Kitbag - Nukeproof Ride Wear
Our first impressions of this new clothing range
Nukeproof is a brand that’s not standing still and this new range of clothing reinforces this without question. With an emphasis on trail, enduro and gravity riding, Nukeproof’s bikes have always combined well-executed designs with neat detailing and great value price tags. With the Mega enduro bikes becoming an established favourite here in the UK and its Horizon pedals scoring yet another hit in the 2018 Dirt 100 we were keen to take an in depth look at the new Nukeproof clothing.
The range for this summer has four main line ups: Nirvana – a premium trail/ gravity collection, Kashmir - designed for downhill use and Blackline - well priced trail gear with a focus on low weight and breathability. There is also the Outland - trail riding clothing but with a casual feel. Nukeproof has you covered for all mountainbiking disciplines - there are ranges for both men and women.
After meeting Rob Sherratt from Nukeproof for the low down on this new clothing it is very apparent that the design team has not rushed this kit through the production process. The choice of fabrics, cut of the garments and required features have all been thought through and tested thoroughly. They’ve certainly sweated the details and gone out of their way to source premium fabrics rather than compromise with the cheapest options. We have the men’s Blackline and Nirvana ranges on test so here’s a run down of the kit and our first impressions.
“We’ve wanted to kick this clothing project off for a while now, but turns out developing clothing from scratch takes time! We have an awesome team of designers and developers and this process has been a huge learning curve over the past 3 years” – Nukeproof
The Blackline range has been designed for trail riding with an emphasis on value for money but without a compromise to performance or fit. There’s a feel of real quality to this kit and plenty of colour options.
Blackline Shorts £60
These shorts use a lightweight stretch polyester fabric which keeps the weight low and drying time short. A longer than average inseam (14.5”/37cm on size large) means the Blackline shorts work well with most kneepads and don’t ride up – a frustration with many lightweight shorts. A high rear waist panel keeps your lower back covered and there are internal straps to fine tune the fit. Three zipped pockets provide ample storage if you are travelling light with just the bare essentials. These are top quality lightweight trail shorts at a great price.
Considering this is the first clothing range from Nukeproof we feel that it's up there with the best on the market - Dirt
Blackline Jersey £40-45
Available in long or short sleeve options we found the cut of this jersey to be spot on. The tailored fit is loose but not baggy, both in the body and the sleeves, with a longer lower back for added protection. Nukeproof uses recycled S-Café polyester (with an anti-bacterial finish) for the main body with the rear panel being a lighter weight stretchy mesh for added breathability. A small zipped pocket on the lower right of the back panel is handy for keys etc.
Gallery - Blackline shorts and jersey
‘The dark art of finding the ride fit, sourcing and partnering with the best fabric mills to give us the high quality technical kit that we wanted to ride in’ - Nukeproof
Designed as the ultimate trail and enduro offering, the Nirvana range uses tougher but still lightweight fabrics with even more attention to the finer details and features.
Nirvana Shorts £90
Nukeproof has chosen a stretch Cordura fabric for the Nivana shorts - it’s very light but the ‘ripstop’ construction durability is kept high. A similar inseam length to the Blackline shorts works well for us and the smooth finishing of the hem seams keeps the fabric from snagging on kneepads. Perforated panels in the fabric aid ventilation making these shorts a great choice in hot weather.
There’s plenty of attention to detail here too, with some innovative touches. A soft goggle storage bag is stowed on a leash in the right pocket and attaches externally to the shorts with a press-stud. Stash your goggles in here when climbing fire roads or simply remove it if it’s not needed. A gimmick? We'll see if it comes in handy (and useful) on a long term test...
Nirvana Jersey £70
This is the premium trail jersey in Nukeproof’s new range and is available in a long sleeve style only. As with the cheaper Blackline jersey the fit is well considered and works when riding hard. A long tail, closely fitting arms and a Raglan style for the shoulder panels gives a cut that feels like it’s been comprehensively tested before the final production sign-off.
With no pockets of superfluous features the Nirvana jersey has a minimalist feel. Like the matching shorts, it’s light but tough, with carefully chosen materials for each panel of the garment. A stretch fabric main body and lighter weight back panel good ensure on-the-bike mobility with a tougher woven matt fabric on the arms for increased protection. Cordura patches on the elbow areas add durability even further, perforated arm panels increase comfort in the heat and silicone shoulder patches help stabilise pack straps. These touches along with the fully seam welded neck, cuffs and hem reflect the attention to detail that Nukeproof has put into this the Nirvana jersey.
Gallery - Nirvana shorts and jersey
Overall then this new range of clothing from Nukeproof is a class act and considering this is the first collection from this brand it is very much up there with the best. In fact the only real criticism is that the shorts size up a touch on the large size (about half a size) so if you're split between sizes then we suggest going smaller not bigger. The well chosen technical fabrics, considered features and top quality finishing have really impressed us.