Headed by Dave Watson – the freerider who famously jumped over the Tour de France – and based in Vancouver's North Shore, Sombrio have released some pretty tasty gear over the years, mixing performance fabrics and cuts with street style.
With Hotlines now signed on as their UK distributors, it should be easier than ever to get hold of their kit. Here's a quick look at some of their 2012 riding gear, which should start appearing in shops early in the new year.
Wet weather gear
The Vapor jacket is an old favourite here at BikeRadar, as at home down the pub as it is in a torrential downpour out on the hills, and the 2012 version looks better than ever. Features include sealed seams, zipped underarm vents, a peaked hood and shockcord waistband adjustment. RRP is £174.99.
Sticking with the waterproof theme, the Wildcard shorts (£79.99) eschew the usual shiny black finish in favour of a good-looking grey herringbone fabric. They have some neat features including zipped leg vents and storm flaps on the pockets. To keep your tendons warm, Sombrio now offer knee warmers too.
The Torker jersey and Lowline 2 shorts pictured below are from Sombrio's 'Epik' trail/cross-country collection. The shorts are £94.99 with a detachable liner, in either 'wet cement' or black. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish should help shrug off light showers.
The Torker jersey has a multi-panel design for improved fit, flat seams for comfort, plus wicking and anti-bacterial treatments, and is available in blue or black. We like the subtle graphics. RRP is £39.99.
Sombrio are known for their lairy downhill gear and the Duster mesh jersey and Charger shorts from their 2012 'Race' line are no letdown, with a black, white, gold and purple colour scheme that'll make you stand out on your way down the track.
Sombrio also have men's and women's casual clothing ranges, for when you're tucking into a post-ride pint. Seen below is the £55.99 Hog Tied plaid shirt and Bang skinny jeans (£69.99).
A new range of Sombrio flat pedal shoes is also in the pipeline for 2012, but we haven't laid eyes on those yet – we'll post a story as soon as we do. For now, visit www.hotlines-uk.com or sombriocartel.com.