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Outler launch Climber pants and Tropical Wool cap

Skinny pants for cyclists and summer caps too

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.

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Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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