It looks like we're going with Jakroo at this point.
I managed to snag a little time today to take photos of the samples that I have on hand. Hopefully these will give everyone some idea of what to expect with the clothing: the fabrics, opacities, features, etc:. My goal is to have everyone who is ordering know exactly what they are ordering, what to expect, and be happy with the results.
The following photos were taken outside, and they're Jakroo sample clothes (with the usual blah design & colors that samples usually have).
This is what the Carbonium chamois looks like. It has fairly thick pads with a super soft cover.
The bottom of the shorts has a "Power Band" - by now most top-end shorts have something like this in some form or another. It's basically a section of material that is different from the rest of the shorts meant to compress the thighs just enough to prevent the shorts from sliding (and maybe, if you believe it, some benefits from compression.
The interior looks like this: it's grippy, but not too much, and has a slightly rubbery feel to it.
There different materials are being employed - one for the arm, another for the side panel, and a third for the front & back panels.
The side panel is particularly mesh-like. I attempted to give you an idea of how revealing it might be in bright sunlight. It really isn't as bad as the Sky mesh jersey, but it's definitely a visible mesh. Good for venting.
Another picture showing the difference in materials between the front, side, and back panels:
On the back, there is a 4th security pocket (located on the far right side of the body). You can also see the reflective detailing that is located on the jersey's back (both sides). It is a small detail, but helpful.
There is a band of silicon on the lower edge of the back panel, to help prevent the jersey from riding up when you're in a full tuck. Like Cavendish. Or Kittel. Or your favourite sprinter.
Current status: waiting for proof verifications of jersey & shorts from Jakroo. I have a few questions I'd like to get sorted and answered before I sign off on these, and as it is now the weekend I'll have to get those answered on Monday.
I will keep everyone updated as things progress. My aim is to have the store opened by this coming Friday.
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