Last Winter I made and tested a pair of cycling tights in this same fabric and print. I was astounded at how well the fabric performed, and wanted to test a few more garment, specifically tops. The first piece was this quarter zip, with Power Stretch 5.5oz/155gsgm Poly/Span fabric that is printed with the flooded camo print on the face, and a brushed back side which dials up the comfort. The fabric has less stretch than I expected, so it need to be patterned slightly bigger to avoid being restrictive. The fabric has been great for temps in the 50’s down to 17f with a pair of bib shorts and over shorts.
For the trims I was playing with some of the zippers and fabric swatches I’ve collected over the years. I chose a sheer 50gsm rip stop fabric for the chest pocket to show off the camo under it, and give dimension to the whole piece. The yellow zipper on the chest pocket matched another yellow swatch I had, which worked perfect for the back pocket. The yellow on the back will collect dirt but it will also add a lot of visibility to the camo. I’m planning on using this for tours around Central Park and for mountain biking so visibility isn’t the biggest concern. The orange zipper picks up some of the colors in the camo, and also nicely offsets the yellow and again, adds some dimension. The hem is finished with zig-zag stitching to attach the 1″ elastic which has a silicone strip. I’ve also added strategically placed reflective heat seal film on the cuffs, elbows, shoulders, center back between the shoulder blades and another one at the CB hem as well.