Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel
A sweaty back, a flopping pack and the annoyance of feeling hindered by weight swinging from their shoulders drove Specialized product developers to create a new form of MTB apparel.
The developers at Specialized were on their regular trail rides and naturally tried to find ways to avoid using a pack. They were cramming bottles into riding short and blowing out buttons. They were hand-sewing makeshift pockets into jerseys and doing anything they could to carry the gear necessary for a typical ride without a bag on their back. Ultimately they came together to move past the DIY stage and get a proper solution figured out for themselves and the masses. SWAT apparel, Storage Water Air Tools, was born.
Learn more about Specialized SWAT apparel like the bib and short liner pieces which serve double duty for comfort and temperature control as well as storage for items like water bottles, energy bars or cellphones. Credit: Lear Miller for Vital MTB
sspomer 2/19/2014 10:15 AM
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-The back pockets are different from a standard road/XC jersey because of the stretchy, compressive fabric they are made of, which will keep cargo from bouncing out.
-The thinking behind the pockets is to allow a rider to run a bottle on the bike (most bikes only have option for single cage these days) and one in the pockets to extend the range of a ride, not to replace the bottle/cage on the bike.
Also, being impaled? HAHA do you even know what that word means? No one is worried about being "stabbed" in the back. Ok, do us ALL a favor buy one of these wear it with some tools and a filled up water bottle. Do a backflip and land on your back and tell me it didn't hurt and left no damage to your back. (If you're truly that dumb to do this then I take no responsibility)
Sure XC riders have been doing this for a long time as well as road bikers...it still doesn't make it a good idea. This idea is nothing new.
We have a right to be concerned and to question any product that we think can be more harmful then good. Riding fast and crashing are two things when mixed equals uncertain results. It would be nice to carry less and be free of any backpack I agree I just don't agree with this solution much.
Also, my apologies for the harsh reply earlier.
i think this stuff has its place. some packless riders may love it.
I dont live in a place with 365 days of sunshine, I live in the real world!
Look at that hidratation pack:
And about the shorts, I think it have to be uncomfortable. It could be a better solution a short with pockets, if you need
I'm not going to say that this new gear is the be-all solution. But it's certainly a step forward for those that value efficiency and a less-is-more mentality if the ride deems it so.