Rohan launch Rider cycling ranges for men and women

It won't be available in every Rohan shop but it's a start

by nick_rearden   March 8, 2012  

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Outdoor clothing specialists Rohan have shipped an initial small range of cycling-specific garments in men's and women's patterns and colours.

Veritable living legend Chris Boardman has long been an advocate of the Rohan clothing brand and although he lives on the wrong side of the Pennines from Yorkshire where the company started in 1972 it must be the attitude of the website "About" page that starts, "At Rohan we’re not great fans of bling, overbranding and bull" that appeals to his and many outdoorsy people's no-nonsense sensibilities.

We have a vague recollection that Rohan have made the odd cycling-specific garment before but that may because their lightweight, stuffable wind-cheater-type top layers have been widely used by UK leisure and touring cyclists for years. Anyway, they're certainly making cycling kit now with jackets cut high at the front and low at the back with longer arms; they've even come up with their own term "Forward Pitch Cut" to describe the peculiar shape of a cyclist's jacket.

Of which there are two, a proper waterproof number called Elite Stormer for £195 and a lighter Windrush Jacket for £115 and both available in men's and women's cut. Yes, yes; reflectives all over the place.

The men's and women's ranges part company at this point with almost-knee-length £60 baggie shorts called Outrider for men and calf-length Fleet Leggings for women at £55. A simple jersey for each, too.

An interesting item also in both and women's designs is a separate short liner called Bumper for £17 which is designed to worn under any snug-fitting undergarment to add padding to whatever you're wearing.

There are 60 UK Rohan shops, although not all of them will be stocking the Rider range, at least initially, and a website which is here. Samples are on the way in for review, stand by.

Interesting from Rohan's initial cycling line: a separate shorts pad called Bumper for £17. This is the women's version.

 

 

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What the flip are men and women's colours? Why do designers think us metrosexual men only want to wear black, white, dayglo or red?

Really, though?

posted by workhard [354 posts]
8th March 2012 - 16:13

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I have been a Rohan fan for decades - their products are lightweight, pack tightly, wash like a hankie and dry quickly, and some of them are waterproof/breathable in their own answer to Gore-Tex, but cheaper. Rohan invented the fleece, well over 20 years ago now.

My only gripe is their colours - you can have brownish muds in men's clothing, and pastel muds in women's. As I don't wear them for fashion it doesn't really trouble me.

I have tried cycle-specific clothing like Gore bikewear and detested it. I now use Rohan waterproof/breathable full-length trousers (about £100)in winter, and normal "bags" in summer.

posted by Paul M [306 posts]
8th March 2012 - 17:08

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will it make me look like a cycling geography teacher?

posted by LesBianchi [16 posts]
8th March 2012 - 17:14

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Well normal Rohan sizing is a joke. I'm 5'10, fairly slim and their small size dwarves me.

posted by jamescycling [40 posts]
8th March 2012 - 20:39

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I still occasionally wear a Rohan item from mid-nineties in all, its then, popular purple. It's a windproof/light showerproof top.

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posted by Blackhound [436 posts]
8th March 2012 - 21:14

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workhard wrote:
What the flip are men and women's colours? Why do designers think us metrosexual men only want to wear black, white, dayglo or red?

I'm with you there. Although red is my favourite colour so I'm let off with that.

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posted by G-bitch [302 posts]
9th March 2012 - 10:19

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IIRC Rohan once made a cycling jacket and trousers (late 80s or early 90s) out of some kind of glassbead/retro-reflective fabric. I remember the article in their mag that claimed that in car headlights you would "light up like the Archangel Gabriel" !! But IIRC during the day it was grey.

posted by zoxed [62 posts]
9th March 2012 - 13:35

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Rohan stuff is really good. Most of the garments I've bought I still use. I more out a pair of bags and there's one top which was always on the tight side that I can't get into any more.

Their wickable t-shirts/vests are excellent for commuting and I have a mid layer styled like a cycling jersey (without the back pockets) which is great for wearing under a jacket in winter.

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
9th March 2012 - 17:26

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Used Rohan kit for years now on and off the bike. In the summer their silver T shirts and short sleeved checkered shirts are great for commuting into town. I have used various iterations of their merino wool base layer shirts under a gore soft-shell in sub-zero conditions this winter and kept very warm. Their plus fours were cheaper than Rapha as well.

posted by markrjl [14 posts]
11th March 2012 - 22:07

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Yep. It was called Flashback.. Used to scare country drivers to see an apparently headless figure running toward them!

posted by britishjasper [3 posts]
13th March 2012 - 21:29

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Thanks for all the comments, guys. I'm the chap responsible for this range - my design mates did all the actual work... Impossible to suit everyone on everything but we think we've made a fair start with this. Thanks for all your interest! Best, Tim @ Rohan

posted by britishjasper [3 posts]
13th March 2012 - 21:36

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Re: "light up like the Archangel Gabriel"
The story of the Flashback circa 1982 is on Rohantime
"Rohan All Lite Up"
http://rohantime.com/3421/rohan-all-lite-up/

posted by Howcroft [1 posts]
22nd March 2012 - 15:26

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