Shimano has just released the Explorer Collection, a brand new line of men's mountain bike apparel designed with new MTB riders in mind. The brand says it uses technology developed at the highest level of the sport but "the cut, colors and cost [are] tailored to suit the needs of those starting out."
The Explorer Collection includes various styles of jerseys, jackets, and shorts. The apparel items are designed to be comfortable in a variety of weather conditions, so riders can wear them on their own during the summer or layer them during the winter.
Among the collection is the Shimano Myoka jersey, which comes with a choice of short or long sleeves and is designed to be breathable enough to be a standalone jersey, while also being suitable for use as a base or mid-layer.
For riders who are at home on fast XC trails and want something lightweight and breathable on hot summer days, the Kita jersey is an XC-style, zip-up jersey and has three pockets in the back.
Meanwhile, the lightweight Fukui shorts are simple and affordable, but also use a treated fabric that offers riders protection from mud and water.
The Nagano Variable Jacket is claimed to be windproof, water-repellent and breathable, making it a good offering for those wanting to stay warm on chilly morning rides. It also folds down enough to store in your pack for when summer rainstorms arrive.
Each of Shimano's new MTB offerings is available in multiple colorways, so riders can coordinate with their existing bike and kit collection.
While Shimano does offer women's mountain bike clothing too, the Explorer Collection is marketed specifically for men, and there is currently no mention of a women's version on the horizon.
The Explorer Collection is available now, with pricing and sizing information still to be confirmed.