UK clothing manufacturers Shutt VR – Shutt Velo Rapide for long – are massively increasing the size of their range by launching 20 new products for the winter season.
The range includes a new waterproof Softshell jacket that, Shutt tell us, will keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. The Softshell, which is cut slim and made from a high-tech fabric from Switzerland’s Eschler, comes with a waterproof front zip, a very high collar to keep the cold winter air off your neck, and plenty of reflective trim. It’ll be available from mid-November at £149.99.
There’s a new stretchy Race Cape in the lineup for 2011 too, and it’s transparent so you can still show off the jersey you’ve got it underneath. Shutt reckon the Race Cape is waterproof, windproof and breathable while a hem gripper helps hold it in place. It’s £59.
Shutt have updated their softshell Race Lite Gilet, giving it hidden rear zips so you can get at your jersey pockets easily. The back is three-quarters mesh for breathability back there and you get reflective beading too. It’s available in white, blue and red colour options and, like the Race Cape, comes in at £59.
The autumn-friendly Coolmax Knicks (£89) feature a new top-end 3D pad from TMF that Shutt are excited about. It’s a Pro-Gel antibacterial chamois that they reckon is as good as anything else out there – we’ve not tried it yet. The Knicks themselves are a 10-panel construction using flat seams throughout to minimise the chance of chafing, and a mesh upper.
Shutt have added bibless shorts to the range as well. They come with a much more basic-looking seatpad, and are priced at a reasonable-sounding £24.99.
The Sportwool jersey line for which Shutt are best know (Sportwool is a mixture of merino wool and poyester) has been updated with several new features including a new four rear pocket design – as well as the usual three, you get an extra hidden valuables pocket back there. The Signature Training Top (£89) looks particularly stylish, and it comes with a zip garages to stop any rubbing on your neck.
Keep your eye on road.cc for reviews of the key products in the Shutt range. To see the complete lineup – all of which is handmade in the UK – go to www.shuttvr.com or go to their stand at the Cycle Show 2010 at Earl’s Court, London, 8-10 October - www.cycleshow.co.uk.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.