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Stuff We Like: Kitsbow Jersey

by Jason Van Horn on February 1, 2013

in Clothing, Stuff we like

There is something about this uber-high end jersey from local MTB clothing start-up Kitsbow that strikes a chord in us. It could be our obsession with merino wool, or the trim but not skin-tight fit. Or maybe because it’s the jersey a young mountain biking Han Solo would choose to rock while buzzing through the forests of Endor.

Quilted shoulder and elbow pads? Dig it. Smartly placed hydration pack friendly pockets on the side? Nice. Dropped tail? Of course. Abrasion resistant cordura outer layer? For this price I’d be pretty mad if my pack snagged it- something all my other jerseys suffer from. The drawback is the price point which is bound to offer sticker shock not unlike a good slap to the face. At $327.00, you’ll only be seeing this jersey on our trail riding 1%ers. Still, if cost wasn’t a factor, this jersey would already be in my closet next to my favorite merino base layer and hoodie.

The initial catalog contains minimal product offerings currently, (basically one full kit- socks to come?) but also offer a nice looking take on the all mountain / trail short. However, although I love the silhouette on the shorts, I’m not crazy about the buy-the-perfect size philosophy. For this much cash, I want a pair of shorts that I can adjust and not have to worry about sliding down when I’m back to trimmed down mode during the riding season. Perhaps the guys at Kitsbow are good about keeping the same weight year round, but have a feeling I speak for many of us when I say that’s not quite realistic. Still, this bunch is blazing their own path, and it should be interesting to see what they come up with next.

Check it out: Kitsbow

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henrik February 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am sorry, but this is just totally over the top pretentious rider apparel here. Sure, I applaud them for coming out with something only highly paid execs are going to wear… I suppose they need something to tuck their 15K Vertu into. But come on, lets be real here, no one is going to actually buy this stuff and ride in it. I bet by next year they will have faded out of business.

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jasonvh February 9, 2013 at 4:49 am

I agree with you- even if it was $100 less, folks would still complain about the price. That doesn’t mean we don’t think it is a great looking piece though.

Having spent some time in the clothing industry, making gear like this isn’t cheap; although the price point is hard to swallow unless you’re part of the MTB riding 1%, it is cool to see someone take a crack at creating no-holds-barred stuff they want to wear— even if most of us will never be able to justify the price.

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Dax March 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I could see paying $199. Over 3 bills is pushing it though.

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