Royal Racing 2013 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on October 5, 2012

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 roots. They have some new shorts, jerseys, gloves, jackets, a
women’s and youth series, and they have expanded their casual attire.

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, 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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