New Gear From Chrome

Chrome started out with pretty utilitarian bags, but they currently offer a lot more than that. They also make clothing and shoes for urban cyclists, but without the bright colors and form-fitting cut of typical lycra kit. Instead, their designers look to classic pieces for inspiration. This shows up in every aspect of their products, from elements like zippers and vents to color options. Coming up with understated products that are genuine and work well has earned them a very loyal following, mostly among commuters, bike messenger, and fixed gear enthusiasts, but more and more mainstream cyclists are discovering these quality offerings. So with the weather turning colder and wetter, it seems like the perfect time to share some of their Fall 2012 outerwear. These items are from the Chrome Storm™Outerwear line, and because they’re designed by cyclists, for cyclists, offer performance and features that extend their functionality even when off the bike. So whether you’re riding to work, or just going to meet some friends for a night out, Chrome can keep you dry, warm, and comfortable.

Chrome’s Storm Field jacket draws inspiration from a classic military jacket, but is adapted for the needs of cyclists doing battle with motorists and the elements. That means it’s cut for the full range of motion cyclists require, while offering features that provide comfort, safety, and convenience. Pockets with large flaps keep your belongings in, and water out. Velcro at the cuffs prevents snags and drafts. The long back provides coverage when you’re in the drops, but also includes a large zippered cargo pocket. A hood is stashed in the collar for rain protection. The armpits are vented for temperature regulation. All this is wrapped up in a fully taped, breathable, waterproof shell with some small reflective details at cuffs and neck for low-light safety. Suggested retail price is $250

My personal favorite, the Chrome Storm Cobra is another fully-taped 100% waterproof, breathable piece, but this time it’s in a technical hoodie. Rather than typical cotton, which is neither windproof or waterproof, the Storm Cobra is constructed of Tactel nylon. This makes it lightweight, while still maintaining the basic profile of a traditional hoodie.  Like other Chrome outerwear, the sleeves and torso are longer, for proper coverage when riding. You’ll also find a waterproof two-way main zipper, a pass through rear cargo pocket, zippered vents in the armpits, a three panel hood atop the high neck collar, and some small reflective bits for extra visibility.

The ladies have not been forgotten. Chrome’s Storm Pasha shares the same useful features as the Storm Cobra, but is cut for women. Color options are the same as well – black and olive, and they share the same suggested retail price of $200.

Each of these jackets offers the kind of attention to detail expected from Chrome. Lightweight, waterproof, breathable, with a cycling-friendly fit, and features that add function and value. Perfect for fending off chilly and damp rides, yet stylish enough that they can make the transition from bike to office to bar smoothly.  Chrome Bags.

– Brian

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