At the Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas, road clothing companies gave a preview of next season's styles, fabrics and trends. BikeRadarspent two days walking the halls to bring you the highlights.
Giordana's new FRC line employs longer, svelte sleeves than prior editions, with compressive leg grippers that use technology borrowed from the medical-garment world. The FRC jersey uses an "I-Beam" construction of two-way stretch fabric (in black) to strengthen the pockets while the rest of the jersey material is a four-way stretch, breathable mesh (in red).
In a departure from typical road style, Santini has a 3/4-length jersey called the Photon, made with carbon particles in the mesh underarms for their anti-bacterial and anti-static properties.
Santini has a new women's collection, done with Australian track racer Anna Meares. The 33 Jersey is named for Meares' world record 500m time of 33 seconds. It has five pockets, including the two little ones on the sides.
Santini's new one-panel Racer bib shorts have but a single stitch up the inside of the leg. There is no added silicone or elastic, as the entire legs are compressive and designed to stay in place without any grippers. Santini calls the fabric Onda ('wave' in Italian), as it has alternating thicknesses of Lycra.
On the more affordable end of the spectrum, Bellwether has jerseys and bibs with heat-deflecting materials. The inside layer of the Bellwether Forza bibs have polymers (in circles below) that react with moisture to lower surface temperature. And the company also uses ColdBack in some of its garments to lower temperature, as well as something it calls CoolTemp, which acts similarly but is embedded in the fabric fibre instead of an external treatment.
Assos has new thermal bibs called the Tiburu based on the S7 shorts that launched last year. They use a waffle thermal fabric called 610.RX. The Tiburu thermal bibs have a windproof crotch, with a water-resistant treatment on the entire short.
POC is expanding its clothing with more performance-minded pieces. POC has two lines, the AVIP safety line with bright colors, and the performance line with racer-inspired pieces.
After years of SpeedShop being a pro-only line, Pearl Izumi announced at Interbike that it will sell SpeedShop items as custom to clubs and teams.
De Marchi has two lines - a retro line that draws heavily from the company's heritage, and a modern line. De Marchi's parent company is CyTech, the giant company that makes chamois pads for many clothing brands.
Pella has licensed the CinZano name. The Pella CinZano wool bibs have a synthetic under-layer for better moisture management.