First Look: Race Face 2013 Men's Gear

Oct 25, 2012
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WADE SIMMONS: IT'S A HARD KNOCK LIFE

I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time somebody said, “you’re lucky to have such a great job”. I cannot disagree that being a professional mountain biker is a splendid job indeed. At times it can be surprisingly tough and stressful, and as the years pass, new challenges arise, like a growing family and of course the onslaught of young talent. But luckily, experience pays off. And as the saying goes: “There’s thousands to be made in the bike industry, thousands!”- it used to be hundreds.

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

Holy core layer Batman! Ambush and Flank 'second skin' protective under-layers with removable D30™ available Spring 2013.


raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

Felon soft-shell jacket in stores now.


All humor aside, the true lucky part of this career, I’ve determined, is aligning with many great brands, and having those brands integrate riders’ knowledge into product design.

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

Flank Leg returns lighter and lower profile than ever, and the proven Race Face open back system means no hopping around on one leg to get these pads on and off.


From the beginning, Race Face has protected my arms and legs. I have since come on board for apparel, signing on at the end of 2011. Now, a year later, and having had the opportunity to work with the soft goods design team, giving input while hammering the gear around the globe, I am proud of what Race Face has to offer. The quality of the gear is as solid as everything else they make - same Race Face construction and styling the brand is known for.

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

Ambush, bomb-proof business shorts.


It is a distinct advantage for Race Face to be located in Vancouver with access to unrelenting testing grounds. It’s also advantageous that the bulk of Race Face employees are avid, if not bordering addicted, mountain bikers.

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc


You aren't in Kamloops anymore! Fro-riders gettin' Enduro in the new Indy kit.


raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

New Charge Arm & Leg Guards - Second Skin super fit for targeted protection and minimal coverage.


This combined with the old-school knowledge of Brett Tippie and myself, and a humbling smattering of new school shredders led by Mitch Chubey, sets Race Face design apart.

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

As we know, every rider has an opinion on what works and what doesn’t; it makes for some heated debates in design meetings. Some days, we literally take it outside (for testing, of course), but ultimately, the end result is always a win-win for the consumer!

raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

Possibly the only day it wasn't raining on the shore...the new Chute waterproof jacket, in stores now.


wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

New RF logo fitted cap - Doh!! It's a bit out of focus...


raceface 2013 wade simmons and brett tippie on the north shore north vancouver bc

The Mud Crutch - collects any mud spray headed upwards on a potentially devastating trajectory with that fantastic mug of yours.



Now get out and ride!
Wade Simmons

Riders - Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie
Photos - Sterling Lorence

