I always really enjoy seeing collaborations between pro cyclists and cycling kit companies, and today I’ve got three very different kits, with Tiffany Cromwell and Emma Johansson representing the road, and Anna Meares the track.
I’ve made no secret about the fact I loved Velocio Apparel, the cycling kit company set up by women’s cycling icon Kristy Scrymgeour, and one of the things that’s really made me smile is their collaboration with bike riders. I loved Helen Wyman’s winter-weather thermal kit (now available for men, too), and now I love Tiffany Cromwell‘s lightweight, gorgeous Origami kit.
Cromwell is a huge fan-favourite, as much for her gutsy, “never say die” road racing as for her quirky social media presence (follow her twitter and instagram!), and exceptional photobombing/posing skills, and as fans know, she’s always combined fashion & bike clothing design with her riding career.
This kit seems so typically Cromwell – combining a bright, breezy, eye-catching design that genuinely made me smile with practical touches like the reflective details on the shirt. There’s the ultra-light jersey that makes me dream about summer, and the matching bib shorts with the origami border, both for women and men. Click through for more (I love their helpful sizing information, and free worldwide shipping on orders over $100 – remember, if you’re ordering from the UK, to do everything you can to avoid the extortionate extra customs payments) and read their Q&A with Cromwell about the collaboration.
Olympic Sprint champion Anna Meares was the first rider in Santini’s Signature Series, and since she launched the range at last year’s Tour Down Under, it’s grown since then, with jerseys in men’s and women’s cuts, and women’s jackets and shorts – the full range is here. You can buy these directly from Santini, or check out your favourite online retailer in your country (just google “Anna Meares Santini” + your country if you’re finding it hard).
There’s more information about how the collaboration happened on Santini’s site, including a video with the always-adorable Meares talking about the kit – and to find out about Meares’ remarkable career, read her autobiography!
Earlier in the year, Craft Sportwear announced a collaboration with four elite athletes for their HERO range, where their Active Extreme baselayer was co-designed by skier Charlotte Kalla, kayaker René Poulsen, and superstar cyclists Simon Gerrans and Emma Johansson. They’re four very different designs, and I love that summer-sky blue of Johansson’s jersey, which is exactly what I want to think about when I put on a baselayer. Click through to those links to see the specifications, and the excellent sizing charts – and if you want to buy one (or four!) then you can get to Craft’s country-specific shops via their brand site, or if you google something like “Craft Women’s Active Extreme Emma Johansson” you should find all kinds of online retailers (here’s my UK search).
If you’re looking for more cyclist-linked kit (maybe you want to give your loved ones a last-minute Christmas/Solstice/late Hanukkah present, or hint!) here are more cyclist-linked kits from 2015:
- Helen Wyman’s Velocio collaboration (for women & men)
- Iris Slappendel’s Milltag collaboration (women only)
- 2015 women’s pro team kits
- Chris Hoy’s collaboration with Vulpine (women & men)
For more cycling-themed gifts & stuff, check out my Shopping category – and as always, I don’t benefit from sharing these details – well, except for that warm, fuzzy glow of happiness, if I can put people in touch with new cycling products they love! Happy shopping!