Sea Otter: Technical, practical and fashionable apparel

Head-turning styles, cool features, and ride-all-day (and beyond) comfort

Apparel Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

A round-up of apparel at Sea Otter.

A round-up of apparel at Sea Otter (click to enlarge).

Whether you’re on the road or on the trail, the clothing you choose has got to do more than just look good. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for apparel that goes the extra mile with hidden details, exceptional cut, and technical fabrics. Here are some head-turning threads spotted at the Sea Otter Classic that could be a welcome addition to your next ride.

On The Trail Clothing
The RaceFace Stash Tank (in men’s and women’s) holds tools, snacks, water, and can ever help keep you cool with a hydra pack against your back.

The Race Face Stash Tank (in men’s and women’s) holds tools, snacks, water, and can ever help keep you cool with a hydra pack against your back (click to enlarge).

Race Face Stash Tank

Sometimes a pack feels like overkill if you’re only going out for a little while. That’s why companies such as Race Face have come up with solutions you can wear under your riding clothes to carry everything you need without the bulk. RaceFace’s Stash Tank can hold up to a 1.5-liter hydration pack and boasts three unfixed cargo pockets for tools and snacks. They’re free to move with you, and fit over your shorts if needed.

MSRP: $55
More info: raceface.com

The Sombrio Silhouette Riding Shirt looks great and can easily take you from trail to tavern.

The Sombrio Silhouette Riding Shirt looks great and can easily take you from trail to tavern (click to enlarge).

Sombrio Silhouette Riding Shirt

We like this women’s button up for its casual appearance, and love it for its hidden features. Red plaid is timeless and always makes a statement, especially in custom stretch fabric. Sombrio backs up the Silhouette Riding Shirt with features like reinforced elbows and snaps, vented underarms, and a hidden stash pouch in the rear that just happens to be big enough to fit a can of … Coke.

MSRP: $99
More info: sombriocartel.com

These wild shorts were hard to miss: The Troy Lee Designs Speeda, in his and hers (on none other than TLD athlete and former world champion, Leigh Donovan).

These wild shorts were hard to miss: The Troy Lee Designs Speeda, in his and hers (on none other than TLD athlete and former world champion, Leigh Donovan) (click to enlarge).

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short Speeda Flo

The Troy Lee Designs Speeda collection gives expensive feel at an affordable price. Get a perfect fit with micro adjusters at the hips, and bring these out for a day on the lifts, or pedaling XC. If neon cheetah print isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can get the same great fit and performance in more subdued hues as well.

MSRP: $75
More info: troyleedesigns.com

The ZOIC booth was a happening spot with great gear on sale—including the Nikki jersey—jumbo Jenga, and hula hoops.

The ZOIC booth was a happening spot with great gear on sale—including the Nikki jersey—jumbo Jenga, and hula hoops (click to enlarge).

ZOIC Nikki Jersey

Known for its great fit and fun sense of style, ZOIC just launched their spring 2015 collection infused with popular colors including this rosy pink as well as the season’s very popular turquoise and purple. The Nikki jersey features metal snap buttons, a handy stash pocket, and attractive detailing on the waist and sleeves.

MSRP: $65
More info: zoic.com

Continue to page 2 to see more apparel, plus a photo gallery »

About the author: Kristen Gross

Kristen Gross loves bikes, all sorts, and above all, XC mountain bikes. She races in the pro category and gets a lot of joy from teaching others the way of the trail as a mountain bike skills instructor—especially women who are just discovering cycling. She is a USAC-certified coach, and she runs her own freelance writing business based in Carlsbad, Calif. You’ll find her either writing or riding, bringing over 10 years experience to both. Why does she ride? To offset her addiction to Coca Cola and Lay’s Potato Chips.


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