Two new products from Portland-based bike companies deserve your attention — especially as evening commutes get darker and rides get colder.
Body-Mapped Baselayer from Showers Pass
Showers Pass rain jackets are sort of an unofficial uniform for Portland bike riders. Given how many of them dot the streetscape when weather turns wet and cold, you’d think they were handed out at the border.
the eventual winner of Milan Sanremo.
(Photo by TDWSport.com)
Showers Pass rain jackets are so commonly seen in Portland’s bikeways, they’re the closest thing you can get to an official uniform. But seeing them used in the elite professional ranks isn’t common at all. Or at least it wasn’t until yesterday.
The Portland-based company that specializes in wet-weather bicycling apparel, scored a PR coup when jackets emblazoned with their logo and their trademark goldenrod color appeared on the winning team at Sunday’s Milan-Sanremo race.
Showers Pass is expanding their product line once again with the new “Crosspoint” sock which they say is waterproof and breathable. Check out the photo and press release below and stay tuned for our review once we get a pair to try out…
NEW: Waterproof Breathable Socks from Showers Pass
Three-Layer Bonded Construction Provides Truly Innovative Wet Weather Protection for
Cycling, Running, Nordic Skiing, and Other Outdoor Activities
Portland, Ore., December 3, 2013 – Showers Pass, the Portland, Oregon-based leader in wet and inclement weather protection for cyclists has introduced a first-ever, multi-sport waterproof-breathable sock for cycling, running, skiing and other outdoor activities.
Reflecting Showers Pass’ trademark attention to detail and commitment to solving the problems of cyclists and other outdoor athletes, the new Crosspoint WP sock provides fast, reliable moisture control for even the toughest outdoor sports – while still feeling like a normal sock.
Thanks to a three-layer bonded construction, the new Crosspoint sock provides reliable moisture control and full submersion protection for even the toughest outdoor sports. An Artex waterproof-breathable membrane is sandwiched between the knit outer layer and moisture-wicking Coolmax FX nylon lining for total protection and optimal comfort. A touch of Spandex ensures a snug fit.
“When you’re talking about outdoor sports in winter, it is critical to protect your feet and keep them dry,” says Kyle Ranson, president, Showers Pass. “Being miles from home in harsh conditions with wet feet can get you in serious trouble very quickly. But that’s no reason to be stuck in clammy, uncomfortable footwear. That’s why we’ve taken everything we know about temperature and moisture control in outerwear and poured it into the fabrication of these new socks.”
The Showers Pass Crosspoint Mid-Calf WP sock retails at an MSRP of $35, and is available from cycling and sports outerwear retailers worldwide. For more information on this and other Showers Pass products, visit www.showerspass.com.
About Showers Pass (www.showerspass.com)
Portland, Ore. based Showers Pass designs and markets technically innovative cycling outerwear and bicycle accessories to top independent bicycle dealers, specialty retailers and a strong, loyal consumer base across the United States and abroad. Showers Pass gear is engineered for bicycle racers, commuters, and everyday cycling enthusiasts. The company is focused on designing performance products so innovative that they inspire more people to ride in any and every weather condition.
Southeast Portland based Showers Pass continues to enter new markets. They announced a new waterproof glove line back in January. Below is a press release about their latest products…
“Showers Pass® is known for keeping cyclists protected, dry and performing year round, so it seems a natural extension that we design accessories protection to do the same,” says Kyle Ranson, president, Showers Pass®. “I used to put my phone in a plastic bag when going on long rides in the rain. That was fine until I wanted to actually USE the phone. Our Cloudcover cases are our easy, affordable answer to that, and they use everything we’ve learned about keeping active people dry whatever they’re doing, wherever they are.”
Created for the year-round rigors of all-weather use in rain, snow and mud, Cloudcover cases may have cycling DNA in their design but they’re also ideal for all water, snow and ski, cross-country sports and rugged enough to protect tablets and smartphones on family camping and hiking expeditions.
Each case is designed for a slim profile with secure welded edges to keep out rain, snow, dirt and water but also to retain touchscreen, phone call and camera functionality in all conditions. A clever dual zip-lock feature keeps every device safe from an accidental splash in the water if properly sealed.
Other Cloudcover features include a pull-tab for easy opening on-the-go, a practical side tab to attach to a keychain or mini-carabiner plus dual zip-lock for ultra waterproof protection, reflective elements for easy location in the dark and welded edges that also help to cushion any falls or blows on the trail.
Available from July 2013, the Cloudcover line includes cases for iPads for $49.99; iPad Minis for $37.50; Kindles for $37.50; smartphones (Samsung Glaxy, etc.) for $24.99; iPhone 4 &5s for $24.99; as well as dry wallet for $19.99.
Available in Late July 2013.
In yet another sign of growth, southeast Portland based Showers Pass has announced a new sales operation in the United Kingdom. Here’s more from a company press release:
“Based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, the Showers Pass UK headquarters opens for business May 16, 2013 and will introduce a full line of the kinds of performance apparel that has made the brand a must-have stateside.”
Showers Pass CEO Kyle Ranson says the brands strength in the U.S. has created a “loyal and fast growing following” of European customers online. And now he says, “It’s time to really put the rubber to the road in the UK.” Ranson is originally from South Shields and he’s tapped his brother Fraser Ranson as head of UK operations. Kyle will continue to run the U.S. arm of the company. (more…)
Portland-based Showers Pass launched a new line of gloves at the Outdoor Retailer trade show last week. It’s an ambitious foray for the company, and it’s just the latest sign of their growth into new markets and a transition away from their commuter jacket reputation. As sales manager Stephen Lederer said during my visit to their southeast Portland headquarters a few days ago, “We’re branching out of commuter, into every aspect of bicycling.”
A major part of this new direction for Showers Pass are the four glove models they unveiled last week; the Crosspoint Hardshell, Softshell, Wind Glove, and Liner Glove. The new gloves won’t be in stores until fall, but I was able to check out some samples at the company’s headquarters in southeast Portland. (more…)
(Photo: Showers Pass)
This just in from locally based Showers Pass clothing:
Ownership, Management Changes at Showers Pass, Portland-Based Outerwear Company
PORTLAND, Ore., September 18, 2012 — Showers Pass Co-President Ed Dalton has sold his interest in the Portland-based cycling apparel maker to business partner and Co-President Kyle Ranson, the company announced today.
“I am proud to say that Showers Pass has developed into a leader in the bicycling outerwear business and is recognized as a high-performance, high-quality brand,” said Dalton, of watching the company grow from a start-up to representation in top independent bike shops and national specialty retailers.
Showers Pass is poised for continued growth, said Ranson: “The team and I are very excited about the future. We’re launching some great new products at the Interbike show this month.”
Dalton will move on to pursue other entrepreneurial interests. Ranson will assume the role of President/CEO of Showers Pass effective immediately.
Showers Pass, a company that designs and markets bicycling apparel and has been headquartered in Portland since 2005, has relocated. According to a statement from the company, the new, 8,000 square foot space (at 2101 SE 6th Ave) is twice the size of their current office and warehouse facility on SE 17th Ave. near Powell Blvd. (more…)