Bellwether is a clothing brand with a scientific eye toward all seasons: not only do they work to create windproof and waterproof materials for winter racing and riding, but they push the boundaries with summer-weight gear as well. While cyclocross brings to mind cold and rainy weather, most racers start training in the summer, and early season racing can still be steamy, so warm weather gear is still very much an important part of a ’crossers wardrobe.
New for Spring include the Elite CS collection and the Optime kit. The Optime bib shorts are new for the year, featuring their Coldblack fabric, which boasts the ability to keep you cool in the hottest races. The shorts also feature a 3D chamois with a carbon weave (see the slideshow for more photos). A longer silicon gripper at the bottom helps keep shorts safely in place, and more paneling than standard allow for better movement. The bib shorts retail for $160, and a similar women’s version offers a similar version that has a front hook instead of a standard bib setup (see slideshow).
Bellwether has also introduced three new sets of gloves, The Supreme, The Heritage and the Pursuit, ranging from $20 to $40 in price. The Pursuit is the lightweight mesh design, “fairly simple” according to the Bellwether reps. The Heritage gloves are calfskin leather and tie into one of their new Heritage kits. Lastly, the Supreme is the most simple model, providing coverage and gel padding at the lowest price point.
We also recently reviewed some of Bellwether’s cold-weather offerings in Issue 24, with more reviews to come online so stay tuned. Additionally, Bellwether has some exciting new products they’re adding to their Fall/Winter 2014 line, including a convertible version of the recently-reviewed long-sleeve Coldfront Jersey. The sleeves will zip off to create a short-sleeve version, perfect for those in-between days on the road or on the trail.
Check out the slideshow below for more details, and check back soon for more from Sea Otter!
Check out all of our tech goodies from Sea Otter 2014, and keep checking as we start to get rolling into the long weekend.