The design brief for both the Stratos Bibshort and Jersey, now in their 3rd iteration, has always been simple and straightforward. Make the ideal climbers outfit.
In order to do this, we had to find the balance between light weight, UV protection and body temperature control. For climbers, weight is a critical criterium. Next to that, you have to be protected from the elements.
The big difference between this bibshort lies in the fabric we’ve used, Aquaracer. This multidimensionally elastic fabric is naturally stretched in every direction, for a maximum freedom of movement. A gentle retention mechanism creates an extraordinary and particularly effective second skin effect. Aquaracer is UV protective (factor 50) The tight weaving, combined with a hydrophilic treatment from the inside and a water repellent treatment from the outside, makes this fabric an ideal material to protect against wind and humidity.
This reduces the wind chill factor substantially. As a consequence, this jersey is verily breathable during climbs, and gives you a natural wind protection during descents.
The Netz bibs, together with wide elastic Powerband leg cuffs, keep everything into place.
The Vapor Men pad is part of our newest generation of pads, and it’s a big step forward in terms of breathability and damping. Main research question during development was: how can we improve the damping needed to cope with the stiffness of carbon bikes without adding more material to the pad? The result: Vapor Technology.
The pad materials consist of a friction reducing, breathable top layer. 2 middle layers provide breathability and moisture transport. The main layer is where the magic happens. We use Evapore, which is a 3D webbing with better damping qualities. When put under stress, Evapore changes into a rubberized state, so even when it’s compressed to the maximum, it still provides damping. Moreover, this material is hydrophobic, meaning it transports perspiration. The pad remains dry at all times.
The benefits are obvious.
The pad remains compact.
Lower center of gravity on the saddle, more control of your bike.
Stability on the saddle is improved.
Better power transfer, less bulk.
More support with only 30% of the material.
Aerodynamics based cut
Aquaracer main material
Form fitting Netz bibs
Vapor Men pad
Wide elastic powerband leg cuff