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Assos releases 2021 Equipe RS winter range based around a £575 jacket

Assos claims that the new kit is a “new benchmark in breathability and weatherproof protection”

Assos has revealed details of its 2021 Equipe RS winter clothing range with a focus on adaptive layering for “changeable conditions.”

2021 Assos Equipe RS Johdah Jacket

The range centres around the Johdah jacket which is designed to be layered with other items in the range, depending on the weather conditions.

The Johdah jacket itself, Assos says, “is made up of ultrathin layers” which Assos claims allows the jacket “to perfectly regulate core temperature during cold races and multi-hour training rides.”

The front panel features a dual-layer design with a “short zippered mid-layer” and Assos’ “3L wind and waterproof Sphere Light textile”. Assos says that the front of the jacket features a “light thermal interior” and they have also added their Diffusor Valves to the front of the shoulders that Assos says draws in air and “injects it between the jacket’s layers of fabric.”

The upper back and forearms get the medium-weight version of the 3L Sphere fabric while the heaviest version of that fabric is saved for the lower back panel.

For changeable riding conditions, Assos says that it has “incorporated a Thermobooster Pod to conveniently stow away the Clima Capsule or Thermobooster Mid Layer" in a compartment built into the upper back panel.

At £575, it is certainly a premium option and if you want to complete the layering system then you’re going to be spending a cool £930.

2021 Assos Equipe RS Thermobooster LS

Should the weather turn properly cold, Assos has the Thermobooster (SS £130 / LS £145), a thermal jersey that comes in short sleeve and long sleeve options that are designed to be worn under the Johdah jacket but over Assos’ Skin Layer.

Assos says that the Thermobooster uses its Osmos Heavy fabric to “expel excess moisture” to keep you dry and comfortable.

The long sleeve option comes with an integrated hood to keep your neck and head cosy. Assos says that the raw cut hem and reversed zipper design ensures that “your complete outfit system remains as streamlined as possible.”

2021 Assos Equipe RS Winter Wet

Should the rain start to fall or the light be fading, Assos says that the Clima Capsule (£210) should be deployed. This shell is windproof and water-repellent with large reflective panels on the front and back of the jacket that are designed to add extra visibility.

2021 Assos Equipe RS Winter

The Equipe RS 2021 winter collection is finished off by the S9 bib tights (£335). These use similar construction methods to the S9 bib shorts with the A-lock straps anchoring low on the back of the tights and wide on the front in an effort to give better bracing that supposedly keeps the chamois in place better.

The tights also get a winter-specific version of the Equipe RS chamois. Assos has simply taken away the kraterCooler ventilation holes, but you still get the goldenGate technology.

The 2021 Equipe RS winter range is available at assos.com

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Yorky-M | 3 years ago
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Designed to keep american plastic surgeons warm in their build up centruy ride (kms) . Available sizes XL to 4XL

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Chougher | 3 years ago
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Same colours as Decathlon stuff, so you can mix and match

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Joe Totale | 3 years ago
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It's a whole heap of money but the Assos stuff I own is the best cycling gear I've used.

I'm hoping that there will be some trickle down of the technologies used here into some of their 'cheaper' products. (I'm aware that the cheapest Assos stuff is still pretty damn expensive!)

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Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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....It's a lot of money for cycling gear - but when you look at the price of some top-end skiing gear - Spyder, Kjus, etc., then you can see the market segment that Assos is targeting. By comparison, most skiers use their equipment for 2-3 weeks a year: this you could wear daily throughout the winter.  

There's also a straight read-across to other cycling equipment. Judging from forum comments, many of us already have or will happily consider wheel upgrades of GBP 1,500 - 2000 for wheels 'just as round' as GBP 500 wheels, but as soon as someone is asking for GPB 500 for a jacket then the comparisons come out.  Assos kit is superb.

I have the GT Mille Ultraz jacket and Bonka tights and nothing else I have compares...I have 2 Airblock jackets that must be over 15 years old and  the stitching still hasn't come undone (Castelli and Rapha take note) - so whilst GBP 500 quid is a lot of money for some, others will pay up...

