First Look | Wild Rye Clothing – for women in the mountains

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From Impact Sun Valley in Idaho, Hannah brings us a look at Wild Rye, a brand making mountain bike and ski clothing for women.

When Cassie Abel started Wild Rye, she did so because she wanted functional and attractive clothing for riding mountain bikes and a more welcoming brand experience for women. As a brand producing mountain bike and ski clothing exclusively for women, she makes an effort to support other women in the industry, thinking it’s important to build capacity and opportunity within the outdoor industry.

Wild Rye Impact Sun Valley
The stand at Outerbike, Idaho.

The clothing appears fairly simple and clean, without an excess of embellishments. The clothing on display had the feel of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ – just enough for there to be choice, but not so much that you’re overwhelmed. Indeed, she’s already sold out of the llama print Freel shorts in my size (darn, I liked those llamas). Base layers are produced on a two year cycle, so the current cheese plant leaf pattern will be available for a while yet.

Wild Rye Freel Short

  • Price: $119
Freel shorts Wild Rye
Freel shorts. Grabe the patterns before they go!
We need more llamas.

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Hannah’s travel and accommodation was provided by CrankTank/Impact Sun Valley.

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (2)

    If they’re still going Bundlebox will give you a ZIP code and US postal address for ordering US only stuff. They also assist with the duty stuff for shipping.

    These designs make me realise how poor most men’s and women’s riding clothing is.
    I don’t like the default huge logo on three choices of loud contrasting background colours….

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