It’s painful writing these words. It’s Autumn. Winter will be on its way soon.
Parentini have already thought about the impending Winter of 2015. They thought about this last year. Like all clothing companies, Parentini work a year in advance. I travelled to Tuscany in January to see the new Winter 2015/16 collection. But I’ve held off talking about these new products – it seemed strange writing about Winter when Spring was on its way.
But now is the right time to start thinking about your Winter kit. Planning what you need and what will work best for you, so you can continue to cycle and work hard through the dark winter months.
So over the coming weeks, I will present these new products, giving some insight into the new garments and which one will work best for your type of cycling. Starting with an addition to Parentini’s jewel in their crown – The Mossa.2.
The original Mossa is Parentini’s all-weather performance garment; The Mossa had outstanding reviews – gaining the reputation of beating similar garments by widely known clothing brands. In addition to its outer repllent hydro-treatment, the Mossa features a highly technical Windtex Storm Shield laminate fabric, which gives it far superior waterproof performance, with excellent breathability. We have a far more in-depth review of the Mossa here.
For the Mossa to perform well, a rider needs to be maintaining a certain average pace. Its thermal properties come from the fabric using your sweat as protection. So it’s aimed at cyclists who race, train and ride hard through winter. It is not designed to keep you warm if you’re stood around or riding at a slow pace.
The original Mossa continues for Winter 2015, in both short and long sleeved versions (although with some tweaks to the logos and new colours added). However taking on board feedback, and especially getting requests from more leisurely cyclists – the sort of cyclists who still ride in the Winter but enjoy the social side of cycling, chatting and taking in a café break for instance – the Parentini design team developed the Mossa.2.
The Mossa.2 continues Parentini’s precise sizing model. The design team dedicate a unique pattern for each product that takes into consideration the fabric’s natural behaviour, how it falls on the body and any movement needed, particularly whilst in the riding position.
The Mossa.2 is true to a rider’s natural size. The fit is close, tailored without being figure hugging like the Mossa. The armpit cut is high, allowing free body movement without restriction, and features one unique pattern from the neck to the end of the sleeve. Despite being a slightly looser fit than the original Mossa, there is no excess fabric, even on the sleeves. Neatly fitted, it features a balanced front panel length for both on and off the bike, in contrast to the Mossa’s extreme race cut.
The sizes run from XXS to XXXL, in Womens and Mens versions:
Measurements are from armpit to armpit, across the chest.
XS – Size 34″/44cm chest
S – Size 36″/46cm chest
M – Size 38″/48cm chest
L – Size 40″/50cm chest
XL – Size 42″/52cm chest
XXL – Size 44″ /54cm chest
XXXL – Size 46″/56cm chest
Measurements are the full circumference of the chest.
XXS – Size 30″/78cm chest
XS – Size 32″/82cm chest
S – Size 34″/86cm chest
M – Size 35.5″/90cm chest
L – Size 37″/94cm chest
XL – Size 38.5″/98cm chest
Fabric and Technology
The Mossa.2 continues to feature Windtex’s highly technical Storm Shield membrane as part of the fabric, but Parentini worked on the inner lining of the laminate. The Mossa.2 utilizes a fine brushed polypropylene fleece. Unlike polyester fleece, this newly developed and exclusive fabric design offers the Mossa.2 an increase in its thermal properties. The heat transfer from the body outwards has been slowed slightly, the Polypropylene technical fleece retains some of the body heat to keep the body warmer. However, the Mossa.2 remains highly breathable as polypropylene has a limited capacity of retaining sweat, therefore the excess will be released into the Windtex membrane. The overall fabric thickness is slightly increased so the jacket seems warmer than the original Mossa even before you put it on.
The Mossa.2 is designed to be a cross between a heavy winter jacket and light race garment like the Mossa. It’s packed with useful features and great, functional details:
- Reflective safety piping on the front panel seam, back of the neck and on the rear pocket entry. The Mossa.2 is highly visible in low light situations.
- Two rear pockets with an extra rear Zip security pocket.
- Elastic waistband – this stops the jacket riding up so retaining heat.
- High collar with a comfortable soft fleece interior and Zip cover.
- Soft tactile, rubber zip puller – easy to use with thick Winter gloves.
- Thick, covered zip with easy run system – retains heat and eliminates catching zips.
- Soft elastic wristband, which is waterproof and sewn directly into the inside of the garment.
- Reflective printed Parentini sleeve logo – ideal for low light hand signals.
- Lightweight – you don’t feel it on.
In addition to the classic range, the Mossa.2 is offered in a new set of vivid, high visibility colors:
- Orange Fluro with black stripe on sleeve
- Brushed green with black stripe on sleeve
- Classic black with white stripe on sleeve
- Yellow Fluro
- Orange Fluro
Why choose the Mossa.2?
If you do slower winter base miles, the Mossa.2 is ideal. You don’t need to worry about riding in any bad weather at all, it’s the PERFECT weatherproof jacket. The Mossa.2 is not designed for racing, for that, the original Mossa remains the ideal choice.
Do you need both Mossa versions? Well yes! I’m not just saying that to increase sales. You only need the Mossa and Mossa.2 and you’re covered for every riding situation, over 3 seasons. Wear the Mossa in Spring, Autumn and Winter if you’re riding hard in bad weather. If you’re embarking on a slower ride or a social café ride in the Winter, opt for the Mossa.2. Either way you know you’re protected against the elements – wind, rain, sleet, snow – anything the winter can throw at you. You need never miss any opportunity to get out on the road and experience the elements.
Some people run hot or cold, but in most cases the Parentini baselayer U510A with polypropylene and carbon yarn is more than sufficient even in sub-zero degrees. Parentini’s aim is always for the rider to dress light, but efficiently. Their aim with every garment they produce is that you don’t feel it the garment when you’re riding.
The Mossa.2 partners well with:
- Parentini thermal P1000 thermal bib shorts (418A) and thermal leg warmers (P22A)
- Parentini Shark Thermal Bib Tights – K-Dry water repellent new for 2015/16 (V574A)
- Parentini Thermal Socks (V463A)
- Parentini Neoprene P.5000 waterproof overshoes (V524A)
- Parentini Windtex P.5100 gloves (V579A)
The Mossa.2 retails at £180.00/€238 for the men’s and £145.00/€205 for the women’s version.
Wash and care:
As per Parentini’s wash and care instructions (in depth care guide here), the Mossa.2 is to be washed in no higher temperature than 30 degrees. Use non-Bio detergent (with no added softeners), with the garment inside out, zip closed and on a gentle spin. Please keep away from heat and do not dry over central heating panels or radiators.
Parentini offer a superb aftercare service, so in case you have an unfortunate fall, Parentini will do their best to repair your garment.
Where to buy:
Parentini is sold worldwide via a selective network of distribution, for more info please contact your local dealer.
Or contact us on this mail: TestTeam@Parentini.com