the link below.