The Diversion range was released in 2017 and offers all-weather protection to keep riders warm and dry, without adding unnecessary bulk. It features a complete range of all-weather cycling apparel, perfect for hardcore riders pedalling deep into winter and beyond.
The key focal point of the Diversion range is the material used - ThermTextura. ProTextura and TransTextura fabric;
ProTextura material makes up the outer shell of the clothing - it’s durable and water-repellent, with wind-resistant finishes and laminations engineered to fend off windy and wet conditions, while also remaining breathable to assist body temperature regulation.
ThermTextura fabric is often found on the inside of the garments and incorporates all the benefits of TransTextura™ fabric (using capillary action to pull moisture away from the skin to the fabric surface for rapid evaporation and quick drying) while also insulating you from the cold air outside.
One of the additions to the range this year is the Diversion Thermal Jacket. It's made from ThermTextura and ProTextura to offer a reliable barrier against cold and wet conditions, and the soft shell fabric features a high stretch design in the elbow and shoulders to provide a better fit and enhanced movement. The cuffs are elasticated and separate to the sleeve, ensuring there is no way water can get inside the jacket. Neatly hidden armpit zippers allow for improved body temperature control while also continuing to offer protection from the elements.
A smart flap design covers the rear pockets to protect your essentials, and unlike a zipped pocket, it allows easy access if you’re wearing gloves or have cold hands.
Another new addition to the range are the Diversion Thermal Bib Tights. Made from the ThermTextura and ProTextura material, the tights offer great protection while still being breathable. They feature pre-shaped cuts for the knee and leg panels, the areas which are often exposed when cycling, which is reinforced with the Diversion fabric - this keeps weight down whilst still offering protection in the crucial areas.
To support the jersey and bib tights, a number of new accessories have been added. The arm warmers that were part of the original range have been updated with a 3D ergonomic cut, improved silicone grippers and subtle reflective accents, while still retaining their excellent water and wind resistance. In addition, knee warmers are also available with the same features.
The Diversion Thermal Shoe Cover is a useful addition to the range – the water-repellent outside layer backed with a windproof, soft lining featuring moisture transferring properties keep your feet warm, while the extended cuff sits high above the ankle offering all round protection. The shoe cover is rounded off with a robust zip at the back which can also be locked out at the top meaning the rider can be safe in the knowledge it won’t be coming undone.
A significant new addition is the Diversion Long Finger Thermal Glove. The most noticeable feature of the glove is the extra long Micro-Velcro cuff enclosure, which helps keep the chill out by extending right up underneath the rider's jacket.
Another feature of the glove that is noteworthy is the fact that unlike a lot of thermal gloves, it isn’t bulky; thanks to the ThermTextura windproof material, which offers excellent warmth without unnecessary padding, resulting in a more comfortable glove that still provides a responsive touch when gripping the handlebars.
Browse the full Diversion range here, available with free click and collect at your local retailer.