In 2010 Nonetheless Garments launched with crowd funding help via Kickstarer. The campaign was a success, and from it came an environmentally sound line of clothing made in Chicago, IL. They used cradle to cradle production to produce unique clothing that was equally at home on the bike, at the mountain, in the office, or just sitting around the house. Nonetheless Garments has now morphed into something even more special. The new company is called Makers and Riders. The DNA of Nonetheless has certainly been carried over, and the design and quality have been pushed even further.
Makers and riders is changing up the breathability claims game. Clothing breathes thanks to diffusion. Basically the moisture (from your sweat) combined with body heat create enough pressure that the water vapor finally makes its way through the fabric. This works ok for a hardshell that is totally waterproof, but we all know, you sweat like a stuck pig wearing a rain jacket more often than not. The Makers and Riders soft-shell tech gives up full waterproofness for a big gain in breathability. Their clothing makes use of convection. This means that the airflow is more constant, which allows for more water vapor to escape.
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3-Season Epodic NeoShell Weatherproof Trousers: $195
These pants feature a familiar five pocket design. There is more freedom in the crotch thanks to the Gull Wing Gusseted design. The pocket bags are deep, and they feature a self-cleaning, wicked dry management system. The pants make use of a waistband gripper to keep them in place. The fit is slim, similar to a Levi’s 511 jean, and it has an Anti-Sprocket leg opening of seven inches. A 3M Scotch Guard coating is present, and the trousers are odor resistant. There is a pair headed our way for review, so stay tuned.
3-Season Suprema Weatherproof Pant: $195
These are also slim fitting, but they feature a bit more room in the thigh area. They again use the five pocket design, Gull Wing Gusseted crotch, and waistband gripper. The Anti-Sprocket seven inch leg opening is present, and they have deep pocket bags for comfortable, safe storage of your mobile, keys, etc.
4-Season Modular Wool Pant: $159
These beauties are a real stand out. They are made from a polyester created from recycled plastic bottles. The fabric is 46% wool, 51% recycled polyester, and 3% spandex. The features list reads identical to the Suprema Pants above, with the main difference being the fabrics used.
4-Season Commutist Wool Shirt: $165
To match those fancy woolen pants, Makers and Riders have your top half covered with their wool commuter shirt. A front zip chest pocket is present. There is an expandable vertical seam in the rear for increased mobility. Long arms and gusseted armpits keep up the increased mobility theme. The rear includes a storage pocket. Up front the hem is shorter and has a hidden button closer that is designed to keep the garment closer to the body.
Not sure the pants are exactly what you want? Well you are in luck. Makers and Riders gives you a free 14 day trial of their pants and wool items. Hit up the site for full details.
Those are the staples of their lineup. However, a peak at the Makers and Riders site will show you they have some oddities and rarities for sale as well; vintage 1955 denim jackets that were intended for use by inmates, a Dutch military shirt, and a time tested M-65 Belgium military jacket.