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All the new and unreleased apparel from Whistler

Rocky Mountain's debut, Race Face's face lift and more from Crankworx

Crankworx Whistler is all about celebrating bikes, racing and community. But there’s also plenty of new gear being released or, sometimes, not yet released.

This year, Rocky Mountain used the return of Crankworx to launch its first-ever line of riding apparel, Race Face put out a bunch of new gear and then its riders put it on the podium, Leatt previewed exciting things to come – plus some wild gold goggles special to Crankworx and Dharco pushed further from Australia into North America with some serious CanCon.

Check out what’s new, and what will be new soon in mountain bike apparel.

Rocky Mountain released its first line of apparel at Crankworx. It may be the first riding kit the Canadian brand’s made but, after decades of riding bikes, the designers knew what they wanted – and didn’t want – going into the project. And there are several features that make each piece stand out. The main one is soft Recco RFID tags built into each piece. The tags carry emergency info and transmit it for short-range location tracking. Already popular in Europe, two big resorts (Whister and one in Quebec) are starting to use the technology. Rocky Mountain is the first to bring it to mountain bike-specific clothing.

There are also sneaky pockets, easy-access stash spots and other safety features. The line runs from shorts to very breathable bibs and a few kinds of t-shirts.

Race Face rolled out a big re-work and expansion of its Indy, Traverse and Commit apparel lines going into Crankworx. Several pieces could already be seen hitting the podium on Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin, including the new “clay” coloured Indy pants. In a very welcome move, the trail pants made for big days of pedaling now come in regular and tall lengths. There are also new more casual-look (and/or very bright) commit jerseys and breathable Traverse shorts.


Bright gold goggles signed by Leatt’s pro riders, including several Canadians, were the only “official” piece Leatt had to show off at Crankworx, but they weren’t the only apparel the South African brand brought to Whistler. A sneak peek at what’s to come revealed many promising details of what’s in store, soon, from the brand that now does way more than neck braces.


Dharco is growing fast, especially in Canada. That could be because they support a fleet of Canada’s fastest. The Australian brand will – very soon – be selling pro replica jerseys, complete with all the same tech, so you can at least pretend you can ride as fast as Commencal/Muc-Off’s Amaury Pierron or Canadian junior Tristan Lemire.