 

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Rik Mayals unde... replied to Chris Hayes | 3 years ago
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I have some old Assos gear, the top is great, the stitching on the bibtights is a little undone here and there. But the most recent jacket I bought, this summer, the Mille GT long sleeved summer jacket, is poor. The first time I wore it, somehow I got a long pluck on it. I thought it must have been me, but I could not have caught it where it plucked, and after a few times wearing it, there are tiny fluffy white marks on it where the top layer has failed. And I will add that I look after all my stuff, and zip up and turn inside out all my cycling clothing before washing.

When you charge astronomical prices, the quality has to be there. As a certain luxury car maker once said, " The quality remains long after the price has been forgotten." When I think about Assos now, all I think about is 'that fucking shite top I recently bought'

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Chris Hayes replied to Rik Mayals underpants | 3 years ago
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Have to admit, it's only the heavy duty winter stuff I buy from Assos - and summer gloves - I long since came to the conclusion that there isn't much to differentiate one summer SS or LS jersey from another in terms of 'performance' - within reason - and I prefer other brand shorts that come up higher up the waist. As for your jersey: I'd take it back.

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EK Spinner | 3 years ago
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Any colour as long as it's black

Ha Ha, where's the HiViz Yellow that we're all meant to wear  1

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NZ Vegan Rider replied to EK Spinner | 3 years ago
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Perhaps they have an incentive to have customers killed off ;-(

 

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rtw | 3 years ago
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May I suggest that if you think 'wow, that's way too much money' you aren't the market. I think the same about skiing stuff, but this sort of money for a ski jacket is surprisingly normal: See https://www.google.com/search?client=ms-android-google&biw=393&bih=658&t...|952493,root_cat:531644,price:1,ppr_min:450,init_ar:SgeyBAQIvLkg and filter to £450+

Assos kit is very good though and it is hard to go back to other brands if you've have used Assos full outfits (and ensured you have the right size).

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peted76 replied to rtw | 3 years ago
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rtw wrote:

May I suggest that if you think 'wow, that's way too much money' you aren't the market. I think the same about skiing stuff, but this sort of money for a ski jacket is surprisingly normal: See https://www.google.com/search?client=ms-android-google&biw=393&bih=658&t...|952493,root_cat:531644,price:1,ppr_min:450,init_ar:SgeyBAQIvLkg and filter to £450+ Assos kit is very good though and it is hard to go back to other brands if you've have used Assos full outfits (and ensured you have the right size).

Yes, but if you put other markets aside, what we see here is a large hike in market pricing for jackets within the cycle clothing market.

The second most expensive jacket that I can see is the Assos Bonka at £410.. a serene £165 price difference. Other brands most expensive jackets set the scene; Rapha (£320), CHPT3 (£330) or Castelli (£320) Ashmei (£238) Velobici (£217).. I don't need to spell out the % differences. I'd suggest and raise the question that we might be seeing a marketing push from Assos to purposefully push the prices of high end gear to a new level. Lets see if Castelli or Rapha release a new jacket with a price around £400, which to all intents and purpose might make it seem cheap against the competition (Assos). Good for manufacturers, bad for consumers.

Just to add context to this, I'm an Assos fan, I own kit and buy kit from them, in fact I believe rtw once advised me some sizing on their bib shorts, their kit is very good, I believe I'd own more if it were slightly more affordable or I could try it on locally.

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EddyBerckx | 3 years ago
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Think I'll stick to my cheapo Rapha gear...

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tonyleatham replied to EddyBerckx | 3 years ago
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EddyBerckx wrote:

Think I'll stick to my cheapo Rapha gear...

Made me laugh out load - thanks

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Nick T | 3 years ago
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For that sort of money I'd expect to feature WalnutWhip3 technology at the very least. Where's the Pumpkin.Lump? The Pipe-/=Extender.valve? The NarrowSconeVsR8 features that Assos is famous for?

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Compact Corned Beef replied to Nick T | 3 years ago
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I've got a Pumpkin.Lump but my doctor says the special cream will sort it out.

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KoenM | 3 years ago
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Is it lined with gold, sorry Assos but u lost your mind, u already were to expensive for most of us (and bad/boring designs on top) but who the hell would spend that much money?

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TheBillder replied to KoenM | 3 years ago
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The lining has replaced the gold coins one had to take on European tours in 1898.

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peted76 | 3 years ago
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Wow that is a lot of loot! 

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