Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 22nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm
We love seeing local bike companies expand their product lines. It demonstrates that our bike economy is strong and that the spirit of innovation from our local bikey brain trust is alive and well.
Today we’ve got words and pictures of two new products now available from two Portland companies: Showers Pass and Islabikes USA.
Showers Pass introduces a new addition to their line of technical waterproof breathable outerwear called the Atlas Jacket. The Atlas stands up to the elements with 3-layer waterproof breathable fabric, a PFC-free durable water repellent treatment and fully sealed seams for all weather protection. The unique MapReflect fabric design consists of 11 international cities known for cycling (Portland, New York, Washington DC, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Newcastle, Berlin, Sydney and Taipei). “The Atlas Jacket is equally at home on a bike commute or a world tour,” says Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass president. “We wanted a jacket that supports an active outdoor lifestyle, stands up to bad weather, and offers a stylish way to stay visible to traffic at night.”
For the world traveler, year-round commuter, and outdoor enthusiast; the Atlas Jacket is optimized for those who demand visibility without compromising comfort or style. The screen printed reflective map pattern is visible from 200 meters with car headlights. Fully waterproof and breathable, the technical fabric provides stretch to move comfortably with a body in motion.
The jacket also features a soft, brushed lining and front hand warmer pockets to lock in extra warmth when needed. Meanwhile, adjustable airflow cuffs as well as large core vents prevent overheating during high energy activities. Because of the unique map design and the way the patterns are cut during production, no two jackets are exactly alike. Look around the world and try to find a feature loaded shell that stands out from the crowd like this.
– Extra-long core vents prevent overheating
– Exclusive airflow–regulating cuffs
– Ergonomic easy-grip zipper pulls
– Removable hood fits over a helmet and stows in inside pocket
– Drawcord at hood and double toggle cinch at hem
– Soft, moisture wicking lining at collar
– Front hand warmer pockets and chest pocket with audio ports
– Light loops on back
– Regular fit
– Men’s Sizes SM-XXL
– Women’s Sizes SM-XXL
– Color: available in black
The tread pattern includes a closely-spaced center line section to reduce rolling resistance on hard pack, with scaled and spaced aggressive side knobs for effective mud shedding and excellent grip in corners. The 185 TPI casing on a folding Kevlar bead incorporates skin will technology giving a smooth and supple ride at lower pressures. The Gréim Pro tires will retail at $54.99 per tire and are available in three sizes:
24 x 1.18 (30-507) – 260g
26 x 1.22 (31-559) – 300g
700 x 32c (32-622) – 340g
The same tread pattern as the Gréim Pro can be found on the Gréim. Retailing at $29.99 per tire,
these feature a lower thread count at 72 TPI, a wire bead and a Kevlar belt for added puncture
protection and will also be available in:
24 x 1.18 (30-507) – 360g
26 x 1.22 (31-559) – 390g
700 x 32c (32-622) – 440g
We’ve got a pair of the Gréim Pro tires and will be giving them a go on local dirt roads and trails. Stay tuned here and on social media to learn our impressions. If you want more local industry news, check out our Industry Ticker column and our Business story archives.