Salopette Wolf Hybrid
For highly competitive riders any season except racing season remains the season of anticipation. A constant feed of photos of pros training in the Canary Islands, Mallorca or Qatar promote the false sensation that the racing period is just around the corner. The pros are riding in shorts and knee or leg warmers. At the café you proclaim “io sono corridore, la calzamaglia mica la indosso”. Your winter tights provide you with a tactile sensation light years away from the ‘race feel’ of your favourite bib shorts (for a next-generation leg-weapon pair of winter tights please see our Long Salopette). So you insist on wearing bibs and leg warmers to the very limit of thermal comfort, 7°, 6°, 5°c, just to keep the sense of anticipation high, to maintain that race-ready look…
If you understand these manias, this passion, you will understand the raison d’etre of Salopette Wolf, Q36.5’s new thermal bib short. This is not a standard thermal bib made from typical winter cycling fabrics such as Roubaix fleece or similar equivalents. It is the Q36.5 Salopette Gregarius rebuilt with a proprietary avant-garde high-density fabric woven on lake Como, Italy*. It will keep you warm anywhere between 5-15° C, it will protect you from the rain, it weighs 180 g (less, probably, than your current favourite bibs). Its extreme ‘race feel’ is the embodiment of a true cross-over product which not only allows you to maintain high intensity throughout the winter (in the same way as the Long Salopette L1) but also to improve your comfort and performance in a range of other conditions such as ‘cross racing, early summer MTBing in humid areas, cooler or poor weather race days and so on.
While it would be easy to characterize the UF Hybrid Shell fabric by describing its silver or bio-ceramic thread content, or its exceptional water repellency treatment that the fabric undergoes when still in thread form (so as to not affect the natural breathability of the final woven fabric), the truly unique value of the fabric lies in the techniques of high-density weaving, which Q36.5 was the first to employ extensively in cycling clothing to the point that it has become a sort of invisible signature of the entire collection.
By exploiting the technological limits of high-density weaving we are to produce a highly compact outer face for the fabric that replicates the windblocking capabilities of a 2-layer shell fabric, without the use of a membrane, thus maintaining the exceptional natural breathability of the weave. This extremely compact surface, beyond producing a startlingly low volume fabric, also greatly increases the effectiveness of the water-repellency treatment rendering it far more windproof than a regular knitted cycling fabric with WR treatment. The inner face of the fabric is instead fleeced for thermal protection.