As the curtain comes down on what has been a surprisingly sunny summer in the UK, thoughts turn to crisp autumnal rides, deep winter adventures and the beverage-fuelled comfort of the mid-ride stop. Of course, the right apparel for cool to cold cycling conditions is a must, so we are pleased to introduce Etxeondo’s Winter AW13 collection, which brings with it new colours of proven rider favourites, and some completely new pieces which look destined to become stand-out products.
First up, what is a key product for many – the winter cycling glove. With experience garnered from long years clothing riders such as Indurain and Delgado, and more recently the Belkin Pro Tour outfit, Etxeondo have introduced two new gloves, the Etxe autumnal, and Gor winter models. Sporting Gore Windproof materials, the new gloves allow great finger dexterity whilst protecting against the elements. A stand-out feature of the Etxe is the pull out lobster grip cover offering a secondary wind stopper layer – a real bonus for sudden temperature drops or fast descents.
Another keen area of interest for road and trail riders is long sleeve jerseys. Ideal for cool outings paired with a baselayer like the new Labur sleeveless, Etxeondo have for this season, introduced the Mutil Jersey. Sporting a full length zip, warming Comfort fabric and 3 deep rear pockets for stowing on-the-go snacks and supplies, the Mutil is an ideal cycling jersey for cool condition cycling.
Cycling Jackets-wise, and for 2013/14, Etxeondo have introduced a red colour of the range-topping deep winter Summun Jacket, and a completely new product in the Lodi Windproof Jacket. Spring/Autumn specific, this jacket-lite outer layer makes a great pairing with one of the Spanish brand’s winter base layers – we’d suggest the warming, long-sleeve ILuna as a good start! Seasonal stalwarts like the Lerro, Estalki and wet-weather hero the Competition, remain.
Etxeondo, as you may well know, hail from the Basque region of Spain, an area where temperatures frequently take an almighty dip and the roads are often dusted with mid-winter snow in the colder months. From living and riding in an area with challenging and changeable conditions, Etxeondo have a pretty good idea about how to make a great bib tight for cold conditions. For 2013/14 – the Ordago Bib Tight makes an appearance. At the top of the range, and furnished with not only high-end fabrics but keen attention to detail, this mighty tight would make a great pairing with the aforementioned Summun Jacket for an ultimate deep-cold setup. For the majority of riders though, a good autumn/spring bib tight is a cycling mainstay, seasons the new Buelta Bib Tight is well-designed for.
Whether you are new to road cycling and Etxeondo, or an experienced hand looking for European made kit with a fine road pedigree, this venerated Spanish brand is well worth your consideration. If you do have any questions, from sizing to delivery, or require a few tailored product recommendations, then please don’t hesitate to email us.