Interbike 2014: Weather Protection from Acre

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…and an entry-level jersey too

Is NeoShell what they wear on rainy days in the Matrix?
Is NeoShell what they wear on rainy days in the Matrix?

Though we knew that Acre is the mountain bike-oriented offshoot of the urban-oriented Mission Workshop, it wasn’t until Interbike that we learned that Acre is what founders Bart Kyzar and Mark Falvai had in mind when their first venture – Chrome – was founded.  With the Workshop bopping along quite nicely, they’re free to focus a bit more on mountain biking- and the growing Acre Supply line is the result.

Core protection. With a hood.
Core protection plus hood.

The Acre Supply range is simply no-compromises riding gear, made in North America.  Hailing from San Francisco, the company knows the damp and gray better than most of their California- and Colorado-based competition.  To that end, the Meridian Alpine jacket and Meridian Vest are fully-taped tops built using 96g/m^2 Polartec NeoShell fabric.  Both are mountain bike specific and include hoods that will fit over most helmets.  Pricing for the Vancouver-made tops range from $385-485 (£240-300, though landed prices may be higher).

Snappy details. (They're buttons, but still.)
Snappy details.
(They’re buttons, but still.)

In an attempt to bring more riders into the Acre Supply fold, the Merino wool District Henley will be joined for 2014 by the synthetic District Jersey.  Still with understated looks, lovely details, and North American manufacture, the less-expensive fabric drops the price by nearly half to $78.  The blue shown here was made to gauge reaction – production tops will be available in black, gray, and brown.

They're getting away!
They’re getting away!

Like the rest of the range, the Traverse short wouldn’t look out of place at a trailhead pub.  Cut for cycling, the over-shorts are made from a lightweight, water-repellant stretch fabric.  Bring your own chamois or use Acre’s Padded Riding Short underneath.

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