Each year, the crew at Sombrio draw inspiration from their beautiful British Columbia coastal mountain surroundings and incorporate them into their line. For 2017, ocean spray, surf waves, dirt roost, rock pools, hand-drawn acorns, a touch of retro, and the work of BC-based photographer Margus Riga, all make an appearance. Let's take a look at some of the women's highlights:
The Noble jersey replaces the Pedigree jersey for 2017. The Noble is still a 3/4 sleeved garment that comes with a panel of Chill Mesh technology material across the upper shoulders, back and chest. Chill Mesh is a very light, breathable fabric that incorporates Xylitol - a cooling, fresh ingredient found in gum - that makes the material feel chilly the touch when you begin to sweat. The Noble will retail for $65 USD.
The Valley jersey is fully constructed out of Chill Mesh material. This jersey felt extremely light and soft to the touch, and is intended for those hot, hot summer ride days. The final product won't include the breast pocket pictured here, Instead, they will come with a small stow pocket for lightweight storage.
The Vista jersey combines a classic 3/4 raglan style sleeve with Chill Mesh panels on the back and under the arms. The jersey on the left features all of the colors used in the entire collection in tiny hand drawn acorns. The jersey on the right is part of Sombrio's Forest collection, which features the work of renowned BC mountain bike photographer Margus Riga which as been sublimated into the Cool Wik material.
The DH-oriented Burst jersey comes with a slightly revised narrower neckline this year and the wrist cuffs have also been narrowed down a touch. The Burst jersey is meant to be roomy enough to wear armor, and is articulated around the elbows to help accommodate pads. The Drift shorts have had a fun color update, but remain structurally the same as last year.
The Silhouette riding shirt gets a color update and, if you're not a super fan of this palette, the men's version will be available in smaller sizes to suit women. The new Robson Jean Shorts are made from stretchy "Action Denim." And, while maybe not best-suited for mountain biking, they should be a solid choice for those beach and bar cruising days. The Drirelease fabric helps push moisture out of the shorts to keep you comfortable and dry, and the short has a mid-rise front with a higher-rise back so when you are on the bike, there should be no gaping view of your under jams. With an in-built U-lock loop and six pockets, the Robson shorts seem like a good summer go-to.
Kask Launch Koo
Italian helmet manufacturer Kask have been making high-end helmets since 2004, and have now branched out into the sunglasses market with the launch of their new brand 'Koo'. Their first product is the new 'Open' sunglasses which are constructed of polycarbonate and include Zeiss lenses, a unique folding pivot, and removable and interchangeable lenses. The glasses also come with what Koo are calling an ‘Airflow Active System’ which means you can tilt the lenses to three different angles to suit your face and the weather conditions.
Koo 'Open' glasses
Kask is very proud of the fact that all of their products are made in Italy. Even the German Zeiss lenses are constructed in one of their Italian factories. They 'Open' are available in 12 different colorways so you can coordinate with your KASK helmet like a baller. The 'Open' sunglasses will be available with 2 different lenses for $239 USD. A photocromatic lens will be available to buy separately.
Last year, Pearl Izumi gave their mountain bike lineup a huge overhaul, and they were very proud of the fact that they started by updating the women's line. This year, a number of small additions and changes have been made to the line.
The Launch jersey is a 3/4 sleeve, V-neck, breathable jersey that was released this year. For 2017, a few color updates have been made which can be matched with the new Launch shorts. These are meant to be a durable pair of shorts that feature a 12-inch inseam, belt loops, and a zippered cargo pocket. The Launch jersey also comes in three short-sleeve options and three long-sleeve options. The Launch short-sleeve jersey retails for $60 and the 3/4-sleeve for $70. Launch shorts are $135 USD.
Gorgena Terry started making bicycles over thirty years ago and branched into saddles ten years after that. The Burlington, Vermont, based company have a long history of making popular saddles for women, but a mountain-bike-specific option has been out of the mix for some time - until now. The Topo takes its design cue from the company's best selling Butterfly. Changes include a lower profile, a raised rear and a decrease in the width of the saddle. The graphic on the saddle is actually a topographic map of Vermont's Kingdom trails, a favorite riding spot for the staff at Terry. The Topo will be available in January, and will retail for $99 USD
Bell had great success this year launching their Bell Joyride
campaign which saw eight women in Canada and the USA start regular social MTB rides for women in their home towns. The program is back for 2017 and Bell will be granting Joyride sponsorships to five more women across North America. Anyone looking to apply, or to find out more, should go here
The accompany the program, Bell also launched the Joyride helmet range, which takes popular models from Bell's helmet line and gives them a specific look for women. Two of those helmets, the Super 3R and the Super 3, have been updated this year with a revised fit and a new retention system, and will be available in Matte Cobalt/Pearl and Matte Emerald colorways.
We hear a lot of feedback on Pinkbike about limited color options for women's clothing. Zoic offer their popular Navaeh short in 13 different colors and patterns. With muted grays, earth-toned camo's, brighter shades, and bold patterns, Navaeh's are worth checking out if you are on the hunt for a new pair of riding shorts and haven't found a look to suit your preferences.
The Zaia is a new short-sleeve riding jersey that will come in three options. The Milos jersey has one rear zip pocket, 3/4 raglan-cut sleeves, a half-zip in the front, and is made from either a lightweight fabric, or a "Deep Fusion" heavier-weight fabric option. All of the jersey's in the line are designed to mix and match with all of the colors of shorts in the line, but if you want to get matchy match, you can also go with the Navaeh's.