I can appreciate a clean, full zippered, race-cut jersey. This one is made in the USA, and comes in any color you want, as long as it’s black. Who needs any color besides black anyhow? I’m hoping to see more from Search and State in the future. Bibs perhaps?
When I write a review I make sure to check myself. It’s important that my feelings on the product are honest and up front. Sometimes I get things sent my way to review. It’s one of the perks of having a bike blog. When writing reviews on products that I pay less than retail on- it’s important to stay objective and impartial because well, I’d like to think that the reader (you) can trust Go Means Go.
That said- the following review is about pants. Swrve WWR trousers to be specific. Pants that I walked into the store and paid full retail price for at Hub & Bespoke in Fremont (who has quite the Swrve collection in stock.)
The new Levi’s Commuter line is out and will be hitting stores in the next month.
Though I have not tried them personally- many of my larger legged friends have assured me that they are intended for the skinny legged types. Either way- glad to see they are working with the cycling community.
I got an email from Gregory Klein the other day about some of the projects he’s been working on as of late. They include a few fine kits made by Pactimo, as well as a journal- which you may recognize as similar to the design work he did for the Bike Snob NYC book.
Riding bikes in cycling specific clothing is the way to go. If you are doing any long distance rides or racing, then kits make a world of difference. When I’m riding around town, you won’t generally see me in my spandex skinsuit- unless it involves alcohol and the rest of my SLK teammates.
Dustin has made a fine looking kit for Cadence- through CAPO which you can get HERE:
And if you prefer something a little more soft…. You can get your very own Soft Like Kitten kit. Made by Hincapie. Unfortunately the model is not nearly as svelte looking as the Cadence models- but I’m pretty sure the SLK model can drink more beer and win at arm wrestling- which, when it comes down to it- is about the same as riding bikes. Get your Soft Like Kitten kit HERE. I love my kit- it fits very well and is super comfortable. And you can come to races in the NW and drink beer with us.
My initial reaction in seeing the jacket was that it looked sleek and comfortable. The material is smooth and has a nice feel to it. It is lightweight and packs down to a very small size, which makes it perfect for sunny day turned chilly evening riding. It has some great accents that make it stand out as a cycling specific jacket- though it isn’t so specific that you can’t wear it off the bike. The reflective “CHROME” lettering on the back of the jacket is very low profile and doesn’t look obnoxious in the slightest bit. The back pocket is nice- not too large (too small for a waterbottle) but large enough to carry your gloves, phone, or pocketbook. I’m not a huge fan of the pocket snap- and would prefer a magnetic closure.
As far as fit- I wear a women’s medium. It fits nicely around me, and I can zip it up over my chest fine with a lightweight hoodie underneath. It’s snug in the chest- and as a woman with a 34D it’s nice that it actually zips without being too constraining. Even when riding- the jacket doesn’t constrict in my back or shoulders while zipped. The arms are fairly long on me- which is comfortable for riding, keeping my wrists covered and even with enough room for me to put the cuffs over my knuckles. Women with longer arms will likely be pleased with this feature.
The material used blocks the wind well. It’s lightweight but effective and though it’s water repellent- it’s NOT a rain jacket.
My biggest gripe is that I wish there were different colors. I’d love this in a purple or turquoise.
I wore this jacket to the Resurrection Race afterparty and I got a lot of compliments on it. When riding home after the sun went down- Ryan was chilly with only a sweatshirt and I was comfortable with my hoodie under the Marysia. It seems to vent well, as when climbing the hill home- I wasn’t overheating.
All in all it’s a stylish and functional jacket. I love that it was made in Oakland. I was born and lived many years there. If it were made overseas with the same quality and features, I think that $80 might seem a little high, but it seems very fair when you consider it’s made in the US. Buy you baby a little gift, too. Wholesale blank onesies in solid colors will be a great choice.
Thanks to Chrome for making good shit out of Oakland. Oaktown represent.
The adidas Originals SPO apparel collection brings back some of the more eccentric and unique pieces from the brand’s archives. This reproduction of an early ’80s cycling sweatshirt maintains the original sizing, material and wash, plus the original graphics.