Check Out: Wet Weather Onesie, Custom Fenders, Apparel & More - October 2018

Oct 16, 2018
by Sarah Moore  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.




Race Face Loam Ranger Jacket

Race Face Loam Ranger jacket

Race Face Loam Ranger jacket
Elbow patches for that classic professor look.
Race Face Loam Ranger jacket
There is a chest pocket and two larger front pockets.

Features

• 80% cotton / 20% nylon
• Snap front closure
www.raceface.com

• Reinforced elbow patches
• Colors: grey, moss
• $115 USD

bigquotesThe Loam Ranger jacket isn't something you'd wear on a ride, unless that ride consists of pedaling across town to grab a burrito. Instead, it's more of a post-ride jacket, a comfy layer to toss on after finishing a chilly fall adventure. The fabric has a nice heft to it, and it has a super comfy, already-broken-in feel. I do wish it had a zippered pocket somewhere, but at least the pockets it does have are nice and deep - as long as I keep the number of handstands I do in an evening to a minimum I should finish the night with my wallet and keys still in my possession. Mike Kazimer



Ground Keeper Fenders


Just bead it.
Hawaiian luau.

Features

• Multiple rotating designs
• Recycled polyethylene
• Come with zap straps
• Custom designs available
www.groundkeeperfenders.com/
• Won't crack in cold weather
• Made in Bellingham, Washington
• Fits most wheel sizes and fork combinations
• $24 USD


bigquotesIt seems like fenders for your bike are a dime a dozen these days, but some are better than others. Besides having some of the coolest designs I've seen, the fenders from Ground Keeper are made out of recycled polyethylene rather than the often used polypropylene. This helps to keep them from cracking in cooler weather. Ground Keeper can do custom orders with any artwork or photo you could possibly dream up, and they don't have a minimum order amount, so if you want a true "one-off" custom there's not much holding you back.Daniel Sapp




Sombrio Alder Jersey


The adorable creatures on the Sombrio Alder Jersey.
It's not short sleeve, but it's not 3/4 sleeve either!

Features

• Half–sleeve raglan tee design
• Moisture-wicking finish
• Drop back hem
• Standard fit
• 100% Polyester
• Cool Wik fabric which is silky to the touch & breathable in the heat
• Comes in two colours: "Grey Forest Creatures" & "Green Grizzly Camo"
• $55 USD
www.sombrio.com


bigquotesI haven't ridden in the Alder jersey yet, so I can't speak to the moisture-wicking abilities of the Cool Wik fabric, but the fabric is light and soft so I imagine it will be pleasant on hot days. It would be nice to see a small pocket and a goggle wipe on this jersey, but the fit is superb and sizing is aligned with other brands. I also really like the half-length sleeves, which end right at my elbow. It's great to have a women's jersey with a flattering fit, and the pattern of adorable forest creatures is a nice feminine touch, without being your typical teal and purple.Sarah Moore



Troy Lee Resist Shorts

TLD Resist shorts

TLD Resist shorts
An aluminum buckle is used to adjust the fit.
TLD Resist shorts
A zippered vent on each leg helps keep the air flowing.

Features

• Wet weather riding shorts
• 84% nylon/16% spandex
• Water resistance of 10k breathability/20k permeability
www.troyleedesigns.com

• Two zippered front vents, two waterproof zippered side pockets
• Sizes: 28 - 38
• Colors: black, blue
• $129 USD

bigquotesThe rainy season has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest, which means its time to dig out all the waterproof and water resistant clothing that got tossed into a corner during the dry and sunny summer months. The Resist shorts are a good option for those warmer days where waterproof pants would get too hot, but you still want to avoid getting fully saturated. The fit is on the baggier side, but that does mean there's plenty off room to fit knee pads underneath - we'll see how they hold up to a few months of slopping around in the mud. Mike Kazimer




Dirtlej Dirtsuit Core Edition

Views: 5,964    Faves: 2    Comments: 2


Dirtlej Dirtsuit. Credit Alex Evans
That's right, no more excuses!
Dirtlej Dirtsuit. Credit Alex Evans
The waist strap lets you fine-tune the fit.

Features

• 13,000 g/m2/24h breathability
• 18,000 mm water resistance
• Sealed zips
• Hood large enough to fit over helmets
• €319
www.dirtlej.com
• From sizes XS to XL (model - 5ft 11, 76kg wearing a medium)
• Exterior: 95% Polyamid, 5% Polyester, Interior: 100% Polyester
• Men's and women's cuts
• Air vents to keep you cool
• Waterproof pockets


bigquotesNew for this winter's slop and gloop is the latest Dirtsuit Core Edition that features better breathability, higher water resistance, new colours and two different models with specific men's and women's cuts. Since these were released a few years ago, I've always had my eye on one - I'm a lover of keeping dry, warm and clean and think the Dirtsuit has answered my prayers! It's no more expensive than a waterproof jacket and trousers combo and the all-in-one style should stop mud and shit flying down your back and into your nether regions. So if you're looking for a mud-defying matching onesie for your significant other or just fancy one for yourself, the Dirtsuit has to be at the top of the list of potential purchases.Alex Evans





