Yeti Cycles, the iconic mountain bike company with a cult-like following, has announced several pieces of technical MTB apparel for next year. And from what we saw at Interbike, you can bet there’ll be plenty of turquoise.
First and foremost, Yeti’s apparel designer wanted to reduce the number of features to the absolute minimum required for a given application. To that end, the company has created three “families” of products tailored to meet the needs of cross-county, trail and gravity riders.
The US$75 Teller shorts are lightweight, with a board short look and feel, and are intended for cross-country use.
The slim-cut Teller XC shorts
The US$89 Freeland shorts, intended for trail and all-mountain use, feature the usual assortment of features: stash pockets on the sides, vents in the front and a stretch panel in the back to improve mobility.
Yeti’s Freeland shorts
The US$105 Padroni shorts feel substantially lighter than comparable garments from other companies. They have an inch longer inseam (15in) than the Teller and Freeland, and boast a sewn-in mesh liner intended to reduce friction in the event of a crash.
The Padronis were developed with feedback from World Cup racers
Yeti has developed three levels of liner to complement these shorts. The inners will range in price from US$30-US$60, and will be available separately, allowing you to mix and match products to suit yours needs.
There will be a heavily padded liner for XC/endurance rides, and a lightly padded one for shorter rides and for those who prefer a minimal chamois. There’s also an unpadded liner for gravity riding.
The clothing should be available from early spring 2013.