It’s an odd time of the year to be introducing a series of winter apparel, especially considering that most of the world is already on the cusp of spring.
However, that didn’t seem to influence Shimano’s decision to launch a collection of new winter clothing as part of its S-Phyre range of cycling apparel.
Who knows, with all of the talk surrounding climate change these days, maybe the Japanese brand is onto something?
In any case, the new winter collection is comprised of a wind resistant long-sleeve jersey, bib tights, a base layer, gloves and a choice between two styles of shoe covers.
In the case of the jersey, it features a wind-cheating anatomical and aerodynamic cut, along with a water repellent coating to shed moisture. Warmth is provided thanks to a fleece quilted liner and neck, alongside an extended tail and laser-cut side panels and shoulders – that include MicroVents for breathability.
The jersey is further rounded-out with deep storage pockets on the back, to include both a waterproof zipper pocket and a looped pocket for protecting such things as a smartphone and other valuables.
S-Phyre bib tights are constructed from a series of neoprene layers that feature fleece inserts along the front and sides, plus a high cut on the back and upper chest to improve heat retention.
In addition, the legs make use of an anatomic construction for irritation-free motion, as well as high-vis material for enhanced visibility. Moreover, a special chamois was developed to provide maximum comfort, by virtue of its split design and 4-layer shock absorbing construction.
The base layer features a seamless one- piece doubled-knitted construction, along with an integrated back mesh panel to allow excess body heat to escape.
According to Shimano, the insulated shoe and toe covers were designed to compliment their S-PHYRE RC9 cycling shoe, allowing for BOA adjustments combined with three layers of fully waterproof, highly anatomical, stretchable Neoprene in an aerodynamic one-piece construction.
Lastly, the S-Phyre winter gloves offer the same approach to anatomical fit, featuring a double-lined Neoprene and Titanium layer, combined with a stretchable, long cuff, to ensure both warmth and dryness from the outside elements.
Furthermore, Shimano has applied both synthetic leather and microfiber materials to the palms of the gloves, to add even more warmth while also providing maximum flexibility and dexterity – especially in the area of the thumbs and index fingers, which also happen to be touch screen compatible.
You can learn more about the S-Phyre winter collection by visiting Shimano’s website here.
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