Northwave Force Total Protection Windproof Jacket
Northwave Force Total Protection Jacket
Windproof membrane plus Polyester Thermopile (R) inserts Zip: Full opening with NW camlock puller Pockets: 3 open on back Elastic: Silicon Reflex inserts: On back The windproof membrane, located in the intermediate layer, is matched with the internal thermal layer, so as to enhance the functionality, while at the same time guaranteeing an effective moisture management, in order to leave your body always dry. The selection of stretch fabrics provides freedom of movement. Polyester Thermopile (R) - This high-tech sportswear fabric offers you the benefits of special fibres that made the fabric highly breathable, soft and elastic, so the body's temperature is always constant.
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Founded by Gianni Piva in the 1980s in the Italian town of Montebelluna, Northwave is owned by the Piva family. It wasn't until the 1990s that products on cycling shoes began, having previously been a snowboard equipment manufacturer. 1993 marked their first MTB shoe, and in 1996, Paola Pezzo won the first XC MTB Olympic gold wearing their products. Succes on the road followed shortly afterwards, with Ivan Gotti's victory in the 1997 Giro d'Italia, followed by a second Olympic gold for Pezzo in 2000. Subsequent iconic cyclists to have won using the Northwave brand include Cipollini, Gunn-Rita Dahle, Boonen, Gilbert and Cancellara. Fore more information on their current range of cycling products, please visit http://northwave.com/ or to read about their history here.
About Merlin Cycles
This cycling deal was found at Merlin Cycles, one of the UK's most famous bike shops, located up North!
Merlin Cycles started life in 1993, founded by John Moss as a mail order Mountain Bike business ran directly from his spare bedroom in Chorley. Due to early growth, shortly afterwards he opened his first outlet in Ormskirk, and a few years later in 1998, the company grew into larger premises, moving to Leyland.
In the 1990's and early 2000's, Merlin were known for their ranges of mountain bike hardtails, released under the Rock Lobster and Merlin "Malt" brands. These steel and aluminium hardtails were designed in house, available as framesets or complete bikes, representing excellent value for money. The company was also well known for their handbuilt MTB wheels, which in my experience lasted for years without needing truing!
Merlin have always been competitive on pricing, particularly on suspension forks, brakes, wheels and groupsets, which continues to this day. Nowadays they have introduced road cycling equipment and clothing into their product ranges, due to the increase in popularity in this field, thus catering for a broader range of cyclists.