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It was not all bikes at the 2019 Sea Otter Classic—although we have seen a lot. We have already done a a tire round-up and a ride-aid round-up and today, we have one that is a little more a bit of a potpourri.

We saw products from companies located both here in the U.S. and in Europe that might be of use for the off-road crowd.

Today’s round-up looks at clothing from Assos of Switzerland, bike bags from Post Carry and headgear from LEM Helmets.

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All of our coverage of new bikes and products is available in our 2019 Sea Otter Classic archive.

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Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection

Assos of Switzerland joined the party at Sea Otter by introducing off-road clothing. Assos is not new to the off-road scene, as it sponsored four-time U.S. cyclocross national champion Jonathan Page during his last professional season.

At Sea Otter 2019, we saw key pieces of their new Trail Collection, including XC bib shorts that have been tested with the BMC MTB Racing team.

Assos XC bib shorts worn by the BMC team have DynaRope fabric on the side panels for abrasion resistance. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

Assos XC bib shorts worn by the BMC team have DynaRope fabric on the side panels for abrasion resistance. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

The side panels have a ripstop abrasion resistant DynaRope fabric. Assos developed an off-road-specific pad that has memory foam and is set a bit further forward than their road shorts to offer padding on the steepest climbs. As with most Assos products, these are priced at the high end at $239 USD.

Another unique product aimed at the off-road cyclist is the Assos Trial Cargo baggie shorts.

The Trail Collection includes Assos' trail cargo shorts baggies. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

The Trail Collection includes Assos’ trail cargo shorts baggies. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

These have a minimalist design with a waistband designed to be more comfortable than traditional baggies. The shorts are unlined, so Assos has a matching Trail Liner that has external seams, a floating pad and protective pads at the hips with removable dense polyurethane inserts in case you take a hard fall.

Assos trail liner has a lot of features: outside stitching, floating liner and hip protection pads. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

Assos trail liner has a lot of features: outside stitching, floating liner and hip protection pads. Assos of Switzerland Trail Collection, 2019 Sea Otter Classic. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

The baggies cost $149 for the Trail Cargo shorts and $139 for the Trail Liner.

More info: assos.com

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