Apparel specialist PEdAL ED has launched its new Odyssey Collection, created for off-road endurance racing and bike-packing cyclists. The company adds that the collection combines versatile designs and high visibility details with innovative fabrics.
Developed through long-term collaborations with competitors in Europe’s Transcontinental Race and participants in last year’s inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan, the range includes: Jersey, Bib Shorts, Jacket, Vest and Socks, all available in a range of sizes from XS to XL.
The Odyssey Jersey has reflective elements on the back, arms and rear pockets for visibility when riding in low-light and dark conditions. The jersey is claimed to be the first to feature seven pockets –for safely stowing specific equipment and ease of access – two lateral pockets and on the rear a zipped pocket for valuables, three cargo pockets and a mesh pocket, for keeping wet garments separate.
The Odyssey Bib Shorts provide long-range riders with a blend of practicality and comfort. The bib shorts feature laser-cut suspenders, which provide increased comfort through a flatter fit, closer to the body. Complementing the practical and accessible storage provided by the Odyssey Jersey, the bib shorts are equipped with five further pockets, to store a multitude of items.
The leg pockets can be used for food storage, or small items such as a payment card, when stopping to retrieve items from luggage is impractical.
The Odyssey Jacket combines lightweight fabric and breathability with fully-taped seams, and ensures water resistance to 10,000 w/c (light pressure). It has an additional detachable back panel, in case of heavy rain. It features a big reflective logo print, increasing visibility in changing light conditions. The front full-length zip angles to the side of the chin for increased comfort and to enable easier adjustment when required.
The jacket’s internal pocket can be turned into a self-packing pouch. This is for easy storage in a jersey pocket when weather conditions change. It also features a zipped side compartment to keep valuables safe and accessible.
The Odyssey Vest has a reflective print that is inspired by the Japanese staple of rice, while the back mesh panels with reflective overlay match the reflective elements of the Odyssey Jersey. The vest incorporates a front zipped pocket for valuables and can be packed into an inside mesh elasticated compartment for storage.
Completing the Odyssey Collection are Silk and Merino Wool-mix Italian Socks. These are made of a special blend of 45% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 35% Polyamide, 5% Reflect Nylon and 5% Elastane to ‘guarantee superior comfort during long rides’.
Odyssey Socks help to ensure optimum temperature control, moisture-wicking, odour-resistance and a soft touch, whether riding on warm summer or cooler autumn rides. In line with the focus on visibility throughout the whole range, the Odyssey Socks feature a reflective stripe on the rear.
Jacopo Porreca, PEdAL ED Brand Manager said “We are delighted to launch our new collection specially designed for off-road and adventure cyclists. Our experience working with riders who have taken part in both the Transcontinental and Silk Road Mountain Races, has given us valuable insights into their specific riding and racing requirements.
“These relationships have enabled our research and design teams to develop the most innovative fabric for sensitive skin, providing riders reassurance that their clothing will provide optimum performance and comfort, even when taking on the extreme challenges of the Transcontinental Race, or the harsh, changeable conditions in the beautiful landscapes of the Silk Road Mountain Race.”
Odyssey Collection apparel, SRP: in Euros, US Dollars & GB Pounds
Jersey: €145; US$165; £125
Bibshorts: €170; US$190; £145
Jacket: €260; US$295; £225
Vest: €120; US$135; £105
Socks: €30; US$35; £25