Sahara Jacket - perforated Cordura for ultimate warm weather protection
We are proud to introduce our most comfortable jacket yet - the Sahara. Features and other details to follow but for starters here is what it looks like:
Looking great, do you have a picture of the pants to match?
they will be available in perforated and non-perforated versions.
now onto one of my favorite features - the new kidney belt. it does wonders for long-distance comfort.
large panels and stretch fabric ensure a wide range of bellies can be accommodated.
ofcourse its fully removable using two zippers
Kidney belts keep your innards from shaking around and help support your lower back.
It really does help you ride longer with less fatigue. Does wonders for off-road riding thanks to the back support. Also helps to keep the back protector in place. Expect this feature to show up in our other high-end products. Air Shell, Navigator and Power Shell now ship with the feature.
So how perforated is this jacket - how much air can it really flow??? Well - almost all the Cordura panels are perforated
Have a shot of the back?
A full set of (removable) Sas-Tec armor is included. We always provide their top-of-the line CE Level 2 back protector as standard along with the shoulder and elbow protectors. All test results are provided on our website:
The Sas-Tec back protector (an optional upgrade everywhere else)
A look into the suit features:
• Shell is made entirely from perforated authentic Cordura feature amazing air flow
• Large SuperFabric panels for ultimate abrasion resistance
• State of the art Sas-Tec body armor
- Sas-Tec elbow protectors
- Sas-Tec shoulder protectors
- Sas-Tec CE Level 2 back protector
• Multiple pockets
- Two waterproof pockets on the front
- Hand warmer pockets
- Chest pocket
- Large waterproof backpack style pocket
- Clear pocket on the arm
- Pouch on lower back for additional storage
• Dual front flap
• Integrated kidney belt (removable)
• Comfortable cuff design that allows you to wear gloves inside or out. The cuff is not bulky so it does not interfere with gauntlet style gloves
• A wide range of adjustability for a tailored fit
- Adjustable collar (that can stowed for increased airflow)
- 3 position bicep adjustment
- 3 position forearm adjustment
- Adjustable waist
• Stretch panels on elbows and shoulders
• Reflective stripes stylishly integrated into the design
• Collar and sleeve are lined with super-soft materials to prevent chaffing
• Two connection zippers
- Short connection zipper for quick attachment /removal
- Full length 360 degree zipper for optimal protection
• Optional thermal liner
Price: $TBD (there will be a special introductory price)
Full custom sizing: $150
Custom color scheme: $100
Looks good; will be on my shortlist for next summer.
Unless your early adopter offer is too good to ignore.
And unless you get the kevlar jacket going first.
Keep the innovative spirit alive - great to see products getting better every year :).
PS I clicked on the Sas-tec link and I noticed that it has expanded and contains more information than your earlier post on the teiz blog. There are now impact measurements for the exact pieces of armor that are used in the jacket. This is very interesting. (I don't understand the color codes on the product images, but I'm guessing these were copy/pasted from some other catalogue and can be ignored.)
I notice that level 2 vs level 1 for the back protector requires halving the residual impact force. I don't quite know what that means in medical terms, but it seems very meaningful and well worth a few extra $$. (Personally I'd be happy to pay for an optional upgrade to full level-2 everywhere.)
Thanks for making this information easy to find.
I notice in your specs that the jacket has an adjustable collar that can be stowed for extra air flow. Does that mean that it will fit a neck brace with the collar removed? This would be a great feature to have, as more and more people are starting to use neck braces.
First of - some detailed pictures
rear view (better shot showing profile coming tmrw)
Arm Adjustment Snaps:
Snap Details - three positions
Waterproof rear pouch (open)
Clear pocket on arm
elbow details showing stretch panel and SuperFabric
Waterproof front pocket (open)
front pocket and the waist adjustment straps
shoulder stretch panels
rear pouch (open)
The pictures also highlight the attention to detail and overall quality of this top-class jacket....
Now to answer some questions
Why the waterproof pockets esp. the one in the back? Considering your stance on waterproofing, it seems odd to purposely block air. They'd only be useful when using an inner liner. Seems the back one is only going to create a sweaty back:cry
Just curious. Looks like a nice jacket:clap
Great looking jacket... Will the large back pocket fit a water bladder? If yes... Can we easily route the hose out of the top of the pocket??
Our stance on waterproofing is unchanged. Even the Navigator jacket, Power Shell & Air Shell have similar pockets. There is so much airflow in this jacket that a little area blocked by the pocket is not making that much of a difference. To ensure airflow is not being limited by much, we have included only one pocket on the chest. The size of the back pocket is not much more than the back protector - again so much airflow around it that it does not have an effect on the ability of the jacket to breathe. However - if you feel that you need more air flow - you can easily snip off the material inside the pocket. some folks have also told us that they fold up the pocket lining instead of snipping it off - so they still have the pocket when they need it. So you do have the versatility there - instead of not having the option at all - without restricting breathability.
So why is the pocket waterproof? Because regardless of how you choose your waterproofing layer, your belongings should stay protected. For e.g water can splash on you or you could be riding through a short shower without rain gear. Keeping your belongs out of the direct airflow protects them from the wind.
To quote WebBikeWorld:
"I'm really pleased that Teiz has chosen to make the pockets waterproof, even though the jacket itself is not. This way, if you’re caught in a brief shower without a rain suit, the contents of the pockets will stay dry. I have a custom ventilated jacket that uses waterproof liners and none of the jacket pockets are waterproof, so I have to keep small plastic bags readily available if I’m going to stow items in the outer pockets and the weather looks wet."
It was after a lot of thought, research, testing and feedback that we can went with this decision. :freaky
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