Apparel Randoms from Craft, Dakine, Pearl Izumi & More - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 11, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Across the Pond Beaver 2020


Craft Wild Ride Jersey

Photo by Jason Thomas


Craft's Wild Ride mountain bike jerseys are "inspired by the rush of a wild ride in the mountains" and designed in collaboration with Ambler, a Nelson, BC-based apparel company. The mountain bike jersey with its gorgeous detailed artwork is available in both men's and women's designs and is made out of a recycled polyester blend. There's a zippered back pocket at the side and UPF 25+.

The collection is exclusive to Canada and $1 from every purchase is donated to CPAWS, the Canadian Wilderness and Wildlife Society. It retails for $89.99 CDN.


Photo by Jason Thomas

Photo by Jason Thomas
Photo by Jason Thomas

Photo by Jason Thomas

Photo by Jason Thomas
Photo by Jason Thomas




Dakine's Casey Brown Collection



Dakine announced the Casey Brown collection earlier this Spring and now we've seen it in person. The Thrillium Long Sleeve Bike Jersey ($70 USD) uses a lightweight, quick-drying material and the gravity fit offers plenty of room to move on the bike in a way that's not-too-baggy and not-too-snug. There's built-in odor control, a built-in sunglasses wipe, and UPF 20 sun protection.

The Thrillium Bike Gloves ($45 USD) use a leather palm and four-way stretchy build to hug your hand and offer a precise no-glove feel for gravity-fueled riding. Moisture-wicking mesh keeps hands cool and comfortable at any speed.







Dexshell Waterproof Socks

Thermlite Waterproof Socks
Waterproof Ultra Thin Socks


The Dexshell Waterproof Thermlite Sock is relatively lightweight for a waterproof sock, with a merino wool inner sock and a nylon outer shell. It retails for $33.99 USD.

The Dexshell Waterproof Ultra Thin Sock is the brand's thinnest waterproof sock. The inner sock is made from bamboo rayon yarns while the outer shell in made from Modal and Nylon. It's available in the above black as well as a high-rise grey version. It retails for $29.99 USD





Velocio Trail Collection



Initially a road bike apparel brand, Velocio released their first mountain bike collection last year and further refined it for 2020. The Women's Trail Short ($159 USD) is a lightweight and close fitting baggy short. It's made of a stretchy material and has two zippered pockets to stow your phone and other gear out of the way while you're pedaling. The revised closure at the waist uses a Cobrax slide locking button in addition to an adjustable belt to keep the shorts securely in place when you're riding. It's on the shorter side so it doesn't work as well with knee pads unless you don't mind a thigh gap, making it ideal for cross-country and trail riding without pads. It comes in three colours and sizes XS to XXL.

The Delta Long Sleeve ($99 USD) is built from Polartec Delta fabric and provides sun protection and abrasion resistance. The Tencel in the Delta fabric is said to help absorb moisture which provides a cooling affect as it evaporates. It comes in four colours and sizes XS to XXL.

My favourite piece, the Mesh Bib Liner ($139 USD) takes breathability to the maximum with a see-through elastic net mesh which is ideal for wearing underneath your baggies on a hot day. The Mesh Liner Bib also features Velocio's FlyFree design which means you have the comfort of bibs but don't have to remove your jersey or helmet during pee breaks. There are mesh cargo pockets on the sides of the thighs for storage since the FlyFree design doesn't accommodate storage pockets at the back.








Pearl Izumi Women's Interval Cargo Bib Short



Keeping on the theme of lightweight bibs with a chamois designed for all-day rides is Pearl Izumi's Interval Cargo Bib Short ($165 USD). It isn't see-through so you can wear it on its own if you ride with a cross-country crowd or it's a good choice to wear under baggies as well since the open mesh side panels allow for greater breathability than a traditional bib short.

The open-back design makes it pee break friendly, and while there's no storage on the back due to that design, there are two pockets on the thighs that can be used to store food or a phone. A printed leg gripper keeps the hem in place. It comes in sizes XS through XXL.









36 Comments

  • 61 1
 I propose a competition among all brands to see who can make the best pair of 20$ shorts and 10$ gloves
  • 3 0
 if only :,)
  • 5 1
 Walmart would be a good place to start
  • 8 2
 I feel like somewhere around $60 Cdn for jerseys, about the same for shorts (+$20 with a chamois) and $25 for gloves is where things should be, unless they're unique like merino wool or something. $90 for a simple t-shirt jersey (Craft stuff looks great, I might add) and $45 US for thin half-season gloves is a bit much.
  • 1 0
 I can make the short for 40$ and the jersey(short or 3/4 sleeve) in about $30 in high quality materials, fast dry, UV protection, and some other sweet tech specs....
  • 1 0
 Not sure about shorts or gloves, but this is a good fitting $15 jersey, same material as some of my other bike brand jerseys. www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PUWBKTI
  • 2 0
 @silkyrhino: FYI polyester could be used many different ways and that makes a huge difference if it works and feels great or like a crap on your skin. So just the fact that is made from polyester does not mean anything.
  • 2 1
 I propose you have little concept of the actual cost of goods. Sure, some companies charge too much but you also have to pay for...all the components and labor...
  • 2 0
 So, you actually think all these companies are going to be happy with only 100% markup?? Wink
  • 1 3
 @whiteryanc: Clothing companies don't pay for labor.
  • 1 1
 @Melon055: check out @www.dirtyridesmtbappare.co.uk
  • 1 0
 @Dirtyridesmtbapparel: oi mate, 'owd you manage to misspell your own URLWink lol

I always call these occasions "typing with boxing gloves on"

it's dirtyridesmtbapparel.co.uk
  • 2 0
 @Jimmy0: Child slaves will be the winners of your competition. Together with waste dump in the rivers next to the factories and everything else that ruins the world. Cheap clothing always defintely comes at a price, al though sadly expensive clothing often does as well.

