British outdoor brand RAB aims to enter the off-road bike market in SS23. At the recent International Sales Meeting, Rab successfully introduced its first Cinder off-road bike collection to the sales teams as 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 outstanding protection and comfort on any bike ride. The range features hardshells that keep riders fully protected but allow their skin to breathe and layers that work in harmony to regulate microclimate at a molecular level. Further, designs with body mapped materials balance protection and freedom of movement, keeping riders comfortable in any conditions.
The Cinder Phantom Jacket for men and women is promoted as ‘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 combination 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 dressing for the outdoors, Proflex is claimed to be ‘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 its world-wide standard for quality and innovation, this chamois is built to last whatever the distance.
The new Rab Cinder off-road bike collection will be on sale in selected stores by Spring 2023.