Must Read This Week

93 Comments

  • + 179
 What the hell, the guy in the video should have been bombarded with all sorts of crap and then unzip to show an unblemished dinner suit... missed opportunity or what. Who is running PB these days...
  • + 14
 Was hoping to see some crazy shit like a new tire foam insert or something but remembered that they made a whole article about it just yesterday.
  • + 4
 @Boardlife69: Nukeproof are releasing their tyre insert next week, £50 for a pair. Semi reasonable compared to vittoria and cushcore
  • + 1
 My thoughts exactly, when it gets cold and muddy at my local trails I were my dickies one piece insulated work suit. Doesn't do much in rain, but keeps whatever your wearing clean and is cheaper and much more useful
  • + 2
 Fire hose him!!!
  • + 12
 @Mudgey, Alex lives in a different country than I do, and I'm pretty sure that's self filmed. Otherwise I would have been over there with a bag of tomatoes, water balloons, flour, and all sorts of other stuff. Maybe next time.
  • + 9
 @mikekazimer: Please take my comments in good humour! I honestly think the biker onesie is a great idea and a perfect match for UK winter season riding, I will definitely be ordering one of their offerings soon.
I honestly think you guys need to re-shoot the video with somebody getting absolutely mashed in mud and all sorts of random crap the typical rider may encounter when out on a winter ride, turned up to 11 tho for our viewing pleasure. For example if the rider comes across a puddle then we would expect no less than a fire hose to the chest to simulate this encounter Big Grin

I think we can all agree this needs to go on Pink Bikes to-do list.
  • + 2
 Was hoping to see a Dirt Suit Compression Linkage video, perhaps around the knees. I feel let down because I didn't see a man do squats.
  • + 2
 @Mudgey: nothing less than taping the bottom parts of the legs and wading through some waist deep water bike overhead coming out the water dry. Also onesies go to the toes this is a jump suit.
  • + 99
 Sweet fart bag.
  • + 26
 My new word from now on for Onesie-type things is Fart Bag. @Trudeez Thank you, very very much.
  • + 9
 I work in a cleanroom and wear a jump suit. It shall now be forever known as a fart bag.
  • + 3
 I will never be able to refer to them as jump suits again.
  • + 2
 Snot just came out of my nose as I laughed reading that. Still giggling as I type this. If it had a good it would be your own personal Dutch oven.
  • + 2
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: we have been calling ski-onesies fart bags around Squaw Valley for as long as I can remember. I figured the nomenclature progression was natural. ????
  • + 1
 Air Force flight suits have been referred to as Poopie Suits for quite some time.
  • + 38
 I ain't afraid of no ghost!
  • + 21
 When will the dirt suit be available in haz mat yellow or prison jumpsuit orange (for those "ride like you stole it moments)?
  • + 23
 Ride like you stole it, or ride like it's hunting season in France? Insensitive, sorry.
  • + 4
 @crsimmons: OOoooooo, you're going straight to hell.
  • + 9
 @crsimmons: you might as well dress as a deer, less chance to be shot than as a mtbiker
  • + 16
 What the hell was RaceFace thinking with that ugly ass jacket. That's got to be 'thee' ugliest most repugnant looking jacket I have ever seen. My god who makes these types of design decision....?...?..? I wouldn't even wear that thing if they gave me one for free for christ's sake.
  • + 10
 do you even apres, bro???
  • + 2
 @underhawk: obviously he does or he might be into the jacket
  • + 1
 @rexluthor: 710 69 420!
  • + 1
 Looks like a work jacket in a warehouse somewhere. UGLY!
  • + 2
 For that price I was expecting a proper piece of outdoor kit... then I saw 80% cotton. That's effectively a cheap jacket you can buy at a department store for $40. But it's mountainbike (can't use the E word any more since Sam Hill made it cool) specific.
  • + 1
 Agreed. They should stick to making MTB specific products. For some reason all the "apres" products that sport specific companies make are ugly, poorly made and generally cringe-inducing.
  • + 13
 In a way the Fart-bag is sub €300, cause if you buy that you wont be needing the $24 fender
  • + 10
 Is that Dirtsuit the 'CHiPs' Edition? Might have to get it so I can look like a 1980's Motrcycle Cop!
  • + 9
 $24 for a sheet of plastic just for it to be crushed in the Supermorzine lift bike hanger.
  • + 8
 $24 for fander, are you kidding me ? It's a piece of plastic wrap !
  • + 13
 It's not a fender, it's an art statement.
  • + 33
 Should have called it the Offender.
  • + 8
 Sober up pinkbike please
  • + 6
 If wanted to hang out at the pub and have people laugh at me behind my back. All I need is that hideous Race Face jacket.
  • + 6
 I could live in a Dirtsuit.
  • + 22
 i've rented worse places
  • + 1
 live in the *fartbag*
  • + 2
 isn't 13,000 g/m2/24h breathability actually pretty terrible?

