Not all mountain bikers are into wearing full lycra kits or the generally less subtle apparel associated with the sport. Brand new company Kitsbow, based right up the road in Larkspur, CA, has created a line of mountain biking apparel for the more discerning athlete who still likes to work hard on the trail. Kitsbow applies a functional, tailored, minimal design philosophy, similar to that of Rapha, to all-mountain apparel, with prices to match.
Started by Bay Area native Zander Nosler and ex-Levi's design head Charlie Cronk, Kitsbow officially launched a couple of weeks ago with their initial all-mountain riding collection. Designed with late season riding in mind, the apparel will keep you prepared for the expectantly cool and damp conditions found on the trail during fall and even on into winter in some states.
Kitsbow uses a combination of fabrics, including merino wool to keep you dry, cool, warm, and comfortable, with Schoeller technical fabrics to shield you from the elements. The fabrics are imported from Switzerland and Australia/NZ, with everything put together in British Columbia by Kitsbow manufacturing partner Tamoda.
The all-mountain collection starts with two pieces, the SASTAN Jersey and the A/M Shorts. The SASTAN Jersey ($327) is constructed with a woven Cordura outer face and inner merino wool liner for a soft handed yet tough combination. The fit is trim with an elongated tail for coverage when riding. Small design details include a soft, microfiber sunglasses cloth tethered to the zippered liner of the chest pocket and two zippered side pockets, one with key fob, for easy access while wearing a hydration pack.
Built out of Schoeller-dryskin softshell fabric, the A/M Shorts ($269) feature a tailored profile with inseams that break right at your knee and the backs shaped so as not to brush your calves. The mountain bike shorts come in nine different waist measurements to ensure you get the perfect fit. Roomy zippered side pockets are reversed and contoured along the shorts to maximize storage space without interfering with your pedal stroke.
The initial Kitsbow mountain bike apparel collection is available now and can be ordered from the company website.