Gear Break: Shoes, Clothing, Helmets, Phone Protection and a Hand Painted Bike
Gear Break: This week’s selection of new and innovative gear: Matteo Trentin’s covid-19 customized Sidi shoes, Rapha and Outdoor Voices join forces with an all-new women’s collection, NeatCleats to supply the Movistar team, new colors for the KASK 2021 road range, adventure-proof your phone with the LifeProof FRĒ case and ex-pro cyclist turned artist Taylor Phinney is auctioning a hand painted bike. Something for everybody.
Covid-19: Matteo Trentin Customizes Sidi Shoes to Thank the Hospital Hallways’ Heroes
An striking graphic interpretation created in response to the pandemic that has affected the world.
Nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals were the real heroes of this pandemic, fighting day and night in hospitals. Today, Matteo Trentin has chosen to customize a pair of Sidi Shot shoes as a symbolic ‘thank you’ to those who have previously and those who are still at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.
“I saw this image by an English cartoonist that immediately provoked a strong reaction in me. While his work is a direct message, I thought that the situation that the whole world is facing deserved an honest response. There is no intent behind the use of this image other than to raise people’s spirits with this striking cartoon.” Matteo explains in regard to his choice to use the artist’s interpretation of covid-19 in the comic strip to express his own thoughts.
The image shows a nurse facing a huge pathogen, a symbol sadly known by many in the recent months as the ‘face of covid’. Her stance and attitude represents the tenacity, spirit and sacrifice of those who have faced this battle themselves. Its message is one of thanks and encouragement at the same time.
The shoes that have been specially customized by Matteo will not be available in the Sidi catalogue but collectors will have the chance to win them in a charity auction held at the end of the season.
More information on Sidi shoes at: sidi.com
• Check prices on other Sid shoes at Amazon here
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Join Forces to Get the World Moving
Coming together to deliver an all-new women’s collection for new cyclists and specialists.
Rapha have joined forces with US-based recreational brand Outdoor Voices on a mission to Get The World Moving. At Rapha, we ride together. Outdoor Voices believes that Doing Things – moving your body and having fun with friends – is the surest way to a happy and healthy life.
After meeting two years ago on a cycling adventure in Mallorca, we started work on a women’s collection quite unlike any other we’ve made before. It’s a collection for both dedicated riders and recreationalists, for brand new cyclists and specialists alike. The collection combines years of expertise in performance fabrics and fit with a fresh, new perspective and added practical features. There are extra pockets and pouches for riding essentials, a women’s specific chamois pad, and pioneering new patterning for a contoured fit.
Rapha’s Maria Olsson, Head of Design said: “Together with OV we set out to achieve a positive and inclusive experience for all women who love cycling, and also break down some of the barriers which can be a bit overwhelming. We wanted to bring everyone along on the journey through the graphics and colors of the range, without compromising on the technical aspects that we are known for.”
“Since the collaboration stemmed from a riding trip in Mallorca, terrazzo floors and walls were an influence from the outset,” says Agata Jasinska, one of Rapha’s designers. “By creating garments with layers of overlapping fabric and transparent panels, we aimed to recreate the visual effect of terrazzo. The depth of color and the multi-purpose, utilitarian pocket arrangements make these products different.”
Explaining the choice of colors, Jess Money, graphic designer adds: “We wanted an earthy palette to complement the terrazzo print, so throughout the collection you have all of the elements: earth, wind and fire. These elements come together to create rocks, just like the garments in this collection come together to form the layered effect of the terrazzo.”
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Jersey
A lightweight jersey made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
All the hallmarks of our much-loved women’s jerseys are here: a streamlined silhouette, lightweight and breathable fabrics and internal taping for stability even when your pockets are fully loaded. With OV, we’ve added a subtle coin pouch to complement the three rear pockets and a zipped loop pocket that is perfect for storing the Wind Jacket. These two items are designed to combine – the jersey is available in a range of three colors chosen to complete the jacket’s terrazzo design.
● Integrated see-through phone pocket
● Matching essentials case included
● Super technical material keeps you cool and dry
● Available in Dark Green, Pale Blue and Terracota.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Wind Jacket
A super light, functional wind jacket made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
The centerpiece of the collection features a striking terrazzo print inspired by Mallorca and a host of practical features. The overlapped design of the back panel makes for excellent breathability and a sleek silhouette while a spacious dump pocket, snap pouch for coins, and an elastic loop for an extra layer allow you to carry all you need and more. There’s even a hidden drop tail with a reflective speckle pattern for added visibility.
