Office-ready cycling gear
Fri Dec 18 2009
The product: It’s a conundrum every bike commuter has to face: How do you dress for the elements without looking like a schlub at work? Brooklyn’s Outlier answers the call with locally tailored garments designed to withstand the demands of the road. The OG Winterweight pants ($188) use a dry treatment that works like Scotchgard to protect against rain, slush and Starbucks. The Pivot Sleeve shirt ($120), meanwhile, is a smart button-down retailored to accommodate a broader range of motion than a traditional dress shirt.
The verdict: The slacks have a stretchy quality that felt as good as athletic pants on my ride, but they still fall like dress pants should. With clear skies above, I poured a bottle of water on my leg and watched the liquid bead and slide right off. I loved that the Pivot shirt sleeves didn’t ride up my arm when I leaned forward on my bike, and after the slog up the West Side Highway, I was greeted by several compliments in the office (a rarity, let me tell you). If you want to feel like James Bond—refined, yet ready for anything—order now at outlier.cc. Everything these guys make sells out fast, and for good reason.—Chris Schonberger