Why Did Santini Launch An Off-Road Collection?
Cycling is continuously evolving. Although Santini is known mostly as a high-performance road brand, our passion for cycling extends way beyond road cycling. Whether your thing is flowing over rolling singletrack, bombing sketchy downhills, racing circuits in frozen fields, or huffing a bicycle loaded with camping gear across miles of empty gravel roads, we want to be your clothing company. Our new off-road collection is the most recent example of our commitment to whatever your cycling ambitions.
So we did we create an off-road collection? “The idea for an off-road clothing collection came from the fact that we had customers asking for it,” says company Director Monica Santini. “Customers who were getting more involved in off-road cycling. We already had options for mountain bikers and cyclo-cross riders in our 365 collection. We needed more options for travel and adventure riders.”
The Coronavirus pandemic was a driver as well. “Because of the lockdown, we have a lot of new people getting into bikes. Some are unwilling to go on public transportation, or they want to enjoy some outdoor time rather than risk going to the gym. We felt that these newcomers wouldn’t be used to having that kind of very, very tight Lycra we make for the high-end road cyclist. So the idea was to develop a line that was technical, but purpose-built for off-road riding.”
Tear-Resistant Fabric and Pockets, Pockets, Pockets
The line features a number of innovative ideas to support the adventurous among us. One example is our new GRAVEL bib short. “Because of the increased riding on gravel roads, which can mean longer-distances and adventure touring, we gave the GRAVEL bibs our C3 pad (which has a silicone gel core and is made for ultra-distance) and a ribbed Lycra that doesn’t wear so easily.” The GRAVEL bibs also has large pockets on the thighs and two extra mesh storage pockets on the lower back.
Off-road riding means encounters with a prickly and thorny nature, and loaded hydration packs, so durability is the primary feature of most of the collection. “Even though the fabrics on the SASSO and TERRA jerseys feel very thin, they’re tear resistant. The fabric in the SELVA MTB shorts are also Rip Stop.”
This is our first consolidated off-road collection, but it won’t we our last. “We plan to continue to grow the off-road collection,” Monica Santini says. “We’ll also launch a full customizable version of the line soon so that if you want to create your own design or have your team or shop name printed on this collection, you can do that.”
SASSO jerseys – lightweight and simple technical tee shirts. Made with a durable, breathable material, SASSO jerseys feature a round collar for comfort and a lengthened back for extra coverage under a hydration pack.
TERRA jerseys - just because you ride on dirt, doesn’t mean you should compromise race-like performance from your cycling jerseys. Our TERRA jerseys give you a full-length zipper, pockets, and a performance fit just like our high-end road jerseys, they’re just made from a specially-source anti-abrasion fabric so they’ll stand up to the rigors of off-road riding.
GRAVEL jersey - The GRAVEL jersey is engineered with lightweight Melange fabric to ensure supreme breathability and comfort. Body Fit fabric on the neck and sleeves, silicone gripper at the waist, and a triple rear pocket and finished with a reverse-coil coloured zip to perfectly complement the jersey design.
GRAVEL bib shorts - made with Corno’s abrasion-resistant Gabardin fabric GRAVEL bibs feature mesh braces, two mesh pockets on the sides, and two additional storage pockets on the back just below the braces. The legs are finished with elasticated grippers we include our longest-lasting and most durable lightweight performance chamois; the C3.
SELVA shorts - Made in abrasion-resistant stretch fabric with a water-repellent and anti-dirt treatment, SELVA shorts come with Velcro adjustments at the waist for a hassle-free fit and are sized to fit lycra shorts or technical underwear with a chamois underneath.
BOSS thermal cyclocross suit - Complete thermoregulation. Specifically designed for the cold, this cyclocross bodysuit provides full-body protection. Warm, water-resistant and dirt-proof. Made from Blizzard H20 thermofleece which acts as a supreme buffer against the elements. Get an edge on the competition as you sling your bike across your back with the double layer padding on the shoulders.
Long-fingered gloves - When we ride our bikes into the sometimes harsh natural environment, we need extra protection. Santini’s long-finger MTB gloves come with a non-slip silicone print on the palm and fingertips, are made of abrasion-resistant fabric, and have a reflective Santini logo on the wrist for maximum visibility.