Our Fabrics

stretch cotton

we use 8oz 98% cotton with 2% lycra twill for our cotton bottoms. we love the naturally soft feel of cotton and when combined with a touch of stretch we have found that it works beautifully on a bike. this fabric is good year-round when there is no threat of precipitation.

lightweight water + wind resistant

our lightweight wwr fabric is made of a double-weave 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. double-weave means that the face of the fabric is different than the interior; the face is a twill, but the interior is a soft French terry that acts to wick moisture away from the skin. the fabric is treated with durable water resistance (DWR) agent fixed to the fabric’s surface that imparts water resistance and allows for breathe-ability to the fabric. this fabric has a ton of 4-way stretch, and is perfect for hot summer days.

mid-weight water + wind resistant

like our lightweight wwr fabric, the mid-weight version is made of a double-weave 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. double-weave means that the face of the fabric is different than the interior; the face is a twill, but the interior is a soft French terry that acts to wick moisture away from the skin. the fabric is treated with durable water resistance (DWR) agent fixed to the fabric’s surface that imparts water resistance and allows for breatheability to the fabric. this fabric has a ton of 4-way stretch, and is perfect for cooler fall / winter days.

winter softshell fabric

our winter softshell fabrics are composed of a 3-layer sandwich; the exterior is the face of the fabric that you see, the interior is a cozy and insulating fleece, and sandwiched between is the real magic: a water- and windproof breatheable membrane rated 10k / 10k. (for a good discussion on waterproof / breatheable ratings see http://backcountrybeacon.com/2010/04/waterproof-ratings-demystified/). we should note that we do NOT seam seal our garments, however, we do lap-seam critical seams, and this type of seam imparts superior water-resistance compared to regular seams. we have been informed by customers from Copenhagen, London, New York, Milwaukee, and a few other wet climes that our garments hold up great even in downpours. this fabric is best for cold, wet, wintry conditions.

bamboo fabric

our bamboo fabric is a lightweight 70% bamboo rayon and 30% cotton jersey. we love this fabric because it is incredibly soft, is a great insulator that feels cool to the touch on hot days, and is super cozy and warm on cool days, and magically resists odors. this fabric is amazing year-round. in the summer it’s great as an only layer, in the winter it’s best next-t-skin to keep you warm and stink-free.

merino wool jersey

our wool jersey is a 5.4 oz, 18.9µ 100% New Zealand merino wool jersey knit. merino wool is the perfect technical fabric: it’s soft to the touch, it’s an amazing insulator that keeps you warm even when wet and helps keep you cool in the summer, it’s breatheable and it pulls moisture away from the skin, and it resists odors. those sheep have it made!

merino wool ponti

our wool ponti is a 8.25 oz, 18.9µ 100% New Zealand merino wool ponti knit. merino wool is the perfect technical fabric: it’s soft to the touch, it’s an amazing insulator that keeps you warm even when wet, it’s breatheable and it pulls moisture away from the skin, and it resists odors. ponti is a double-kit interlock weave, that means that it is essentially two layers woven into one. this is better than just making a single thicker layer because, as we all remember from physics, the best insulation is air. the two layers make tiny pockets of air inside the fabric thus making the amazing wool insulating properties even better!

waxed cotton

waxed cotton fabric is the original water + wind repellant fabric. first used by British seamen to keep dry in the harshest North Sea conditions, wax cotton is a simple idea that works beautifully: impregnate cotton fabric with a wax dressing and not only will it bead water right off and protect you from the wind, but it is also breatheable to keep you comfortable.