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A Storm is brewing. The Chrome Storm Cobra.

Billy Souphorse contacted me about testing out some of the fly new gear (that’s how the kids these days say it) coming out of the minds and machines employed by Chrome, the quite large bag and apparel company- now with multiple shops around the country.  I was pretty impressed with the apparel I saw at the Chrome booth at Interbike- and I’m very much looking forward to testing out the Chrome Storm Cobra.  Really I think Souphorse is just concerned that I’ll pass out in a park in the rain and catch a cold.  Hmph.  Maybe that’s why I’m sick? Sometimes it’s good to be a dirtbag I guess.

The Storm Cobra is fully seam taped, with pit zips and longer arms (crucial to cycling jackets.)  It also has a feature that I think that I’ll really like- the full pass through back pocket.  A good place to store keys, phone, hat, or a couple road beers.

As I get over my cold you can prepare for a full ride report.  It may add a twist to my approaching completion of the Cleverhood raincape review.

If you are ready to take the plunge right now without a review- the Storm Cobra can be had for $200 at your local bike shop.  If your LBS doesn’t carry Chrome, head to the Chrome online store HERE.

And stay tuned for CLEVERHOOD RAINCAPE VS. STORM COBRA JACKET: The battle of the century!

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear, Reviews

Review: Chrome Women’s Marysia jacket

Go Means Go received a few items from Chrome recently that we are currently reviewing.

My task has been to review the Chrome Marysia women’s jacket.

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.

-Melissa Dawn

 

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Outlier Supermarine Cotton

Outlier is really ramping up their product line with another innovative and well made product.  The price is high, but it’s understandable to a degree when you see “Made in New York City” on the label.  I love the dedication to US manufacturing.

Similar to softshells- the material is not 100% waterproof, but according to Outlier, it will keep you dry when out in the elements for hours.  Supermarine cotton is tightly woven Egyptian cotton, whose fibers swell up when they get wet, keeping the water on the outside.  It’s also supposed to be breathable, which is aided by ample vents and zips.  Also cut long in the back, making more appropriate for on the bike.  No word on how the hood works with a helmet.  Looking good guys.

Available in Black, Red or Anthracite.  $650.  Available at Outlier.

Gear

Surface Clothing: by Charge Bikes

Charge Bikes, across the pond in London is bringing more bikes and softgoods to the table. Offering a bike for just about any rider, they are currently working on their Cross bike– “The Freezer” which looks impressive. They also have an solid squad of riders, with the likes of Tom LaMarche, Super Ted, Juliet Elliot, and Sam Humphrey on the team.

Their expansion into what is a growing market for softgoods geared towards urban riders is whats up next, with the release of the Surface line of clothing. It seems to be shaping up nicely.  There isn’t much available on their site, but searching around a bit I found the following:

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A lightweight and windproof shell is almost essential for fall and spring. Though I can’t confirm- I imagine there is a water repellent finish on the fabric that would keep you moderately dry in light showers. The purple color is a little too hip for my taste, but something in a black or dark gray, with purple or blue accents would work nicely.  Retail:  TBD

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Technical Trousers, made from a fabric called “Liquistretch.” Water is supposed to bead up and roll off- and then able to be brushed dry. A stretchy fabric, with the look of slim cut jeans or slacks- these may be more suited to those that don’t carry as much junk in the trunk as I do. I don’t typically wear skinny jeans- and there aren’t many products available for people with my body type.  Finding a new pair of trousers to ride in would be nice- I like my Republik’s- but they are about worn through.  Retail: $91.

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Their “wool” jacket.  Designed for the urban rider, it’s longer back and arms are key in keeping the wind from creeping down the back.  Not actually wool, the fabric is woven nylon and offers breath ability as well as a small amount of water resistance.  A high collar, with a zip off hood rounds it out.  This jacket looks great- I’m not certain if there are any pockets on the back- but a zippered chest pocket and hand warming pockets are a nice addition.  The cut looks baggier than many cycling jackets, which could be a turn off for some- but I would prefer to err on the side of sizing down, than exposing a bare midriff.  Retail: $198.

No real information as to when these products will be released, but I hope to get more information soon.  For now, here is one of their edits that they post online.  You can follow charge on Twitter, or go to their Website.  Enjoy.

Charge Bikes – Own the Night from Charge Bikes on Vimeo.