Usually in our designs we start with an idea of a product that is missing from our personal kit. Well-fitted jerseys that really wick the moisture away. Shells properly cut to fit the riding position that offered protection from the elements. Truly comfortable shorts for long days in the saddle. The Recon was a little different. In this case we started with a fabric that we loved - we knew we just had to build a jacket out of it.
The fabric - WINDSTOPPER® Softshell 180N.
Using the WINDSTOPPER® membrane as the foundation, this softshell fabric offers complete windproofness with great breathability by combining the comfort of a soft mid-layer and the water resistance of a shell in one garment. The WINDSTOPPER® membrane is an ultra thin protective layer which is laminated between two lightweight textile layers. The back is a soft textured knit for comfort. The outer layer is a woven nylon for keeping the weather at bay and also provides durability against abrasion from brush and branches.
The membrane is made of the versatile polymer PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) which is expanded to create a micro porous structure. These micro pores are 900 times larger than water vapor molecules, allowing perspiration to pass through unhindered. This means that the WINDSTOPPER® membrane adds total windproofness to any textile without perceivably restricting its initial breathability or weight.Starting with such a comfortable fabric, it made perfect sense to pair it with our 7 Day fit block. The active fit delivers stellar freedom of movement by using our Helix patterning to shape it into the riding position. The addition of ultra-breathable stretch woven panels under the arms further aids in moisture transfer and reduces bulk to provide complete freedom of movement. Internally, seams are trimmed to 3mm and reinforced with tape throughout the entire garment. This increases weather protection, reduces the overall weight, and gives the jacket a more comfortable fit. The versatility of the 7 Day fit means that the Recon will transition easily from long days in the saddle to long evenings with friends.
The Recon’s features include a smooth sliding front Vislon zip that helps keep road and trail spray out. The simple one handed adjustment of the SmoothLock Hem allows the user to fine tune the fit. Two hand pockets provide ideal storage for small items like energy bars or gels as well as quick access to electronics.
From spring base rides to cool summer evenings to autumn rips through the leaves, the Recon is a well-rounded jacket offering amazing breathability, protection from wind and water, and such comfort that you won’t want to take it off after the bikes have been hung up for the day.
NEW FOR SPRING 2018
NEW - NORTHWOODS WINDSHELL