There’s been plenty of new clothing for 2017.
Inov-8 updated many pieces, improving fabrics and the fit, which has produced an enviable range.
Patagonia continue to do what they do best, with recycled materials and ethics beyond compare. Their range throughout 2017 has been practical, colourful and comfortable, with the benefit of knowing that the quality and finish are virtually unsurpassed.
Scott revealed a race kit range made of super lightweight fabric and bonded hems, which tied together their entire race collection with a bold black&yellow theme throughout. From footwear to equipment, they designed everything to look good on its own, but amazing when worn as an outfit, as perfectly demonstrated by Scott supported athletes (including a few of our very own) across the globe.
So without further delay, let’s see which items in particular caught our attention and review the contenders for Accelerate’s Clothing ‘Best in Test 2017’…
2017 saw Scott unveiling their official race kit, after a season of international racing by their top sponsored athletes. the kit they wore to victory on the world trail scene, suddenly became available off the shelf. And it flew. Accelerate were lucky enough to receive a range of such outfits, some shor/minimal, some slightly more substantial and suited to training as well as flat out racing. All were cleverly body mapped and minimal in weight, but with intelligent welded hems that maintained the shape and fit by subtly pulling the garments back to form when bounced or shaken. the result when on….you don’t know you’re wearing them!
Flat out – some of the finest running apparel we’ve ever come across – at an affordable price.
– 4 way stretch fabric
– Highlighted, bonded, seamless hem
– Zippered back pocket
– Integrated drawcord at the waistband
– Comfortable inner brief
freedom and moisture management encapsulated in a race vest for those in search of ultra light fabric,with a dlicate feel, but high performance under harsh conditions. Once again part of their Black&Yellow collection, with all the qualities you’d associate with world class athletes, available to the everyday runner who likes the finer things.
– Lightweight fabric
– Highlighted, bonded, seamless hem
– Ergonomic Cut
– Flatlock seams
– Reflective detailing
despite several recent attempts to reinvent their jacket range, inov-8 hit their stride this time around with a ver exciting waterproof that could really deliver on the fells, but will happily suit those who take on their local 5k road loop come rain or shine.
– Lightweight & waterproof 150g – 175g
– Pertex Shield Supersoft Fabric
– 20,000 Hydrostatic Head waterproof 20,000 B-1 Breahtability
– Full length zip AquaGuard zip with internal storm flap
– Packs away inside its own pocket
A proven winner all year round, taking the chill off those early starts or late visits, especially compact – being designed to fit inside the pocket on Patagonia’s corresponding shorts!
– Updated for 2017
– Lighter than ever at 102g!
– 100% Nylon Ripstop construction with DWR finish
– Zippered chest pocket hat doubles as stuff sac
– Hood adjustment
And so – to the winner…….
inov-8 take the honours, with what we all agree (across the entire Accelerate/APC team), is the best jacket they’ve ever produced. And what a jacket it is.
Pertex Shield, employed to perfection, allowing breathability like never before in an inov-8 outer shell. Fully waterproof, taped seams – meaning ‘race legal’ when considering participation in events. Seriously though, it’s the daily usage that will make or break a jacket and this is where we’ve seen the largest difference. The Stormshell is now only 175g in weight, a good 53g lighter than Montane’s Minimus (previously our goto jacket and still a very close 2nd). It features a much quieter texture when on the move, eliminating a lot of the familiar ‘swoosh’ noise that the sleeves can produce when worn. The ‘crisp packet’ crinkle has also been eradicated, offering a ‘brushed’ feel against the skin. Elasticated wrists with optional thumb loops and an adjustable hood. Chest pocket is the topper. We even like the colour choice. So when all said and done, this is the jacket which in 2018 is going to prove rewarding for those who took the plunge.
We’ve all had ‘boil in the bag’ jackets that cause so much perspiration it’s like facing the choice between dehydration or hypothermia, but this inov-8 Stormshell allows for comfortable usage in all but warm weather and an easy to carry ‘just in case’ layer for those who desire to race or train with unburdened confidence.