● Super light fabric with a terrazzo-inspired print that’s unique to each garment
● Full-width rear pocket with elastic loops adds storage options
● Detachable essentials case made from excess material
● Available in White and Multicolor. The Multicolor version is limited edition and can be only purchased from Rapha.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cargo Bib Shorts
A pair of padded shorts with pockets, in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
Utility meets comfort in a game-changing pair of bibs with a pocket on either leg and one on the back for maximum storage. Just like the jacket, the bib section uses an overlapped design to complete the layered terrazzo aesthetic while the chamois pad has been designed and shaped specifically for women, on their very first ride or their longest yet.
● Two leg pockets with reflective detail inside
● Additional back pocket Our new, super comfortable women’s Classic chamois
● Cross-back design for ease of use
● Available in Dark Navy.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices High Waisted Padded Shorts
A comfortable pair of high-waisted shorts made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
For those who prefer to ride without bib straps, our all-new shorts provide the same comfort and stability as a bib short with a double-layer waistband for a secure fit. The high cut waistline complements the collection’s Cropped T-Shirt while the shorter leg length prevents embarrassing tan lines just above the knee. The chamois pad is the same used in the collection’s bib short – designed and developed by women.
● Comfortable Rapha women’s Classic chamois pad
● High waist means no pressure on the stomach on or off the bike
● Color blocked with contrast gripper matches the collection
● Available in Dark Green and Dark Navy.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cropped T-Shirt
A loose and comfortable cropped tee made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
Whether on or off the bike, this 100% cotton t-shirt is perfect for Doing Things. It pairs perfectly with the High Waisted Shorts to offer everyday comfort and style on your next outdoor endeavor.
● Classic cropped fit
● Comfortable 100% cotton
● Colour matched to collection
● Available in Lilac and White.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Light Support Bra
A light support bra for cycling, made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
Based on Outdoor Voices Tech Sweat Bra, this high-coverage piece is made with cycling in mind, wicking well when you’re working. It pairs well with bib shorts and is cut to offer support in an on-bike position. Color matched with the accompanying collection, this light support crop top forms the perfect foundation for your activity outfit.
● Back cut to match well with Rapha + Outdoor Voices Bib Shorts
● Cut in around outer bust to suit on-bike position
● Technical sweat wicking and breathable fabric
● Available in Dark Green and Pale Blue.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cap
A lightweight cotton cap to complement our collaboration with Outdoor Voices
Cotton cycling caps have long been iconic cycling attire, unless you have a ponytail. Then it becomes more of an inconvenience than an icon. Not any more. This cap has been designed specifically for women, and incorporates feedback from our professional women’s team. There’s a gap for your ponytail and the overlap patterning that ties the collection together.
● Available in Pale Blue/Dark Green and Dark Blue/Dark Navy/Dark Green.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Bar Bag
A bar bag you can wear, made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
A transforming, compact bag that can be attached via sturdy clips to your bike’s handlebar, or worn over the shoulder on spontaneous roadside stops. The jacket, jersey, and shorts in this collection provide plenty of storage space, but sometimes you need a bit more. Keep an extra layer, supplies, and even a disposable camera in here to make sure you’re never without.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Socks
A pair of performance socks made in collaboration with Outdoor Voices
These socks are based on our popular Pro Team pair and made with a lightweight and breathable material and an open structure for excellent temperature regulation. The socks use a yarn created to feel very soft against your skin and also wick moisture efficiently, to ensure comfortable feet. The footbed also has a soft finish for comfort, while handlocked seams and flatlock stitching throughout ensure the socks won’t chafe, no matter how hard or hot the ride.
Available in White and Dark Green.
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Jersey: $165
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Wind Jacket: $180
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cargo Bib Shorts: $250
Rapha + Outdoor Voices High-Waisted Padded Shorts: $110
Rapha + Outdoor Cropped T-Shirt: $55
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Light Support Bra: $55
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Cap: $35
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Bar Bag: $70
Rapha + Outdoor Voices Socks: $20
NeatCleats to Keep Movistar Team’s Equipment Tidier and Cleaner
Holding and mounting systems from the British firm allow Telefónica-backed squad’s riders take care of their cleats and shoes, with easier transport and better organization in their everyday life.
Easy, well-built gear which makes for easier, more comfortable training and racing for the Movistar Team. The Telefónica-backed squad is starting an agreement with NeatCleats, a British producer of mounting, adjusting and fixing systems for cycling shoes and cleats. (Official website)
Based in South Brent, Devon, in southwest England, NeatCleats builds devices which allow keep shoes together in one piece (NeatCleats Original), compatible with top pedal brands-including Movistar Team partner Look Cycle; Wall Mount systems to keep the cleats fixed to a flat surface; or Carabiner clips to hold the shoes firmly and help with transport, attached to a bag or wherever one can hang it to with ease.
