North Face had a booth at Sea Otter this year. I’ve been noticing their bike gear at stores and online dealers for a few months now so I decided to stop in and take a look. I think of them as mostly a winter sports company so I was curious to find out why they were getting into the bike clothing market and what their stuff was like. What they told me makes sense – in the summer all their winter athletes are on mountain bikes and they figured they might as well take advantage of that and make clothing for them. They’ve got athletes to rep the gear and their supply lines and manufacturing already in place. It wasn’t a huge leap for them to start making mountain bike shorts, jerseys and jackets.
The North Face bike gear style is decided relaxed and fun with an emphasis on trail and freeride. They’ve even got a “Downieville” short. How can you not love that?. I was skeptical when I first started seeing their stuff but now that I’ve talked to them and taken a closer look I think I like what their doing.
Men’s Downieville Short
North Face’s Downieville short designed to fit easily over armour and pads, features a raised high back waistband, elliptical knee hem, ticket clip in hand pocket, adjustable waist tabs, hand pockets, a sunglass wipe in right hand pocket, zip/flap cargo pockets, zip-gusset thigh vents, seamless crotch gusset, and inner leg flex panels. The Downieville short retails for $95.
Men’s Murray Dee Jersey
North Face’s Murray Dee half-sleeve freeride jersey features VaporWick fabrication moisture wicking, an internal media pocket and headphone port, mesh vent panels at sides and center back, ultraviolet protection factor (UPF 50 shoulders, UPF 30 body), reflective logo and graphic, and a sunglass wipe sewn into the hem. The Murray Dee jersey retails for $65.
Women’s Cringe Jacket
North Face’s Cringe waterproof, breathable rain jacket has bike-specific chest zip vents that work to cool your core without restricting arm movement. The Cringe jacket also features an adjustable elliptical hem, reflective logo and graphic, draft flap with chin guard, hook and loop adjustable cuffs, cross air flow venting, back yoke cape vent mesh lining, chest media zip pocket with internal wire routing, back zip security pocket, mesh lined hand zip pockets, mesh sunglass pocket, stow-away cinch hood, articulated sleeves, and a two-way center front zipper with storm flap. The Cringe jacket retails for $149.
Women’s MuddyBunny Short
North Face’s MuddyBunny water resistant, breathable, mountain bike short features three-needle reinforced stitching through gusset and rise seams, articulated knees built to fit over pads, front hand pockets mesh lined for venting, back pockets with Velcro flap, a reflective logo, graphic placement print, a sunglass wipe in right hand pocket, a key chain metal loop inside right hand pocket, cargo stash pocket with audio interface and internal wire routing, adjustable contoured waistband, center front hook closure with Lycra gusset, reinforced stitching and bartacking throughout all stress zones, and a seamless crotch panel. The MuddyBunny retails for $80.