Since we started working on The Commuter Suit back in 2012, we have gotten a lot of questions about it, most of them along the lines of “What is a Commuter Suit”?
We’ve lined the jacket with a poly tricot mesh that contains 28% spandex. The photo above also does a good job of showing you the texture of this liner. Not only does it breathe, it also wicks moisture away from the body, exposing to the merino wool which in turn also wicks away moisture coming off the body, allowing it to evaporate all together. The liner is sewn into a pleat in the back of the jacket, allowing the user to reach, stretch and hug without any tightness or resistance across the typical resistance points in the shoulders and back of the jacket. A photo of this feature is shown below.
Additionally, we’ve added a discreet, reverse coil zipper in the upper arm of the suit jacket, providing ventilation on those hot days when your normal suit jacket has you panting like your favorite terrier. The zipper has a locking pull tab (so it doesn’t dangle) and the reverse coil leaves a flat and smooth finish when the zipper is closed.
Everyone knows that one of the key elements in anyone’s bike to work arsenal is a quality commuter pant. It is essential when it comes to cycling apparel. Made out of the same fabric as the Commuter Suit Jacket, the Commuter Suit Pant has several key features. To start, we’ve made sure to add a gripper waistband which not only keeps your pants from falling down your back, it keeps your shirt tucked in. Our waistband really does the trick, employing two strips of gripper material to make sure you are strapped in tight.
Next, we’ve added a crotch gusset which is cut on the bias. On the what, you ask? A bias cut is when the fabric is cut diagonally, allowing it to stretch and move. Remember, this fabric has a small amount of spandex already. Yoga in suit pants anyone? This portion of the pant is also sewn with a single needle chain stitch, which makes it incredibly strong. The goal? No more crotch blowouts.
To keep the pants out of your chain, we’ve included a simple but effective cuff solution, shown below. It is adorned with reflective trim and an elastic strip to make sure it’s snug. Fold back, pull over, button. Lather, rinse, repeat.
For reflectivity in the rear, we’ve added welt pocket flaps with 1/8” reflective piping sandwiched into the seam. Pull the flaps out and you’re seen at night. Tuck them in and it’s your little secret.