British outdoor brand Rab (owned by Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd.) has announced their entry into the off-road bike market in SS23.
At their recent International Sales Meeting, Rab successfully introduced their first ever Cinder off-road bike collection to their sales teams. Cinder is the result of a long and intense R&D process. It builds on more than 40 years of expertise crafting clothing and equipment to protect against the most adverse weather conditions, providing performance and comfort for all mountain pursuits.
The new Cinder collection includes 31 styles for men and women. From the gravel track to the woodland trail, to the hike-a-bike mountain epic, Cinder is designed to give riders freedom and confidence to take on whatever is in their path.
Tim Fish, Design Director at Rab, said: “Off-road biking adventures require immense versatility in apparel. One moment you’re too hot, then too cold, it’s windy and you’re always dealing with moisture. We have the knowledge and experience of managing these conditions through many years of creating the finest mountaineering, climbing, mountain running, and skiing kit. We’ve taken this knowledge and combined it with a finely engineered on-bike fit to enable fun, adventure, and exploration. We know that bikers wear Rab. And that mountain people bike. Our new Cinder range is the logical progression.”
Cinder features advanced technologies and fine-tuned designs to provide ultimate protection and comfort on any bike ride. The range features hardshells that keep you fully protected but allow your skin to breathe. Layers that work in harmony to regulate your microclimate at a molecular level. And designs with body mapped materials that perfectly balance protection and freedom of movement, keeping you comfortable in any conditions.
The Cinder Phantom Jacket for men and women is the ultimate ultralight waterproof jacket for cyclists. Weighing in at less than 100g, it’s an exceptionally packable, breathable, protective layer, with a silicone grip drop hem, ride-refined sleeves, and frame attachable stuff sack. The ultralight Pertex Shield 2.5 layer fabric offers stretch, weather protection and comfort, built with a fusion of durable face fabrics and a breathable, microporous waterproof coating.
The Cinder Kinetic Jacket is a stretch waterproof biking jacket, offering put-on, keep-on protection to riders who embrace any forecast. The next evolution in Rab’s Kinetic range, it is built with ultra-soft Proflex 3-layer fabric for breathable, lightweight protection that excels in all conditions. A unique Rab innovation, Proflex is made by sandwiching a bespoke PU hydrophilic membrane between two high gauge knit fabrics. Its construction allows Rab to make ‘softshell’ jackets with the waterproof protection of a traditional hardshell. Designed to transform the way you dress for the outdoors, Proflex is a true revolution in waterproof technology.
For optimum comfort over any distance, the new Cinder Bibs, Cargo and Liner Shorts use the Elastic Interface® gravel specific chamois. After extensive field trials and lab research, this chamois was chosen as it suited the needs of a wide demographic of users offering consistent and enduring comfort over distance, days, and all terrain. Lightweight, breathable, and secure, it is built with a mixed cell structure for unmatched elastic recovery. Thanks to Elastic Interface® and their world-wide standard for quality and innovation, this chamois is built to last whatever the distance.
Andy Schimeck, Global Sales Director at Rab, summarises: “Rab has enjoyed the credibility and trust of mountaineers around the world for decades. When it comes to technical clothing and protection from the elements, we have the expertise to deliver the ultimate bike wear for mountain people. With our new Cinder bike collection, we offer the perfect gear for any mountain person on two wheels. Whether that’s gravel, adventure, or mountain biking, multi-day bike-packing or afternoon training to get ready for the next expedition.”
The new Rab Cinder off-road bike collection will be on sale in selected stores by Spring 2023. The range will be presented to media at upcoming trade shows such as OTS and OutDoor by ISPO.