New kit day is always a good day. It’s always nice pulling on those new socks, jerseys, and bibs, or feeling nice and cozy in a new jacket or gloves.
More and more companies are putting out extremely stylish and unique clothing and that can only be a win for cyclists as we now have a rather large selection of goods to choose from, and the quality is going up with it.
Let’s have a look at a few that have been catching my attention:
For the roadies out there, we have Ten Speed Hero. This company out of Chicago, Il produces bright, striking clothing that are fun, cheery, a bit cheeky, with nice clean designs. I’d probably have a closet full of it, if I could afford an unhealthy kit habit. Can’t comment on fit or quality, having never actually tried it, but it looks great.
They do jerseys, jackets, bibs, tons of socks, caps – the lot.
I’ve got a bit of a jeans thing going, and Australian brand, Creux does a pair that I’d very much like to try out (along with some of their t-shirts, jackets, and shorts…). These sound pretty chock full of cycling accoutrements, including, amongst other things, Schoeller Nanosphere technology for water repellancy and, interestingly, include a light chamois built into them. Interesting indeed.
These guys also do a small but concise line of casual wear that covers t-shirts, shorts, jackets, and hoodies that are all made with cycling in mind.
If you are after something a little more… technical… lets just say pricier… then Mission Workshop has you covered. As with all things, you get what you pay for, and their clothing is designed with the expectation that it will be used in every conceivable condition. They’ve not got a huge range, but have one of everything in a wild colour palette that ranges all the way from light grey to dark grey. They have a few retail shops in the US, and deal with Acre bags, another high-end brand, and a range of casual shoes that can be used with spd pedals, although they don’t ship the shoes internationally.
Bags with a lifetime warranty. High-end Swiss fabrics in a technical design, made locally (California and Vancouver) to the highest standard. That’s where your dollars go.
One can dream.