It was an apparel week here at Mountain Biking by 198. To round out the review lineup, Descente sent over their Newton MTB short and Genetic Tee to fall and run into trees with. Mountain biking apparel is really starting to expand as riders are demanding a more relaxed, baggy look to compliment the all mountain/trail riding style. With the increased demand, comes more products for us!
More About Descente
Ripped from DescenteAthletic.com
The Europeans allowed for an apparent fluke in the 1986 Tour de France as American Greg LeMond raced to victory. But when an upstart American team, wearing Descente clothing, put its young American captain, Andy Hampsten, on the top of the podium at the 1987 Tour of Switzerland, the cycling world thought it had seen it all. Imagine the shock on the Euros’ faces when in 1988, the same skinny kid from North Dakota and the same 7-Eleven team, wearing the same Descente uniforms, won the Giro d’Italia in a dramatic snowstorm over the Gavia Pass.
An indomitable team spirit, innovative approaches and savvy tactics all contributed to 7-Eleven’s wins over the years. The team turned the cycling world on its ear. It was cutting edge, always doing things differently, right down to the very clothing it raced and trained in.
“No doubt, we were doing things the rest of the peloton had never seen,” explains Hampsten. “Here we were, these young American guys, on an American team, doing things like stretching. Who’d ever heard of that?! We were cutting edge, and our Descente clothing was a big part of that. That stuff helped make the difference between winning and losing.”
In 1935 Takeo Ishimoto launched the modern technical apparel revolution in Osaka, and by 1949 was focused upon sports apparel exclusively. The Descente “Spirit” logo, those familiar three arrows, represent the multi-dimensional and ceaseless pursuit of perfection in sporting apparel: function, innovation and quality, tied together through integrity. Descente expanded into North America in 1979 and quickly became an icon brand in the world of sport.
The Descente brand for the sports categories of Cycling, Mountain Biking, Run, Fitness and Triathlon was revived in North America by veteran and former pro bike racer Hugh Walton in September 2002. In 2008, Veltec Sports joined forces with Descente Athletic and became the licensee of Descente in North America and Europe. The power of the Descente brand continues to grow as seventy years of experience and collective passion for sports drives the ongoing mission to craft the finest technical apparel available today.
Our Review Apparel from Descente
Descente Genetic Tee
- Orbit Lite – Polyester with a touch of Lycra™ for a great fit, feel and moisture management
- Descente H2Zero™ fabric with vapor-channel technology and a soft, comfortable hand
- V-neck construction
- Embroidered Descente logo on sleeve and chest
COLORS: Apricot (AP), Iron (IR)
Descente Newton MTB Short
- Lightweight, durable matte Nylon shell
- Four-way stretch rip-stop Nylon gusset
- Welded front and back seams for a lightweight and sleek loo
- Welded front double pocket and welded back zippered pocket
- Removable D-Vente™ 6-panel contoured liner with DNA gripper and quad stitching
- Stealth Chamois
- DNA 1 ½” logoed, elastic waistband on line
- Two-snap fly with zipper
- Waistband has dual ladder lock cinches
- Back stretch yoke
- 10 ½” inseam
COLORS: Black/Iron (BKIR)
Initial Thoughts on the Descente Apparel
The Descente mountain bike apparel is durable. The Newton shorts are made out of a stiff nylon shell that feels like water will never have the ability to penetrate. This does create a stiffer short than usual. There are no traditional side pockets which are missed, but there are other lower side pockets to hold any essentials. The detachable chamois is a nice touch and the construction of the waist band is the best out of the detachable mountain biking chamois I have tried up to this point.
As you can see by the pictures, the Genetic Tee is form fitting and made out of a strong mesh. The v-neck design keeps the tension off your neck.
As with the rest of the apparel reviews, I am going to ride with these for awhile and see how they do in hot conditions on the trail. Stay tuned for more…