PINKBIKE 2017 Fall/Winter Gear Guide - Gear Essentials

by David Billstrom

Justin Fernandes with all the essentials. Kitsbow Trials Jacket and Madison DTE Waterproof Short, Showers Pass Waterproof socks, Giro Pivot 2.0 gloves, Giro Ambient Cap, Kitsbow LS power wool base layer.

Men's Trials Jacket ($395 USD)
Softshell feel, hardshell performance. Impossible? Tell that to the designers at Kitsbow. These guys obsess over fabrics. And their Trials Jacket with wrist vents and a helmet compatible hood is the shit. Pardon my french. It's waterproof thanks to Polartec's Neoshell fabric: windproof, waterproof and insanely breathable. There are wrist vents, a roll top hood, a Napoleon pocket, adjustable cuffs and waist, and looks absolutely baller. I wore this in miserable conditions with a base layer, and a mid layer, banking on how a typical waterproof/breathable shell will help keep you warm as your sweat vapor gets trapped against the outer shell. Um... failure on my part. Neoshell has a much lower threshold for vapor transmission. I was forced to don a skull cap or freeze because it breathed so well. At the same time, it remained waterproof. Win-win. Yes, it's ungodly expensive; but damn. This thing works. - C

Power Wool Baselayer ($115 USD)
Kitsbow is well known for quality cycling apparel, and the Power Wool base layer is a stylish home run (although it comes at no small price). It features a 3-snap henley style collar, merino wool/polyester blend for durability and odor control, and is flat stitched to keep chaffing and irritation at bay. The blend of fibers is woven so that the wool is next to skin, and the polyester layer is on the outside of the garment where it evaporates off more readily. It's a sweet shirt that's stylish enough to head to the bar with after a ride and not look like a dweeb or knock anyone over with B.O. thanks to the odor control of the Merino fibers. - C

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