That time of the year again: the teams start to reveal their new racing suits for the upcoming season.
Looks like the Russians beat everyone else this year – and their new suit is a bomb!
…Last year the Russian apparel giant Bosco di Ciliegi (yeah, with very Italian name – welcome to the new globalized world) stepped in at the very last moment as Adidas decided to stop sponsoring all Nordic sports.
The first attempt wasn’t a failure – in fact many, ourself included, liked that Soviet Constructivism design of the Russian suits 2018/19.
But just-revealed successor, the 2019/20 racing piece (or two – depending on your preference) is a quite a step forward nonetheless.
Pictures speak for themselves, but we shall add a few words:
– The new suit is a product of close cooperation between Russian, Italian and Swiss high-tech textile designers.
– The technical fabrics it’s made of are much lighter than those used in the previous Team Russia suit – we’d say, non-scientifically , as light as the lightest iteration of Team Norway’s Daehlie suit.
– It’s even less warm than before, clearly – and that seems to come on request from the skiers themselves. As one of them put it while trying the new suit on, “We do not intend to stand still on those race tracks while competing “. Point taken.
– It’s much stretchier than before, looks like there is some compression in critical areas albeit not excessive, ” Compression Lite”,as it were.
– Yes, it’s very much see-through. So much so that we did not dare publishing some of the pictures lacking express consent to do so from female skiers. Let us put this way: when it comes to transparency, the Russians have reached the level set recently by the Norwegians.
Make what you will of that.