NeatCleats’ list of products also includes their own system to adjust the cleats and fix them to the shoe more easily, called NeatCleats Align. All these elements have a common goal: keep your cycling shoes clean, your equipment tidy and your cleats protected, making the Movistar Team riders’ life more comfortable.
Alistair Taverner, Designer and Managing Director, NeatCleats: “Ever since watching my first Tour in 1990 I’ve loved cycling and to be part of the team with all its history, is something very special for me. We’ve worked with the Movistar Team for 3 years now and their feedback from the team and riders has helped with the development with our Zpurs product and NeatCleats Align. Having met the team at the 2018 Tour we really enjoyed there warmth and hospitality from both the riders and management. We’re looking forward to working with them in the future.”
Juan Pablo Molinero, CMO, Movistar Team: “NeatCleats is a state-of-the-art product built by cycling lovers. It helps our day to day trips by organizing and transport cycling shoes in a safer and more comfortable way. A young Project growing fast and sustainably, just like Movistar Team is doing.”
About NeatCleats and Zpurs
NeatCleats and Zpurs keep your shoes together for when you’re home, out racing, or on your travels. The NeatCleats Align fits to all the major Cleat types with the pedal axis point and centerline marked on the NeatCleats to help riders find their best cleat position. Due to the success of the NeatCleats, Zpurs was launched to clip any shoe together and was awarded the Red Dot design award this year.
More info on NeatCleats at: neatcleats.cc
• Buy the NeatCleats Wall Mount on Amazon here
KASK Unveils Bold New Colors for 2021 Road Range
11 new colorways for the popular Utopia, Protone and Rapido models
Multi-award winning cycle helmet manufacturer KASK today announces the introduction of 11 new colorways to its 2021 road cycling helmet range. Spanning the brand’s Utopia, Protone and Rapido models, the vibrant new styles are now available alongside an array of existing color options. All models are available in a full range of sizes and feature market-leading technology for both performance and safety.
Previously available in six colorways, the Utopia, KASK’s premium aerodynamic helmet, now comes in three more striking new variants: light blue, red and grey.
A favorite among Team INEOS riders, KASK has added five new colorways to its Protone collection. In addition to the existing range of 20 diverse colors, riders can now choose from olive green matt dotted blue, matt black/red, black/yellow fluo and grey matt.
The ever popular Rapido – the helmet delivering professional level performance at an entry level price – benefits from three additional bold new designs. This rounds up its existing range to 10, with the introduction of orange, black/yellow fluo and black-black.
For more information about the Utopia, Protone, Rapido and KASK’s other market leading cycling helmets, visit www.kask.com.
• Shop link for Kask helmets on Amazon here
Adventure-Proof Your Phone with the LifeProof FRĒ Phone Case
Summer is officially here and that means more outdoor adventures on the trail, to the beach, and on the water!
The LifeProof FRĒ phone case will adventure-proof your device, keeping it sealed from the elements: dirt, sand, and water for all summertime adventure! Go ahead and hit up the trails for a run or mountain bike ride, get serious about beach volleyball (or building sand castles), head out for a paddle, or take some fun underwater photos, the LifeProof FRĒ will keep up with you.
We especially love the new and more sleek design for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Available now on LifeProof.com.
A new sleek updated case design for iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max will keep up with your summertime adventures! Whether you’re drawn to the water, dusty trails, or sandy beaches.
WATERPROOF | DIRTPROOF | SNOWPROOF | DROPPROOF
Regular MSRP $89.99 | Preview here.
• Shop link for Lifeproof FRĒ phone cases on Amazon here
Previous FRĒ case design available for Apple and Samsung devices. View full collection here.
● 360° Protection – Built-in screen cover
● Submersible up to 6.6 feet/2 meters for 1 hour
● Survives drops from 6.6 feet/2 meters
● Shields Ports, Mic + Speakers
● Sealed from water, dirt, snow + debris
● All phone features work inside FRĒ
Taylor Phinney Bike Auction
Ex-Pro Cyclist turned artist Taylor Phinney is auctioning a beautiful hand painted Allied Able bike from now – end of July:
Former Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney, his son, National Champion, Taylor Phinney, and Allied Cycleworks have embarked on The Next Stage, coming together with bike industry friends to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s, the Davis Phinney Foundation, helping people with Parkinson’s live well TODAY and driving cutting-edge, early-stage quality of life research.
Donation page here: www.davisphinneyfoundation.org
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