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Innovate Your Ride: The Best Spring Cycling Apparel of 2017

clairewsmiley 4 years ago

The best way to be prepared for variable weather? Pick Polartec.

Outside Magazine’s bike expert Aaron Gulley noticed something as he recently prepped for a spring ride: the go-to pieces he pulled from his closet were all made with Polartec fabrics.

This is more than a coincidence. Polartec CEO Gary Smith, an avid cyclist himself, saw an opportunity. “What carbon fiber has done for bikes, I want Polartec to do for bike apparel,” he said.

Collaborating on apparel development with numerous cycling companies, Polartec is making inroads into cyclists’ closets. Cyclists are notoriously picky about gear, but Polartec’s commitment to fabric innovation swayed even the most concerned gear junkie. After all, we took the challenge seriously. From developing the entire kit — from fabric to finished pieces — for Alberto Contador’s development team to inventing Polartec Delta cooling fabric, we’re finding new ways to improve the riding experience.

Get a piece of the action. Check out a few of this season’s best uses of Polartec fabrics for cycling, on the trails, roads, and for your commute.


Giro Xar Jersey

Giro Xar Jersey
Made with silkweight Polartec Power Dry, Giro’s Xar Jersey (available for men too) is ready to rip trails, wick sweat, dry fast, and look good doing it.

Kitsbow Power Wool Baselayer

Kitsbow Power Wool Long Sleeve
Soft wool against your skin, durable polyester facing the elements, and Kitsbow styling. What more your could you ask for?

KETL MTN Short Sleeve Jersey

KETL MTN Short Sleeve Jersey
A jersey that wicks sweat, protects you on the trails, and is an acceptable style choice at the post-ride bar.

Kitsbow Coleman Valley Bib Short

Kitsbow Coleman Valley Bib
Outside Magazine’s cycling expert Aaron Gulley raved about this bib. Made in the USA from lightweight UPF 50 Polartec Power Stretch, it will be your new favorite.

Kitsbow Trail Boxer

Kitsbow Trail Boxer
There is nothing Polartec Power Dry can’t do, including keeping your nether regions dry and comfortable.


Velocio ES Rain Jacket

Velocio Women’s ES Jacket

Velocio Men’s ES Jacket
The secret to this rain jacket? It’s more than a rain jacket. Velocio choose waterproof yet breathable Polartec NeoShell, a fabric that does not resemble that of a trash bag, to create a jacket that works equally well for spring showers as it does for summer rides in the mountains.

Garneau Alpha Vest

Garneau Alpha Vest
Transitional weather calls for layers that will keep you warm when you need it but dump heat as the cadence picks up. Developed for the US Special Forces, Polartec Alpha is breathable insulation that works with your body. Therefore do not underrate the versatility of Garneau’s Alpha Vest. Lightweight and breathable, it’s warm when you need it and stuffs into jersey pockets when you don’t.

Rapha Pro Team Softshell Jacket

Rapha Pro Team Softshell

Not only will you look like a boss at the start line in this Rapha piece made with Polartec Power Shield Pro, you’ll feel like one too. Rapha’s thoughtful design details pair well with our highly breathable, weather-resistant fabric workhorse.

Sportful Fiandre Extreme Short Sleeve Jacket

Sportful Fiande Extreme SS Jersey
You’ll also see this piece on Alberto Contador and his professional cycling counterparts on team Trek Segafredo. Made with breathable Polartec NeoShell, this jersey will keep you riding fast and dry in the rain without that clammy feeling.

Velocio Radiator SL Baselayer

Men’s Radiator SL Base Layer
As temperatures rise, Polartec Delta will become your go-to fabric. The innovative knit of Delta amps up your body’s natural cooling process (aka sweat) without the clinginess sometimes experienced with wicking fabrics. This is the shirt you’ll want to wear on every hot ride.


Mission Workshop The Meridian : Vest

Mission Workshop The Meridian : Vest
April showers bring May…showers. Whatever wetness your commute brings, be prepared with Mission Workshop’s smart use of Polartec NeoShell.

Myles Elements Jacket

Myles Elements Jacket
Myles is based in San Francisco so they have intimate knowledge of variable weather. Their pick for a ready-for-anything waterproof, breathable jacket? Polartec NeoShell.

Mission Workshop The Torre : Wind Pro

Mission Workshop Torre : Wind Pro
Mission Workshop says this hoody is made from “one of the most advanced knit fabrics ever made.” They’re describing Polartec Wind Pro Hardface. Who are we to disagree?

Oiselle Flyout Long Sleeve

Oiselle Flyout Long Sleeve
This is technically a running top but works equally well for your stop-and-go commute. Oiselle uses Polartec Delta cooling fabric to create a a silhouette that hovers over the body without bunching under your laptop bag.

We obsess over fabric innovation so you can get more from your ride regardless of the weather. Our job is to solve problems. You job is to enjoy spring rides.



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