Adidas is one of the few that brings mass production with a 100% clean record, so you can assume their RRP is the minimum that you need to buy clothes that might not have a dark side. Most other companies are smaller so it would cost more due to lower scaled production.

I'm not even trying to be funny or anything here. What's happening in most of the clothing industry is disgusting, feel free to google it if you don't believe me.
  • 1 0
 @GT-CORRADO: lol, Thankyou for the correction. Glad you seen the mistake.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: I have to agree that 90$ Cad for a jersey that's made in China is a bit steep! But what about a jersey that's proudly Made in Canada for even less !? en.treesmountainapparel.com
  • 2 0
 @simonizzer: Yep, I've got some Trees stuff - pretty nice!
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: Nice... Supporting a rad local business ! Two thumbs up!
  • 20 1
 "Exclusive to Canada"
The Story of my 2020 Summer
-A depressed American
  • 4 0
 Hopefully if we learned anything this year is that buying local products help local economies.
  • 12 1
 @Jimmy0 I would go 50 USD for shorts and 20 USD for gloves for a guarantee of no sweatshops and some integrity in the manufacturing process. Completely agree, prices for MTB gear are out of control.
  • 2 0
 Nice idea. Itd be interesting to see a price comparison within the same brand comparing different manufacturing country origins
  • 13 0
 I think a lot of people does not realize that manufacturing something in let's say Europe or US means paying "normal" wage to those workers which also means you can't do a $50 shorts or $20 gloves... especially if you are a small maker that can't cut the prices because of making large quantities. I don't even need to mention different taxation, price of supplies, machines, utilities and so on.

We need to change the mentality of people first. Right now, the mentality is "I want a lot for small price, best if it is locally made but of course I don't want to pay that high price, because from sweatshops it's way cheaper".
  • 2 0
 As a rider I own a fashion company, and have spent the last 10 years in the ladies field.... I´m already giving form to a project to produce high end, with high tech and high quality materials MTB garments, with prices that could blow up your mind.... I´m based in South America, so the difficult part is to put the product back in the north without affecting to much the price... but I really reckon it is possible to put the prices back on a descent range.
  • 1 0
 @ridingmate: Which country? I wish you the best of luck. Link to a website?
  • 3 0
 @kusa: The problem is not in which country it's made, the problem is the conditions. Forced labor, young children, inhumanly dangerous / life threatning situations, 16 hour work days where people get so underpaid they can't properly feed themselves, let alone their families or pay school for their children.

There is nothing wrong with producing overseas, as long as people work under normal and safe conditions and earn enough for at least the basics in life.
But at the same time this means the factory should be owned by the company and there should be people from the company present in the overseas factory all the time, because in many Asian / African countries they are really corrupt and don't really have human rights, so they will exploit their workers behind your back or give you a tour in their nice factory and then outsource 95% of the production to other factories where people work in terrible conditions.
  • 5 0
 Disclaimer, I'm a guy. But does synthetic undies and a sports bra not work well for the ladies (rather than bibs)? I know my mtb life has vastly improved in terms of comfort, cleanliness, and dryness since ditching bibs and wearing synthetic boxer briefs.
  • 1 0
 Curious: how long (time) are your rides, how much of that is pedaling uphill, and what's your climate like when you're riding?
  • 3 0
 @pmhobson: 45min - 4 hours. IMO they're comfy on long rides too. You get less swampy, and can actually sit in your garage after your ride and have a beer without feeling like you're sinking into a bog on Dagobah. Lots of uphill. Many hot days.
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: Ooof. I'm glad you can get away with doing that. I cannot. The swamp is way worse without a chamois for me. To be fair though, I have pretty nice bibs since 4 hrs is about the minimum I'm on the bike unless I'm riding very close to home.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: when life hits you in the balls from an underappreciated rock, insufficient dropper travel and a too-steep seat tube angle, and your flanks are raw: chamois
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: I can’t ride for 10 minutes without a chamois without my scrutt hurting for days, let alone hours. Bibs were a game changer when I started using them. Warm, sweaty nuts beat a sore taint any day.
  • 1 0
 All - thanks for these comments! I work for Craft Canada and we made this jersey with a Canadian company for rad Canadian mountain bikers like you. The price comes from making this Jersey out of 100% recycled bottles, respecting labour conditions in fair pay and contributions back to Ambler (Canadian company) as well as proceeds from the sales of the Jersey back to CPAWS - Canada Parks and Wilderness Association. We will do our best to make these more affordable in the future, your comments are valued. All companies are doing their best to make products sustainable while keeping the costs down, its not an easy task. Thank you for supporting brands like Craft and paying a bit more for something that gives back to the Environment.
  • 3 0
 Size up if you get Pearl Izumi ladies! They're apparel lines run small!
  • 1 0
 I don't know if this is me sizing up, but just as a reference, I'm 5'10, 145 lbs (178 cm, 66 kg) and just bought medium Pearl Izumi liner bibs and I like the way they fit.
  • 1 0
 @pmhobson: I too am 5'10 but 160Ibs and feel the mediums are too snug.
  • 2 0
 @animalrkent: I can believe it. They feel pretty snug on me, which I like. But yeah, any more snugger and I'd start to wonder about the next size.

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