55 Comments

  • + 49
 Tippie is the man.. that burger looked good. With that brown pow sauce.
  • + 16
 Brett Tippie is the legend of Freeride and his life is a great story... You gotta love Wade Simmons too for his awesome passion and style!
  • + 3
 What a great idea for a photo shoot of gear, two respected riders with a ton of attitude and style. Makes for a line-up of new gear worth looking at.
  • + 10
 They are Gods among mear mortals
  • + 2
 Haha, Tippie as modest as ever... I guess anyone who took a serious punch of his, would be hitting the floor instantly... such a tank Big Grin
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  • + 21
 doing a photo shoot with you two guys must be like trying to contain a daycare with 10 2 year olds !!!!!!!!!!! love it... great photos ..... and another great Canadian based product. thanks guys!
  • + 3
 so happy you guys didn't fall off the face of the earth and were resurrected! was definitely a scary time for a bit, but Its so good to see RF thriving!
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  • + 12
 I like how Wade is running a Fox 34 with Marzocchi stickers... The new Race Face kit is sweet too.
  • + 3
 Sponsor obligations, 650b availability, etc, etc... It's why he's running Hans Damf tires as well, instead of Maxxis.
  • + 2
 Yeah I missed the fact that he was running 650b haha
  • + 1
 Me too. I had to do a double take when I read your comment, then realized...
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  • + 9
 RaceFace gear is da bomb.. Great guys Tippie and Wade, always smiling. Gary
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  • + 7
 ooh boy ...need that stuff ...had a major bail out today...oouch!! Tippie for president!!
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  • + 8
 Tippie says it all, period.
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  • + 4
 I love race face! hopefully they come out with more options for hoodless jackets, I like using the straps on my leatt without a hood in the way and a thick hoodie type fabric jacket instead of a waterproof thin membrane would be nice to crash and not need to replace after
  • + 4
 raceface needs a long sleeve jersey
  • + 1
 more brands need to come out with tighter fit long sleeve jerseys, not skin tight or tight at all but not a flag like every gp air jersey I've had has been like tho I am very skinny and very tall so maybe its not an issue for anyone else or maybe they were designed to have pads in them although most downhillers i know wear no protection for core/back or arms
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  • + 5
 Are the Flanks knee/shin guards OK for full-on DH, or is it more recommended for XC/enduro? I love the low profile and the look, but I'm just wondering about the real-life impact absorption.
  • + 1
 I want those guards so bad! Anyone used them?
  • + 1
 Yes, I own em love em, DH-AM, I never crashed in them so I can't comment on the protection. The new gear looks great!
  • + 2
 The Flank pads are definitely made to handle full on DH....but will be at home on Trail and Enduro rides as well. Its a lightweight but tough armor that is comfortable, pedals well, and can protect the user from large impacts.
  • + 1
 if you're still not sold on the flanks/ambush with d3o (although d3o has never failed me even in sharp rocks) check out the digs, those pads are awesome!
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  • + 5
 This made me laugh out loud on the streetcar looking at the photos, goodtimes!
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  • + 5
 Super glad to see Raceface rocking strong still.
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  • + 4
 Tippie should be president by now... just sayin...
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  • + 1
 I've been wearing Raceface for many many years now, and I've always loved their dedication to durability, pricepoint and style. Their riders are the best! Keep on keepin' on RF.
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  • + 3
 i really love the forest sandwich, also the new RACE FACE products
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  • + 2
 besides the the nice clothes is good to how much the old dogs of mountaibkie still have! Wink
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  • + 1
 Of all the fights I've seen I never thought I'd be able to say I saw Tippie giving Simmons a nipple twist, and it appearing to hurt Tippie more...

:-)
  • + 2
 im pretty sure he's punching him - to test the chest protection Razz
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  • + 1
 wait so is wade a clipped in rider or a flat rider? not that I care really but he seems to be always running those shimano shoes on the slayer and karvers on the flatline
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  • + 1
 When are those Charge knee's going to be available? Look great for trail / enduro. Really like my Ambush knee's but could add something lighter.
  • + 1
 You can look for the CHARGE pads to be available in late April 2013.
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  • + 2
 Very interested in the mud crutch! any more info on it like lengths, mounting types, etc.?
  • + 1
 We are excited about the Mud Crutch as well! We will have it available in 3 different sizes (based on fork travel) and will mount on any non-inverted fork. Will be available in Spring 2013.

SIZES:

SMALL 80 - 120mm

MEDIUM 120 - 160mm

LARGE 160 - 203mm

COLOUR: Black
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  • + 2
 very nice pics and the products look very good....maybe for christmas Smile
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  • + 1
 Funny to see Wade riding a Fox fork. Marz needs to come out with a 650B fork so he can put it on that new Rocky.
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  • + 1
 Can I get some of that body armor for my superman costume?
All of this gear looks super nice.
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  • + 1
 Tippie is like a hot chick. You always find a way of putting him in front of the camera. Only he's ugly. *jk!*
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  • + 2
 Mmm me thinks those are Hunnies doughnuts, want now
  • + 2
 Honeys doughnuts are so good! mmmmmmm
  • + 1
 I thought it was Hunnies? No problem, the doughnuts are kick ass.
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  • + 2
 looks like some awesome gear
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  • + 2
 Was the second photo GEORGE LOPEZ?
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  • + 2
 might have to look into getting one of them water proof jackets
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  • + 1
 Seem like a cool bunch of guys.
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  • + 0
 Glad i work for a company that has Great clothes. Dont have to travel that far to buy clothes
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  • + 1
 looks like the modeling classes are paying off.
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  • + 1
 have their new toys wave, very nice
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  • + 1
 So does the flask come with a RaceFace logo as well? If so, sign me up!!
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