Gilets versus jackets
In road cycling, gilets and jackets serve distinct roles. Gilets, or vests, excel in providing wind protection and core warmth without hindering arm movement. Lightweight and packable, gilets are ideal for variable weather, easily stowed in jersey pockets. Jackets offer comprehensive protection against rain, cold, and wind, featuring thermal insulation and water-resistant properties. The inclusion of sleeves in jackets makes them particularly effective for slightly colder weather, ensuring full-arm coverage and enhanced warmth. Versatile and suitable for various weather scenarios, jackets are the go-to choice for comprehensive weather defense, while gilets shine in providing a balance of protection and flexibility in more temperate conditions.
Designed with racing in its core
The PNS Mechanism Collection is race-fit, with carefully selected technical fabrics. Balancing performance and aesthetics for the days that matter the most. Maats proudly stocks the complete Mechanism collection.
A year-on-year evolving collection, Mechanism embodies PNS' approach to design. Balancing aesthetics, simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Presenting a selection of items, created to match across the seasons. Shaping and elaborating on a collection evolving, working as a system.
Updated Deep Winter styles
The Mechanism Autumn/Winter '23 collection introduces an update to the PNS Deep Winter Bib Shorts and Deep Winter Long Bibs. The articulated knee construction is refined to suit a wider range of body types and the 3-layer main fabric is updated with a more stretchable membrane, creating a highly protective product for the coldest of days.
Tough cookies keep on cycling in winter, also when temperatures drop to as low as below zero degrees. What to wear to keep you warm enough? Let's cut straight through to the answer: it's all about layering. With your core kept warm, you unlock the secret to riding comfortably in the harshest of weather. At Maats, we advise to adhere to ''The Three Layer Principle'', consisting of:
#1: The baselayer
This is the first and arguably most key component to keeping you warm. Various options of thermal fabrics allow you to make the right choice for the temperature you're defying that day. For instance, pick merino wool for its perfect temperature regulation capacities, or choose Polartec for state-of-the-art heat technology. Wear a snug fit to make sure the top layers won't look wrinkly.
#2: The longsleeve jersey
This middle piece may seem excessive, but let us tell you: it isn't. The longsleeve jersey is the ideal inbetween layer to add a level of temperature regulation, combined with the practical function of its pockets (as both layer #1 and #3 typically don't have these). Longsleeve jerseys come in variations from thin textiles to thermal fleece-lined fabrics. Choose what you feel aligns best with the outside temperature.
#3: The gilet or jacket
Lastly, wear a gilet or jacket over all of the above. A gilet keeps your core warm yet ventilates through your armpits, whereas a jacket's sleeves not only keep your body warmth, but also cover your arms to cold riding wind. The great thing about this third layer is that you can wear it (partly) unzipped to cool down, or get rid of it altogether during your ride. Lightweight gilets/jackets typically can be stowed easily into a back pocket of your jersey.
Now don't think this is it: treat yourself to a thermal long bib, and take care of your extremities by adding a beanie, a neck tube, gloves, thermal socks, overshoes and what not. At Maats, we have it all! ;)
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Pas Normal Studios, a cycling clothing brand from Copenhagen, has been around since 2015. Co-founder and artistic director Karl-Oskar Olsen wanted to combine his experience with his urban lifestyle brand Wood Wood with his great passion: cycling. The concept of Pas Normal Studios is to create technically perfect cycling clothing and to combine it with visionary aesthetics. Through innovative designs, collaborations with other brands and finding new production methods, Pas Normal Studios strives to release collections that are innovative and always of the highest quality.