100% is expanding their reach into the mountain bike world for 2017 with the launch of their new line of apparel that was developed with input from the Giant Factory Off-Road team. There are three different collections, the R-Core, which is the downhill line, along with the trail / all-mountain oriented Celium and Airmatic. Aircraft Helmet
100%'s Aircraft full face maintains the same sleek design as last year, but it's now equipped with a MIPS liner, a feature that's becoming more and more common in new helmets. The low friction liner lets the inner shell of the helmet slide along it during a crash, movement that's intended to reduce the amount of rotational energy that reaches the brain. The carbon-shelled Aircraft helmet is available in seven different colors, and retails for $450. Airmatic Jersey
100%'s Airmatic collection is aimed at all-mountain riders, with a relaxed but not overly baggy fit for the jersey and shorts. The polyester jersey is longer in the back to keep it from riding up when you're hunched over the bars, and there's an internal goggle wipe for clearing away the mud and fog.
Those are the important details, and in person the new kit looks very nice, but I had to laugh out loud when I read the product description in 100%'s catalog. The jersey has an “enduro-quality fit for comfort and performance,” and an “engineered neckline for added style and comfort.” Enduro quality fit? What does that even mean? And in my mind, engineering is best left for designing things like rocketships and bridges, not necklines. Meaningless marketing lingo aside, the navy/white Honor Jersey and the grey/teal Fast Times jersey retail for $59 USD. Airmatic Shorts
The Airmatic shorts have a clean and simple look, with a stretchy back panel for pedaling comfort, and zippered pockets so you don't lose your wallet and keys out in the middle of nowhere. Velcro straps are in place on each side to fine tune the fit, and a hidden snap keeps them securely in place. The $129 price includes a detachable liner short
The Celium jersey uses a lightweight polyester/elastane blend to help wick away moisture, and has small laser-cut perforations on the back panel for even greater ventilation. Like the Airmatic, it has a drop tail design and an integrated glasses / goggle wipe. Colors: heather black, burgundy / black. MSRP: $69 USD.
R-Core DH Jersey and Pants
In keeping with the Celium line's lightweight and breathable theme, the shorts have perforations on the inseam and back panels to help keep with ventilation. Rather than using velcro, the fit around the waist is adjusted with a small elastic cord. A detachable liner is also included. Colors: black tie-dyed, Cone Zone (orange). MSRP: $169 USD.
The $139 USD R-Core DH pants are constructed from 600D polyester to help them survive the encounters with the ground that can accompany downhill riding and racing. A tapered cut keeps the cuffs from getting tangled or caught by chains and chainrings, while a stretchy panel around the knee provides room for pads. There are also R-Core DH shorts that use the same material and colors, but obviously only cover to just below the knee.
The matching jersey was also designed specifically with downhill riding in mind, with a looser fit to accommodate pads as well as the contortions that go along with rocketing through the woods. MSRP: $59 USD.