Covet: Four Women’s Cycling Jackets

Fall Cycling

With fall weather comes wetter days, chillier winds and the need to add an extra layer when cycling around town.

I recently viewed a few men’s cycling jackets that look just as good on or off of your bicycle. Today, it’s time to see what’s available for women:

The Portland jacket by Showers Pass has a reflective rear flap that adds extra visibility at night yet folds away when you no longer need it. With pit-zips and adjustable cuffs, the Portland is ready for unpredictable fall weather. Available at MEC.

Alberta-based Riyoko (meaning “to travel” in Japanese) offers their Riding Blazer, a windproof, water-resistant jacket with vents for warmer days and enough pockets for whatever you need on hand. More information about the 100% Canadian made jackets here.

Toronto-based Modrobes offers the longer trench-style Ryding Jacket made from recycled water bottles. A generous hood and vented back help you keep your cool when the winds start blowing and the rain starts falling. Available at Modrobes.

From the slim fit to the high neck, Nau’s Shroud of Purrin Jacket brings styling rarely seen in the world of “soft shells.” Learn more about this jacket made from recycled plastics at Nau.

Have you tried any of these jackets? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

Fall photo via the BikingToronto Flickr Pool

Covet: Wax Jacket and Bike to Work Pants from San Fran’s Betabrand

betabrand wax jacket

Bike to Work Pant Betabrand

San Francisco-based Betabrand are just a small part of the growing clothing companies who are creating “casual-functional” cycling clothing.

Their Wax Jacket has a slim motorcycle jacket fit. Waxed cotton is an “old-timey” outdoor fabric that appears to be having a little renaissance in the cycling community. The Wax Jacket also features reflective piping along the zippers for added nighttime visibility.

The Bike to Work pants are simple khakis with hidden reflective striping inside of each leg and within the two back pockets. Say what you will about letting your back pockets flap in the wind, but the reflective leg stitching is quite useful.

For more info about Betabrand head over to their web site. Be sure to check out their Cordarounds, a corduroy pant with a twist, horizontal wales.

And hey, why not watch this short video featuring the Bike to Work pants:

Covet: PAC Designs Bags

I’ll admit, I’m pretty new to the Toronto cycling scene. I’ve never been a courier and when I first started commuting (way up to the middle of nowhere) I rarely encountered other cyclists.

Now that I’m living closer to downtown and cycling all over the city I can certainly understand the demand for quality cycling bags. I’ve already written about Under the Weather, Push the Envelope and Mariclaro bags, all made in Toronto. Well, add to this list PAC Designs, while not made in Toronto their design was introduced here back in the mid-1990s and they remain in Ontario.

It’s fantastic to see so many bag manufacturers growing from and around the Toronto cycling scene.

For more info on PAC Designs, go here.

Covet: Men’s Cycling Jackets

Maybe it’s because I’m too big a fan of Mad Men, or maybe it’s because working from home means I get too much wear out of my t-shirts and jeans, but seeing big labels make jackets with cycling style really has me longing for more reasons to “suit up.”

J. Lindeberg recently introduced the “Dreyden” blazer with technical mesh to wick away sweat and reflective striping hidden under the collar (see above).

Rapha’s Tailored Jacket features a back pocket and fabric that repels dirt and water:

Another option is the Shroud of Purrin blazer from Nau featuring a wind and water resistant fabric and new soft lining:

J. Lindeberg photo via Style Salvage
Rapha photo via Rapha
Nau photo via Nau

Covet: SHIFTY Cycling Clothes That Don’t Look Like Cycling Clothes

I really like these cycling clothes from Los Angeles. Anyone know of someone doing something like this in Canada?

See Jen Diamond for SHIFTY designs here.

Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls

Discarded bicycle parts become functional everyday items like salt and pepper shakers and serving trays when placed in the hands of Ontario artist Gilbert Vanden Heuvel.

On display and for sale at ShopGirls in Parkdale, these designs allow you to bring your bicycle love indoors, without worrying about getting grease stains on everything.

More items and designs at The reCYCLEr
Or head over to ShopGirls at 1342 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Covet: Repurposed Car Parts and Inner Tubes Become Mariclaro Bags


Way back when I bought my first used car, friends of mine took me to a local scrapyard. We searched for abandoned and forgotten parts to “spruce” up my new ride. Had I had a bit more ingenuity, I may have stripped down the old car seats and removed the seat belts to make beautiful and functional bags.

Thankfully the team at Mariclaro had this fantastic idea and the results are certainly “Covet” worthy.

Cadillac Bags are available here and here.
Lincoln Bags are available here and here.

Now, if car branding and seat upholstery aren’t quite your “bag,” then Mariclaro has something else in the works. Bags made of old inner tubes. Here’s a peek at a bag being assembled and the finished product:


Mariclaro inner tube bag

For more information about Mariclaro visit their web site, their blog, their Etsy shop or their shop at 457 Roncesvalles Ave. (just south of Dundas West) Toronto, ON M6R 2N4

Covet: Handmade Messenger Bags Created Right Here in Toronto

Push the Envelope Classic Messenger BagUnder the Weather Messential Messenger Bag

Did you know that there are not one but two companies crafting handmade messenger bags in Toronto (possibly more)?

Push the Envelope has been creating distinctive messenger bags since 1995.

Under the Weather was started in Amsterdam in 2000, relocating to Toronto in 2001.

Two exciting messenger bag brands that call Toronto home!

Visit the Push the Envelope web site here.
Visit the Under the Weather web site here.

Know of a great product you think is “Covet” worthy? Send your suggestions to: duncan [dot] bikingtoronto [at] gmail [dot] com

Covet: Janet Bike Girl’s Fabric Stencil Bicycle Art

VELOBiciclettaFabric Patches available at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada

See more of Janet Bike Girl’s work here.
Purchase a patch or two at The Gladstone Hotel front desk.

Via BikeLaneDiary

Covet: Bixi The Extraterrestrial


Great shirt from Chic Moustache in Montreal.