The second instalment of Sharon’s round up of what’s new in women’s bike wear, featuring Five Ten, Scott, LIV and Race Face…
Five Ten’s New Arrival!
There has been much excitement here for the unveiling of the first women specific Freerider shoes. Two great looks; one in charcoal grey trimmed with suede with a reddy-pink sole, the other in a lighter grey canvas, lined in turquoise.
Designed on a narrower last than the men’s version, they should give better stability to the footbed and the heel; a lower cut out at the ankle is also more suited to the female foot. Word is that they will be ready for general release spring/summer 2015.
Scott’s Trail Woman Range
New for 2015 is the Scott Trail hooded Insulator jacket. A water repellant DRYzone, DWR outer layer with Primaloft quilted lining. Available in three colours, this packs down small enough to be practical for post ride cosiness.
Again with weather protection and packability in mind, here are the Trail Woman Rainshorts. The light DRYOsphere fabric claims waterproofing, windproofing and breathability without bulk. A handy small storage pouch comes with them.
For full-on protection from the elements the Gore-Tex Trail Woman Active Shell caught my eye. The design of the wrist cuff now incorporates an elastic/Velcro combo, which provides improved protection and a neat solution to water seepage in the worst downpour.
LIV Official Launch
World class female cyclists Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Jolander Neff were on hand signing autographs at the official global introduction of LIV, the new women’s cycle brand from Giant.
First introduced in Asia, this new female orientated company is committed to making cycling more accessible to women and aims to inspire more women from all around the world to ride a bike. It sees cycling as a way to empower women from all cultures and allows them to share the freedom.
Race Face Update
Race Face are marking the success of the women’s Khyber range by introducing a couple of new colourways to the popular shorts design for 2015.
On the jacket front, there are no women-specific products in the pipeline, though the men’s Team Chute waterproof maintains its appeal for both sexes.
The new colour also accents the new lifestyle hoody.
There’s more coming in part three. For all of our Eurobike coverage, click here.