Before we go on, I’ll admit, it took me a couple of reads of this press release to get what was going on. We think it is probably one of those things that is easier shown in the flesh than it is described. Anyway, posh clothing brand 7mesh has announced a new line of jerseys/bottoms that are designed to be better able to carry equipment and supplies. It claims that it does this without compromising fit or too much sagging either. We’ve all been there with jersey pockets round the back of our knees once arm warmers, tools, a pump, food, waterproof etc have been stuffed in.
As you have probably gathered, 7mesh has decided to call this the Anything System. It describes it as a “whole new way to carry equipment and supplies on jerseys, bibs, and shorts”. The system is featured on a wide range of the company’s clothing, giving a modular approach to where you can stow ride essentials “with complete security and organisation”.
First up, the Anything Panel provides jerseys with five, floating rear pockets that hold their shape without sagging or compromising fit. This distinctly untraditional approach to traditional pocket execution is constructed from a stretch woven fabric and floats freely from the jersey allowing for maximum pocket capacity without compromising shape or fit when loaded.
Along with three traditional top-entry pockets, the Anything Panel also features two zippered side- entry pockets which run the full width of the panel. These are arranged in a 70/30 split to secure everything from phones and valuables in the smaller pocket all the way to items of clothing in the larger.
New MK3 and WK3 Cargo Bib Shorts expand the range of carry options with easy access leg pockets for essentials, and integrated rear pockets which can be used in place of jersey storage to allow for non-traditional cycling jerseys or to add to the cargo capacity of frame bags.
On the trails, MTB and gravel riders can expand their carrying capacity using front pockets and 7mesh signature phone pockets on the thigh of Glidepath Shorts and cargo pockets on the new Foundation Bib Short liner.
There’s maybe nothing here that is completely new – the likes of Rapha have been doing cargo pockets on the legs of shorts for a little while, and a good few companies now offer rear pockets on their lycra shorts. But, it’s good to see other companies taking this up as an option. We’ve been won over by cargo pockets in particular.
The new Anything Panel also gave the designers at 7mesh the opportunity to rethink reflectivity and visibility while adding visual interest to the jerseys. The panel is sublimated with a gradient graphic which is unique to each colour and style, then printed with a full light-activated reflective treatment which reboots conventional ideas of visibility.
The full collection is available to see at www.7mesh.com.