Royal Racing 2013

Apparel Interbike

Royal Racing has some new products for 2013, but one of the big things is a more subdued set of color and graphics, in what they call, a return to their classic roots. They have some new shorts, jerseys, gloves, jackets, a women’s and youth series, and they have expanded their casual attire. Royal Racing was started in 2000 by riding legend Steve Peat and designer Nick Bayliss, and they offer no compromise gear for downhill, freeride and trail riding.

The Big Mountain Turbulence jersey, gets a short- sleeve version (Gray jersey) this year, and it has all the features of its brethren, including 4 way stretch main body, 2 way stretch mesh panels and a Lycra collar.

The Drift Ride (Green jersey and shorts), gets some subtle color changes, their new soft General Issue Plus fabric and comes in Electric Blue, Olive Green/Dark Green and Ash/Black, in XS-XXL sizes.

The Signature shorts were my favorite piece of apparel of their 2013 lineup. They are cut long with a great amount of stretch for maximum comfort, and the material seemed durable, yet soft and light. The short is meant for AM riding, and uses the same tough material as their MW365 short, and it uses a DWR coating for additional moisture manager properties. They feature two-hand pockets, waterproof stash pocket, non-rattling snap zippers, dual Velcro waist adjusters, strategically place directional stretch paneling and a padded chamois. It comes in Black and Olive Green, in XS-XXL sizes.

I am looking forward to trying these shorts out. They have also improved their chamois liners, and have added silicone grippers and redone the construction methods.

The Turbulence Glove is a premium full fingered glove, that is lightweight, ventilated, and offers good back protection, with a tough palm that is still thin enough to give a good tactile feel. The glove features memory foam, TPR trims and cuff closure, single layer 2 way stretch palm, silicon finger tips, touch screen compatible forefinger, mesh back for ventilation and suede thumb for swiping boldly fluids (sweat, etc.). It seems like everyone is adding a touch screen system to their gloves, which definitely makes using a smartphone quicker, meaning no need to remove your gloves. The Royal Racing cuff closure system is excellent, and from my own first-hand experience, it’s durable and easy to use. This glove looks like an excellent addition to their arsenal. It comes in White, Black and Electric Blue, in XS-XXL sizes.

The Race jersey and shorts got a huge color, and graphics change, and they returned to their simple bread and butter pattern, and come in subdued Red, Black and Blue, in S to XXL sizes. The jersey utilizes a high performance airflow mesh, which is lightweight and offers superior ventilation and breathability, with low drag and a nice feel against the skin. The shorts have a redesigned fit to be more pedaling friendly, and they went to a lightweight 500D polyester fabric for the body, with better airflow with minimum drag.

The classic MTB Victory gloves get a facelift this coming year. The breathable and lightweight glove features Airpene, 4 way stretch and dimple mesh on the back of hands, fiber thumb wipe, Velcro cuff closure system and 0.8 mm leather palm. It comes in Red, Electric Blue, Black and Green, in XS to XXL sizes.

The DH/AM sock uses Outlast dynamic temperature regulation (developed by NASA), and features a 230mm rise, ankle stabilizer, cushioning in high-impact areas, reinforced heel, thicker arch support, and contoured ‘Y’ heel for better comfort. In a nutshell,  the Outlast technology utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort. The socks come in S/M and L/XL sizes.

They added some new colors to the Matrix Jacket, which is their full on breathable and waterproof jacket, and it has a hood that can go up and over a helmet. It comes in Black and Electric Pinstripes, in XS-XXL sizes.

The new Fragment Ride 3/4 sleeve jersey is a perfect piece of apparel when you like a bit more of a casual styling. It uses their general issue plus fabric, has fun graphics, and the neck seam is taped for comfort. It comes in Red and Black, in XS-XXL sizes. The Slice, AM and Fragment Ride series of jerseys all get the new General Issue Plus material, which is softer than the normal General Issue and has improved moisture management.

The casual Cutter Hoody Shirt is a great versatile piece of apparel, which is a shirt and a jacket. The 100% cotton jacket uses a DWR coating for water resistance, has snap buttons, and a wild plain pattern. It’s lightweight and packable, and will keep you dry if you get caught out in a rainstorm. It comes in Black and Royal blue, in XS-XXL sizes.

The new Domain Pant gets the same great features as the Domain shorts, but they come in a long pant design. They look like normal denim, but use a more performance technical fabric that is comprised of Canopy Denim polyester, that is waterproof and breathable. It features suede trims, a loose fit for wearing knees and shin armor, internal waist adjuster and a mesh liner. It comes in Black in XS-XXL sizes.

They have added a women’s series for this coming year, including gloves, jerseys and shorts. They have the mid-level Cruiser jersey and shorts (White and Black), and the all day Concept jersey and shorts (Blue and Black). The lightweight and robust Tybyn glove comes in Red, Turquoise and Black, in XS-L sizes.

In addition, they also have a Youth Series, so they took some of the top-selling adult models, and tweaked them for kids.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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