For those seek­ing qual­i­ty cycling in the win­ter, func­tion­al gear is a must. This week­end I test­ed out a slew of Castel­li prod­ucts on a long, win­ter ride just out­side the city lim­its of Port­land. I want­ed to see if the appar­el would suc­ceed in keep­ing me warm and dry through the cold con­di­tions of the pacif­ic northwest.

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The Jack­et: Zon­colan Jacket

Zoncolan Jacket

As I geared up for the ride and zipped up the Zon­colan for the first time I became wor­ried the jack­et would be too warm, but a few min­utes lat­er I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to find that I was wrong. Though the jack­et is thick, lined with com­fort­able fleece, and keeps the full upper-body warm with a Ther­moflex flip-up full zip col­lar, the Wind­stop­per X‑fast 2 fab­ric breathes won­der­ful­ly while allow­ing my body to retain nice dry heat. An hour into my ride, as I bat­tled up steep hills and rode down quick windy declines, the jack­et was still keep­ing me con­sis­tent­ly warm and hold­ing a nice bal­ance of breatha­bil­i­ty. Though it nev­er out­right rained on my ride, the Zon­colan did a good job at keep­ing me dry dur­ing a few light driz­zles. I would high­ly rec­om­mend this Jack­et for weath­er 45 degrees and below. Not only does the Zon­colan per­form well, it looks incred­i­bly styl­ish to match. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Saucony

 

Hap­py Sat­ur­day, Clymbers!

One brand on the menu today:

Saucony: Saucony has pushed the bound­aries of ath­let­ic wear since it was found­ed in Penn­syl­va­nia back in 1898. Today’s col­lec­tion fea­tures fit­ness appar­el, footwear, gloves, and more from the icon­ic brand.

Also, don’t miss out on: TYR, Olly­dog, Fil­trate, Haul it All, Men’s Footwear, Wom­en’s Footwear, Yoga Fit, Fly-Fish­ing Essen­tials, Wright­sock, Men’s Cycling Appar­el, Men’s Appar­el, Wom­en’s Cycling Appar­el, SOG, and Wom­en’s Sum­mer Wear

As we approach one mil­lion mem­bers, we’re look­ing back on what we set out to accom­plish and who helped us get there. Of course, there are our loy­al mem­bers who are pas­sion­ate about the out­doors, and there are our brand part­ners. These com­pa­nies not only have a long his­to­ry of mak­ing some of the best gear and appar­el on the plan­et, they sup­port ath­letes in their endeav­ors and are respon­si­ble glob­al cit­i­zens by lead­ing and sup­port­ing orga­ni­za­tions that strive to keep our envi­ron­ment safe and clean, and by imple­ment­ing sus­tain­able busi­ness practices.

The brands we fea­ture today are no excep­tion and just a small sam­pling of the many amaz­ing brands we are proud to offer our members.

More than fifty years ago, Ed Scott rev­o­lu­tion­ized ski­ing by invent­ing the first alu­minum ski pole. Today, SCOTT is at the fore­front of tech­nol­o­gy with excep­tion­al snow out­er­wear. Shop a selec­tion of SCOTT snow out­er­wear for men and women here.

Also rich in his­to­ry, Gre­go­ry designs back­packs that pro­vide a com­fort­able fit and are made from the best mate­ri­als to ensure dura­bil­i­ty. It all start­ed when Wayne Gre­go­ry was just 14 and designed his first back­pack for a Boy Scout project. Cur­rent­ly, Gre­go­ry is the only pack man­u­fac­tur­er to devel­op a waist-belt sys­tem that adjusts to fit dif­fer­ent hip angles, auto­mat­i­cal­ly improv­ing load trans­fer. Their Clymb debut fea­tures men’s and women’s sin­gle and mul­ti-day packs.

Teko set out to make the best per­for­mance socks with the least envi­ron­men­tal impact. Con­sid­er­ing they are the offi­cial sock of the Freeride World Tour 2012 and they’re con­stant­ly improv­ing upon ways to leave a small­er car­bon foot­print from design, pro­duc­tion, and ship­ment, we’d say they’ve done just that! Teko returns to The Clymb with a selec­tion of trekking, hik­ing, and ski­ing socks.

Final­ly, because we love giv­ing you guys lots of vari­ety, shop a Gog­gles & Gloves event fea­tur­ing your favorite brands.  Acces­sorize with VonZip­per, SPY, Elec­tric, Gran­doe, Kom­bi, POW, and more!

Every brand event fea­tured on The Clymb is eli­gi­ble for our lim­it­ed-time flat rate ship­ping of $4.98. If you add a The Clymb t‑shirt to your cart, your entire order will ship for free!

As we approach our one mil­lionth mem­ber, remem­ber to vis­it us on Face­book for fun give­aways and don’t for­get: we’re giv­ing the mil­lionth mem­ber $1,000 to The Clymb and if you’ve referred that mem­ber, you’ll get $1,000 too! Offi­cial rules here.

Also Fea­tured This Week:

Go All in with adi­das Out­door, SIGMA SPORT, CELTEK, and Hi-Tec

Today, you’ll find some­thing for everyone.

SOG Spe­cial­ty Knives & Tools have been cre­at­ing inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts that stand apart from the pack for over 25 years. You can save up to 55% off items like the Field Pup; a beau­ti­ful knife with a high gloss satin fin­ish and Kra­ton mold­ed han­dle. Shop now.

We know that DAKINE is a def­i­nite favorite with our mem­bers which is why we’re sure you’ll love the great sav­ings (up to 50% off) on their packs, gloves and oth­er acces­sories. There are items for men, women and kids. Click here to start shop­ping DAKINE.

Ladies, we have great deals exclu­sive­ly for you: Sher­pani bags — pretty.functional. and all at up to 55% off. 66 North is a long­time inno­va­tor in the cre­ation of spe­cial­ized cloth­ing for extreme con­di­tions. And we’re offer­ing up an extreme deal of up to 55% off their outerwear.

Last­ly, but def­i­nite­ly not… least..ly, we have an amaz­ing selec­tion of I/O Bio Meri­no women appar­el and out­er­wear. I/O’s Heavy User Net­work of guides, ath­letes, and oth­er out­door pro­fes­sion­als ensure that you’re receiv­ing the very best in per­for­mance appar­el that looks, feels, and moves the way you need it to. Clymb mem­bers can shop I/O Bio Meri­no at up to 60% off.

To shop this Wom­en’s Spe­cif­ic event of Sher­pani, 66 North and I/O Bio Meri­no, click here.

Remem­ber, you need to be a mem­ber of The Clymb in order to access those links above. If you need a mem­ber­ship, stop by Twit­ter or Face­book. We’ll hook you up and have you shop­ping in no time.

When you’re done get­ting your shop­ping on, check out this video with I/O Bio Meri­no ath­lete, Matthius Giraud: