Riding the Sympatex x MAAP Wave:

All you need to know when Performance Meets Sustainability in Cycling Apparel

If you are a cyclist, you probably own quite some jerseys and bib-shorts, but a waterproof and breathable cycling jacket is crucial to performance and having fun on your ride. You wanna stay warm and dry especially during the seasons when the weather rather keeps you inside or while cycling in the mountains, where the weather can change within minutes and bright sunshine can turn into pouring rain at once.

Let’s delve into the Sympatex x MAAP Collection, with a particular focus on two standout pieces: the Ascend Pro Rain Jacket and the Apex Deep Winter Glove.

1. The Collaboration: Sympatex x MAAP

When two industry leaders join forces, the outcome is bound to be exceptional. Sympatex, renowned for its sustainable, high-performance membranes, and MAAP, a brand synonymous with style and functionality in cycling apparel, came together to create a collection that redefines cycling outerwear.

2. Ascend Pro Rain Jacket: Defying the Elements

Cyclists often face unpredictable weather conditions, from sudden downpours to biting winds. The Ascend Pro Rain Jacket is engineered to tackle these challenges head-on. Crafted with Sympatex’s sustainable membrane technology, it offers superior waterproofing and breathability, ensuring riders stay dry and comfortable even in the harshest conditions.

Trinity Racing Rider, Cameron Mason was given the Jacket and asked to put it through its paces and, well that’s exactly what he did, backpacking through Scotland.
“The Ascend Pro Rain Jacket was exactly what I needed. It’s the type of jacket I take when I definitely know that it will be wet, or if I’m planning on riding through extreme conditions like mountains or in the depths of winter when it rains really hard,” said Mason.

3. Materials Matter

For every jacket purpose, there’s an appropriate material. Maap’s Ascend Pro Rain Jacket, built for heavy rainfall, uses a polyester based, recyclable Sympatex® membrane which is waterproof to a hydrostatic head of 45,000.

What sets the Ascend Pro apart is its attention to detail. Seam-sealed construction prevents water ingress, while strategically placed vents enhance airflow during intense rides. The jacket’s tailored fit and minimalist design not only reduce wind resistance but also exude sophistication, making it a versatile choice for both training and commuting.

4. Apex Deep Winter Glove: Unparalleled Warmth and Dexterity

In colder climates, maintaining warmth without sacrificing dexterity is paramount. The Apex Deep Winter Glove excels in this regard, providing exceptional insulation without compromising on flexibility. Sympatex’s insulating technology ensures that hands remain warm and dry, while the glove’s ergonomic design allows for unrestricted movement, vital for handling gear shifts and brakes with precision.

The Apex Deep Winter Glove’s durability is equally impressive, with reinforced palms and fingertips offering enhanced grip and abrasion resistance. Whether tackling frosty mountain descents or navigating urban streets in winter, this glove delivers unrivaled performance and comfort.

5. Sustainability and Ethical Practices

Beyond performance and style, both Sympatex and MAAP are committed to sustainability and ethical practices. Sympatex’s membranes are 100% recyclable and manufactured with a focus on minimizing environmental impact. MAAP prioritizes responsible sourcing and production, ensuring that their garments are made under fair working conditions.

OffCuts at Maap: Giving Surplus Fabrics New Life

The OffCuts Program now features for the very first time performance-proven Prime Jacket and Vests. As featured in previous OffCuts releases, each new Prime jacket and vest also features a handwritten label indicating it’s position in the extremely limited production run. Unique colour-blocked designs with the same high-performance details and built-to-last construction for years of riding to come. Look out for more OffCuts collections coming later this year as we keep progressing forward towards improved processes and ultimately, a better and more sustainable planet.

As with previous OffCuts releases, these will sell out soon so secure your size now.

Explore the collection now at MAAP.cc

6. Maintenance and Care

With the wear and tear cycling jackets endure, along with the occasional coffee spill, they can gradually deteriorate over time. However, knowing how to properly care for your cycling jackets can significantly prolong their lifespan.

Washing cycling jackets can be tricky, but each MAAP product comes with specific care instructions on the label. If you’re uncertain, feel free to reach out directly for guidance.

Storing your jackets in airtight containers is another effective method to extend their lifespan, preventing the formation of mold or mildew and safeguarding your other wardrobe items from any mud residue picked up during rides.

For waterproof jackets, continuous use can diminish the effectiveness of the coating over time. It’s advisable to consider reapplying a DWR coating every couple of years to ensure the jacket maintains its waterproof properties.

7. Conclusion: Elevating Cycling Apparel to New Heights

The Sympatex x MAAP Collection represents the pinnacle of cycling apparel, where advanced technology meets contemporary design. The Ascend Pro Rain Jacket and Apex Deep Winter Glove embody this ethos, offering cyclists the perfect balance of performance, style, and sustainability.

Whether braving inclement weather or embarking on an epic winter adventure, riders can trust in the Sympatex x MAAP Collection to deliver unparalleled comfort and protection. As cycling continues to evolve, collaborations like this pave the way for innovation, ensuring that riders can push their limits without compromising on quality or style.

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