Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Merino Wool Jerseys from Surly

My long-sleeve wool jersey from Surly Bikes has been a staple of my cool-weather riding wardrobe for several years. The folks at Surly Intergalactic Headquarters have been busy updating their wool jerseys, and the new versions will be available to order some time in the next week or two.

While at Interbike last month, we got to enjoy a fashion show, featuring volunteers from the industry modeling the latest clothing and gear. At the conclusion of the show, the vendors donated all of the goods for a silent auction, with all the proceeds going to Bikes Belong. I had pretty much been ignoring all of the wares on display, until Tracey came over to me in a flurry saying, "Kevin, Kevin, look, look, you have to see...!" Well, to what did my wondering eyes appear, but one of these fancy new Surly Merino Wool Long-Sleeve Jerseys, sitting right there on the auction table (along with a pair of DeFeet Wooly Bully socks)!

So, like that last thing I needed was another long-sleeve wool jersey in black, but the price was right, and it was for a good cause. Somebody had already place the minimum bid, so I jotted down my name and upped the ante by $10. Lo and behold, when all was said and done, I came out the winner! There was a women's model available, too, and wouldn't you know it, Tracey won that one!

Here's a comparison of the New versus Old Surly long-sleeve wool jerseys:

OLD Surly wool jersey (front, beer not included) - half-zip, logo on upper arm
OLD Surly wool jersy (back) - three elasticized pockets, logo on center pocket
NEW Surly wool jersy (front)
NEW Surly wool jersy (back)
Highlights of the NEW version:

  • Full-zip
  • Zipper garage under chin
  • Higher collar
  • Heavier-weight material
  • Thumb-holes for easy layering-over
  • Single rear pocket with dual-zip openings
  • Logo moved to lower left arm, plus on zipper pulls
Of course, it's still 100% Merino Wool for itch-free comfort, and will also be available in Gray. Suggested retail price is $149.99. I'll be showing it off tonight at the My Reasons To Ride Video Contest Award Celebration and Deagan's Bike Night. And, it works great for OTHER outdoor activities, too:

Also coming soon will be a Surly Hoodie in a wool/polyester blend in Black or Brown, $159.99.

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