For those unfamiliar with the product, Kitsbow gear is the BMW 7 series of the mountain bike apparel world. Designed in the US, the clothes are manufactured in Vancouver, and use the best materials available to construct sharp looking, high end gear, that’s capable of taking a beating.
The new Wind Jacket and Wind Vest are very light windproof polyster shells treated with DWR (Durable Water Resistant) finish for added rain protection. Both have a laser cut perforated back panel between the shoulders for ventilation, reflective piping at the shoulder, and will be available in six sizes.
The jacket has two horizontal back pockets (which are hard to identify in the photo, but the openings sit on the border of the orange and gray panels) and a small chest pocket, while the vest has only a chest pocket.
Retail on the Wind Vest is $175. The Wind Jacket will retail for $225.
Most of the current Kitsbow line up is built with slightly thicker fabric which is perfect for moderate temperatures, but with the mercury rising, they wanted to develop some new pieces to help you from wilting in the heat. The new A/M Ventilated Jersey offers UPF 50 protection from UV rays and uses a combination of performance materials to provide optimal fit, abrasion resistance, moisture wicking, and next-to-skin comfort.
Strategically placed stretch mesh paneling on the back and along the sides add passive ventilation. The jersey has two back pockets in the traditional locations, as well as two side pockets for easy access to items when wearing a pack, The top will be available in an XS through XXL in three different colors: orange, olive, and black. Retail will be $170.
The outer short is constructed from Schoeeler and treated for water resistance. The tailored profile of the shorts mean they won’t flap when descending and they won’t rub on the backs of your knees when pedaling uphill. Like all of their shorts, these also utilize a rearward facing pocket. It’s a little hard to explain, but take it from us – the design works really really well. New for this short though is an elastic band in the pocket, which will help keep your cellphone or larger items from moving about.
This short will be available in an XS through XL and will retail for $240. The Kitsbow Ventilated Base Short is constructed from Aenergia fabric, which has a greater wicking surface area when stretched. The shots also have a wide compression band with heat activated grip, and use an Italian made EIT performance Carbonium insert. The pad is MTB specific and uses high density foam inserts to relieve pressure in the ischaitic area when riding in an upright mountain bike style position.
These shorts will be available in an XS through XXL, and retail is $175.
We’re also told that the company is currently developing a new womens top and that we should expect a few new products later this year.