Hot news for skinny-jeaned cap wearing cyclists – Outlier feels your pain and has the kit to stop it. Some might view the current fashion for wearing skinny jeans or pants on a bike as a recipe for extreme crotch discomfort, but the boys at Outlier merely see it as a challenge.
They've come up with the Outlier Climber pants which they says are a full on reengineering of slim cut pants for a cyclist's world. What they've done is replace the central seam that runs up to the crotch with a vertical yoke which they claim does away with most of the traditional stress points that cycling generates in a garment, allowing for a free range of movement.
The curved waistband is higher in the back to minimise the chances of unintended mooning, and lower in the front to allow you to lean forward and ride in comfort. The spread back pockets are easy to access and positioned so you don't sit on them while riding. Cut slim for comfort, form and aesthetics.
Made with Outlier's 4Season Lotus fabric, these pants have four-way stretch which allow full movement on and off the bike. Quick drying, breathable, water and grease resistant to keep you crisp and comfortable in any situation. Made in New York City and available in Black and Slate Gray for $180.
So now you can wear skinny pants and ride your bike in comfort… of course this doesn't solve the fundamenal skiiny pant/jean problem that comfortable or not they make even the stick-thin look fat, but hey…
That's the skinny pant problem sorted what about wool caps? They look great, but wool and summer sun is not necessarily a winning combination.
Outlier have that base covered too. They've come up with a cool cap too, literally. The Tropical Wool Cap is made from, you guessed it, tropical wool suiting, in collaboration with New York milliner Victor Osborne. Tropical wool is graded in terms of a Super number. The higher the number, the finer the wool. These caps are all made from Super 80s or better
Usually used to make high end summer suits the material also makes a good mid-weight cap which if it can cope with the heat of a New York summer and skill keep the wearer looking reasonably fresh should have no touble with whatever a British summer can throw at it.
Fit wise, a small is 21.5 inches naturally and stretches to 22.5. A medium is 22.5 inches naturally and stretches to 23.5. A large is 23.5 inches naturally and stretches to 24.5. A traditional look with a modified four panel construction, fully lined.
To find out more visit www.outlier.cc
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.