Fall’s crisp air and colorful scenery make for ideal riding conditions – unless of course you’re not prepared for the dropping temps. Machines For Freedom, 7mesh and Velocio bring us new women’s specific apparel designed for the transition from summer to fall. Whether you’re chasing the shortened day’s light on an long endurance ride, braving the conditions at a local cross race or tearing up a fresh blanket of leaves on single track; these warmer apparel pieces are essentials for all-season layering…
The new Machines For Freedom Galaxie Wind Vest is a great fitting and stylish staple. Shown here with the new Horizons Print jersey, the Galaxie Wind Vest can easily be stashed in a jersey pocket for mid-ride layering. While most vests are inherently simple, the ladies at Machines For Freedom bring us a vest with plenty of features including a breathable full-mesh back panel, three full-size and easily accessed pockets, chest and arm hole articulation for a slim and tailored fit, and a sleek wind resistant and water repellant fabric. The vest is finished with a space print on the shoulder panel for a subtle pop of chic.
This is a don’t-leave-home-without-it necessity piece. The Galaxie Wind Vest, as part of new Horizons Collection, is available at machinesforfreedom.com and select local bike shops for $160.00 in XXS to XL, in Black.
7mesh is an apparel brand that hails from Squamish, British Columbia. The mountain biking in B.C. is legendary as well as wet and windy. It’s only fitting that 7mesh produces highly technical apparel perfectly suited for adverse weather riding conditions. The Women’s Resistance Jacket is an all-weather protecting and preforming essential with top notch construction. The fit is athletic and has a shoulder articulation that is ideal for a riding position, i.e. the back of the jacket won’t creep up and the shoulder has freedom while aggressively charging your favorite trails and roads.
The fabric is windproof and water resistant WINDSTOPPER® Active – super protective from the elements but also very light (110g), supple and breathable. The jacket packs into its own zippered side pocket for easy stashing into a jersey pocket or pack. The back panel features two vents for added breathability. The Resistance Jacket is finished with a watertight front zipper, gripper elastic hem and reflective details. If less-than-ideal weather doesn’t scare you, then this jacket is your shoulder season best friend. Available at 7meshinc.com, select local bike shops and online dealers for $300 in XS to L, in Royal Purple.
Velocio pulls out all the stops in offering a full range of apparel. The new Helen Wyman Signature collection offers all the needed cold weather layering pieces for all-day comfort at cross races or while training and riding. Shown here is the Helen Wyman Signature Short Sleeve Jersey and Helen Wyman Signature Thermal Bib. The mid weight jersey is a Polyamid-Estastane fabric with a graphic mesh side panel. The slim fit and breathability of this jersey make it ideal both as a stand alone jersey or comfortably layered under jackets. Pair the jersey with Velocio’s Arm Warmers and/or The Helen Wyman Signature MID Jacket and you’re prepared to layer up or strip down for changing temps.
The Helen Wyman Signature Thermal Bib is a cozy shoulder season essential bib. The bib’s Winterfit™ fabric is water repellant on the outside and back brushed on the inside. The back brushed inside extends into the bib straps – a small detail that makes these bibs surprisingly toasty. These bibs pair great with Velocio’s Leg Warmers for colder days. For the harshest cross race standby, layer the bibs under the Helen Wyman RECON Overpant (available early Oct). The Helen Wyman Collection is available at velocio.cc and select local bike shops. The Short Sleeve jersey is $169.00 and comes in 2XS-XL, Navy. The Thermal Bib Short is $229 and comes in 2XS-XL, Black.