Motor racing is a big influence on us here at KOMRAID. We grew up watching 800 horsepower Group B rally cars tearing through forests at insane speeds and it is the iconic Martini Racing colours that formed the inspiration for this design.
The famous red, dark blue and light blue stripes have graced numerous cars over the years but it is the Lancia Delta Integrale S4 that gives it’s name to this new design, with an additional nod to our love of the Italian high mountains. Forza!
KOMRAID high-performance, lightweight wind vests.
The wind vest is one of those items we can't live without. It’s an essential for chilly early starts, coffee stops or to carry if changeable weather turns against you. A lightweight, high-wicking vest that packs down neatly into a back pocket is a must-have for at least 9 months of the year.
We have included 3 pockets on our wind vest. We know you'll have pockets on the jersey underneath but this gives you the option of putting your gels, bars, phone etc somewhere you can easily get at them without having to perform that on-the-move, self-pickpocketing thing behind your back – that can easily send you into a ditch! If you don't need them, the pockets are cut so they sit neatly without annoying bagging when empty.
We know from experience that a poor-fitting, flapping vest might keep the worst of the wind off you but is incredibly distracting at speed. Nobody wants to sound like a spinnaker in a force 8 gale, so our vest is a close cut design. It employs side panels with a degree of elasticity to really hug your body on the bike without constraining movement.
We've consulted a lot of cyclists and done a great deal of personal testing on all our kit, As a result, we know that the collar is a crucial component of a wind vest. If it’s too high it annoys or overheats you. Too loose, it flaps and lets wind in. Too tight and you feel like you're being strangled. We've got the collar just right on our wind vest, avoiding these irritations and ensuring that even if your legs are screaming, it won't be your kit that spoils the ride!
- Front and side panels are constructed from a lightweight windproof material.
- Highly ventilated back panel to help regulate body temperature.
- Packs down into a jersey pocket with room to spare.
- Three rear cargo pockets.
- Elasticated back panel for a performance fit.
We know that judging the sizing of cycling clothing can be tricky. The key measurements of each size are given in the table below. We suggest you compare these measurements against clothing you already have to help you choose the right size for you.
IMPORTANT: Our clothing is ‘race fit’ and is designed to be worn skin tight for maximum aero benefit. If you are at the top end of a size range and/or want a more relaxed fit, we would advise that you go to the next size up.
A. Chest (cm)
B. Waist (cm)
C. Zip (cm)
In developing our line of performance cycling wear, we have subjected each item of clothing to thousands of hours of testing, by riders ranging from weekend warriors to IRONMAN distance triathletes.
There is a commonly-held belief in cycling that cyclists and triathletes are like oil and water – they should never mix. We happen to disagree. An IRONMAN distance triathlon is just about the toughest single day test of endurance you can do.
With never quite enough time between training sessions, you’re always on the verge of being over-trained. This constant state of fatigue makes you irritable. Any slight discomfort is magnified and becomes an excuse not to train. Developing saddle sores is your worst nightmare. They take much longer to heal as you can't afford to take a few days off to recover.
It turns out that IRONMAN training was the perfect opportunity to test both the performance and comfort our clothing.
Over the past 12 months of testing, we have wrecked a lot clothing. We’ve listened to rider feedback and have gone back to the drawing board on more than one occasion, we've added features and developed our designs. In doing so, we have created a line of cycling wear that that brings together absolutely optimal function, comfort and performance.