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Three-layer waterproof fabric for intense activity

Answering a direct need for cycling-specific clothing geared towards the outdoors and adventure.

11th November 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  London

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective

London, UK-based Albion is launching a new range of technical clothing for cyclists called Zoa.

The range aims to set a new standard in outdoor clothing for cyclists, utilising the world’s best performance fabrics in a range of products suitable for multiple riding disciplines and for both on and off bike use.

Albion has partnered with Pertex, the specialist in lightweight and durable technical fabrics to bring to market the first cycling products to use Pertex Shield Air, a new high breathability three-layer waterproof fabric.

The range consists of the Zoa insulated jacket, rain shell and burner, designed as a system that can be used together, or as stand-alone products, depending on the conditions and activity.

“The Zoa range is the culmination of many months’ thinking, designing, refining and testing, and we’re excited to now be bringing these products to market,” said Graeme Raeburn, lead designer at Albion. “Zoa products answer a direct need for cycling-specific clothing geared towards the outdoors and adventure, and feature a number of considered details to make time spent on or off the bike using them easier and more comfortable. Working with the best fabric, insulation and trim suppliers in the market, and with a focus on responsible sourcing, we believe that Zoa can set a new standard for modern, technical and versatile cycling products.”

The Zoa insulated jacket is a highly functional outer or mid layer using a 100% recycled Pertex Quantum outer fabric and Primaloft Gold Eco breathable insulation. It is lightweight but warm, wind and weather resistant,

The Zoa rain shell is based on a 100% recycled Pertex Shield Air main fabric that features an air permeable nanofibre membrane to provide extremely breathable waterproof protection.

“Zoa is an exciting and ambitious development for us, and is a good marker for where the cycling market is headed right now,” said     Charlie Stewart, co-founder of Albion.

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