Product Development with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN

It’s tricky riding during the winter months. While much of the year it’s easy to hop on the bike to train or commute or just join in with friends on a chatty coffee ride, the colder time of year requires more careful planning, especially when it comes to proper clothing.

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Our product development process involves intensive testing by our ambassador Pro riders from Team KATUSHA ALPECIN - intent on producing products that not only look great, they also function above and beyond what is expected. They liked the Softshell jacket so much, we made one for them too!

They liked the Softshell jacket so much, we made one for them too!

There are two key components to being comfortable in your riding gear for cold weather – staying warm and staying dry. This jacket uses Schoeller® softshell WB400 fabric, which in layman’s terms is a technical water repellent and windproof stretch fabric with soft fleece right next to the skin. If it’s -5°c the material adjusts to that range – same for when the temps climb to 10°c.

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“For winter training, we select the elastic wind and water repellent Schoeller® WB-400 softshell fabric to guarantee effective weather protection and maximum freedom of movement.”

Professional cyclist and Team KATUSHA ALPECIN rider Marco Haller knows the jacket well and along with teammate Alexander Kristoff was part of the early testing and production group that gave feedback on the jacket.

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“Honestly, this is the jacket I’ve been waiting for. It has a layer that regulates the temperature perfectly. It’s especially important this time of the year to keep training consistent and not miss any days. With this jacket on top, it’s no big deal if the temperatures go under zero and then it adjusts throughout the day. When you leave at 10am with -3 degrees and you finish your ride at 2pm at 6 degrees, there will be no need to dress or undress, so that makes it super comfortable. On top of that, it still maintains a good aero fit for a winter jacket and it can stand some light rain,” explained Marco Haller.

“When you leave at 10am with -3 degrees and you finish your ride at 2pm at 6 degrees, there will be no need to dress or undress”

Teammate Kristoff agrees, saying, “The material is good and warm; it’s the perfect winter jacket. We had some input on being sure that the material quality is good as that’s the key for a good winter jacket.” Kristoff should know – he does much of his training in Norway.

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Kristoff should know – he does much of his training in Norway.

A training ride is far from a ride in the park and the Soft-shell jacket adjusts for high fitness activity when kicked into the training mode, or just providing a good level of warmth when heading out on a mid-afternoon ride. The fabric technology allows for warmth without being bulky and cumbersome on the bike.

Regardless of how ‘fashion conscious’ you might think you are, we all want to look good and make a favorable impression to our friends and the world. This jacket makes a bold statement in Sangre and the deep, rich color goes with the Team KATUSHA team kit, of course, but also plenty of other dark winter shades, yet still affords clear visibility while on the road. The details include an ergonomic reflective line across the shoulders, a full center zip with reflective stripes and chin guard, and three back pockets for storing snacks and a phone, all with another reflective line below for increased visibility.

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You’ll stay warm, you’ll stay dry and you’ll look good, too.