There's a new kid block as far as mountain bike clothing is concerned. Repack Clothing have just launched with their first piece - the Berino jersey.
Why's it called Berino? Well, the jersey's made from a 75 per cent merino and 25 per cent bamboo charcoal mix. We've just received a sample to review so here's a quick overview of the facts.
Repack's designs are influenced by the Californian mountain biking icons of the late 70s and the elbow patches are testament to that, taking their inspiration from riders gaffer-taping homemade elbow protection on. Repack say Charlie Kelly (founder of the Repack races, click here for a history lesson) is a fan of the Berino and wears it on cooler days in the Marin County hills.
Merino has long been considered a great fabric to ride in; it's warm, soft and invariably looks good too. By adding bamboo charcoal to the mix Repack say they've improved the jersey's strength, anti-odour and wicking qualities.
The Berino has been designed specifically as a mountain bike jersey, to be worn next to the skin or over a base layer and for use during autumn, winter and spring.
It's got a cycle-specific fit, with long arms, a high collar, drop tail, full length YKK zip and three zipper pockets at the rear, one on either side for a spare tube, energy bars and a waterproof, the middle for a mini-pump or phone. The internal label is heat-pressed so it shouldn't been itchy like a regular tag can be.
The Berino jersey costs £70 and is available to buy through the Repack website.