IIRC, that's a pretty low value even for skiing, and skiing is a lower sweat output, lower humidity sport by far.
  • + 2
 Yeah I’m way too lazy to research the units of waterproofing and breathability in the snow sports world but if you are in ‘damp’ ‘wet’ or ‘heavy’ snow you want to start with a minimum of 15k and it’s worth springing for 20 or 25k and goretex if you’re riding mashed potatoes (northeast).
  • + 5
 That Raceface jacket is heinous.
  • + 2
 Its kinda caught bw a burton fleece jacket and a hunters coat.
  • + 4
 Reduce and reuse come before recycle. So why don't we do both and just cut fenders out of old pop bottles?
  • + 2
 "It's not short sleeve, but it's not 3/4 sleeve either!" It`s the perfect fit to get caught up on your elbow pads... Wait, you don`t wear elbow pads ? YOLO I guess !
  • + 1
 Thise sleeves are perfect length. Too many shirts have short ass sleeves make u look like ur trying to be buff. So then many feel like sizing up only to have a baggy stomach area and loose neck.
  • + 3
 Here's to hoping Madison release a dirtsuit at a more 'wallet friendly' cost.
  • + 4
 What's with the 'f*ckjerry' Fender?
  • + 1
 And here I was still trying to figure out what's with fuckjerry in general...
  • + 1
 @hiketobike: I mean, I know what it IS, but that doesn't mean I understand it.
  • + 1
 @hiketobike: Pinkbike still censors the word f*ck. Put in the italics command in the word and it'll remove the censor. Fuck.
  • + 3
 Fenders are a great idea! Love the stock designs & you can even get custom... noice
  • + 3
 Or get a sheet from Home Depot for 5 bucks cut it out yourself, and set your kids free on them with sharpie markers. My youngest made the pattern on the fender match what she drew on the walls.
  • + 9
 @onemind123: lol I made my current, thanks for the advice. Who has kids?! I'm avoiding those lil money suckers as long as I can.
  • + 5
 €319, Damn.
  • + 2
 get the weather gear from army surplus. big enough to fit over ballistic vests so its big enough to fit over any bike related body armor. 16 euros for a goeteck jacket in decent condition.
  • + 2
 Yeah I don't get it, what's a decent pair of waterproof riding trousers, £100? And a decent waterproof jacket, £130 or less?

How does taping the two together add another £100 to the price??
  • + 3
 isx do a onesie for about £50...
  • + 2
 Umm, yeah. "It's no more expensive than a waterproof jacket and trousers combo". I dunno about the rest of you, but I ain't buying no $185 apiece pants and jacket to trash around in the nasty weather.
  • + 1
 I’m sure if I wore that dirt suit I’d be made fun of by friends but it’s an awesome idea and I think it looks good. I would definitely wear one at the bike park on those days they have torrential downpours
  • + 1
 Check out army surplus sometime. You can get goretex stuff for under $100 CAD in many cases. I have a friend that ordered in a Russian Army onesie and spent like $40 on aliexpress. Real goretex, works perfectly well, and you can get it in a ton of different colours.

While this is a great idea, the bike industry, as it often does, is charging a lot for it.

Edit; look into a gorka suit.
  • + 2
 Am I the only noticing the latest new trend; “the fuglier it is, the more we can charge for it”?
  • + 3
 I’d rather just get wet and be €319 better off!
  • + 2
 Who doesn’t love a fart bag??!!
  • + 2
 You could be mistaken for a buck on that dirt suit!
  • + 1
 Snakes are not "adorable forest creatures". They are agents of Satan and must be destroyed!!!!!
  • + 4
 Hail snakes
  • + 2
 intergalactic planetary planetary intergalactic
  • + 2
 You are set when your Onesie also doubles as your Ghostbusters outfit.
  • + 2
 Don't they make those onesies also for wrestlers trying to make weight?
  • + 1
 It's called a half sleeve...
  • + 1
 What’s the point of reviewing a riding jersey if you are not a rider?
  • + 1
 Uh, English isn't your first language I guess.

She says she hasn't ridden in that jersey yet.

It's great how we know these articles are aboit stuff they haven't used yet we still click and read their uninformed opinions (and supply a few of our own).
  • + 0
 "I haven't ridden in the Alder jersey yet"
  • + 1
 The Check Outs aren't reviews - they're monthly round-ups of things that have come across our desks that we've had a chance to "check out" in person, but not to review.
  • + 1
 130bucks for shorts??? Thank I'll pass!
  • + 1
 Waterproof shorts that are actually comfortable, with Teflon EcoElite, BlueSign approved, and 10k/20k......But again, it doesnt rain much in spain I guess?
  • + 1
 @stikmanglaspell: I wish...currently its pissing like hell! Frown
  • + 1
 fender == mudhugger
  • + 1
 at least a few mud pies
  • - 3
 What's the use of a fender looking artsy when your just gonna get crap on in? I guess idiots can afford $10k bikes can afford a $27 toilet paper!
  • - 3
 I was just thinking that I have $10k bikes and wouldn't spend $24 on a fender
  • + 11
 The crap goes on the bottom, unless you've f*cked up biblically.
  • - 1
 What was that last video about?
  • + 5
 Dissapointment! I waited for the garden hose-test for demonstration!
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