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‘Cross Dispatch: Trench and Trails

— By: The Team at Nau

Around here, we’re big fans of people who push boundaries and challenge conventional thinking. That’s why our sponsorship of the Gates Center Track/River City Cyclocross team was a no-brainer; they combined single speeds and belt drives and introduced the duo to the world of cyclocross racing. And they did it with style. Here, in the third and final in a series of dispatches from the team, John Walrod takes the Succinct Trench for an unexpected ride.

Innovation is born from pushing expectations and refining design – two things that, I believe, Nau does while the rest of us sleep. In an attempt to match their constant innovation, I took it upon myself to do a little field testing of the Succinct Trench while on a recent rainy trip to San Francisco.

Here are a few images and my impressions of what turned out to be a superior garment:

Stevil Kinevil of AllHailTheBlackMarket.com. Thanks Jenni Oh for mugshot.
Stevil Kinevil of AllHailTheBlackMarket.com. Thanks Jenni Oh for mugshot.

I was in town with my crew for the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships and to fly the flag for our Gates Carbon Drive/ River City Bicycles Team. After a few nights of heavy shenanigans that turned out to be less than performance enhancing, I was ready to go. An hour before the start I realized that I wasn’t exactly on the start list for this event, so I stole this guy’s number at registration and smeared my face with fake blood so nobody would ask any questions. The trench concealed my stolen number (666 – not kidding) long enough for me to negotiate a semi-sanctioned 667 (under the stage name Chet Texas).

It was finally time to start. The promoters had decided to do a “Le Mans” style start in which the bikes get left on the start grid and the riders march 1/4 mile away for a running start. While the other riders were forced to parade around in their lycra and look like racers, I was able to cloak myself in the woods and gain the holeshot:

Succinct Trench in 1st Place at the World Championships.
In 1st Place at the World Championships!

Now, cyclocross is a brutal sport – aerobic, anaerobic, skills, variables, booze, all of it. After demonstrating dominance in both tactical and race situations, I chose to spectate for awhile :

The Succinct tails were a perfect barrier between me and that clearly muddy log - who knew it had a built in seat? Very clever, NAU.
The Succinct tails were a perfect barrier between me and that clearly muddy log – who knew it had a built in seat?

Luckily for us, an astute spectator observed this and was able to collect some footage.

This photo (Thanks Scottypaz) elegantly showcases the knee length of a traditional businessman’s trench coat while also giving a nod to the impervious fabric that kept me warm and dry in a muddy Golden Gate Park.
This photo (Thanks Scottypaz) showcases the knee length of a traditional businessman’s trench coat while also giving a nod to the impervious fabric that kept me warm and dry in a muddy Golden Gate Park.

Overall, the Nau Succinct Trench Coat performed extremely well. Its split tail allowed me to run, jump, pedal, drink, and commentate all without a hitch. Believe it or not, it escaped the weekend without a single blemish (unlike me). I cannot say enough about how well it worked for concealing my identity when needed, acting as a dry seat, keeping the elements out, and adding that bit of stylistic flair that more traditional cycling clothing just can’t offer. Well done, Nau. Well done.