Some sports lend themselves quite easily to lifestyle apparel. The baseball cap and the basketball shoe, for instance, are natural fits. Other sports, not so much. You can’t exactly wear crampons out to the club. And then some sports are kinda in between, like bicycling. And while you wouldn’t necessarily rock a chamois off the saddle, three of our favorite bicycling apparel brands recently launched lifestyle lines we love. Here’s what stands out about each collection, along with some exemplary pieces.
Pearl iZumi’s BikeStyle line consists of 21 pieces — shirts, hoodies, jackets, vests, pants, shorts and shoes — that combine laid-back good looks with the brand’s proven performance features, so you can sport them all the way from the trail to the après scene and beyond. The Men’s Rove Long Sleeve Shirt ($80) boasts a moisture-wicking brushed polyester woven tail fabric, drop tail for on-bike coverage and reflective accents to keep you safe when it’s finally time to ride home from the bar.
The Danish brand’s new Off-Race Casual collection is composed of six pieces — three jackets, two pants and a beanie — united by distinctive looks and highly technical fabrics that protect against the elements but are equally comfortable hanging around the house. Highlights of the Polartec 100 Off-Race Fleece Jacket ($220): warm-but-breathable recycled, synthetic fabric and four zippered pockets, including a classic cycling-style back pocket, to stash everything from Clif Bars to transit cards.
Rapha’s Mechanics Collection consists of five built-to-last, shop-style pieces — a jacket, two shirts and two pants — designed in collaboration with a select group of passionate bicycle mechanics. The Mechanics Jacket ($150) is constructed of heavyweight cotton with a bit of stretch for those on the move. It features big pockets for stashing tools, a ripstop cotton lining and quick-release cuffs so you can smoothly roll up your sleeves when it’s time to tinker with your brakes or replace a janky chain.
The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story