In the three years we’ve been doing this blog, it’s always a treat to get one of our many amazing multi-talented customers to get behind the keyboard and tell us about their gear. Whether purchased in our shop or elsewhere, we, at The Spindle, love talking gear that we can test or potentially bring to our customers. With so many positive endorsements from several friends, we’ve decided to bring Search and State on as a new brand. Our rad ass friend, Damon a.k.a Crocodile Brown, indulges us with his forethought on their tops. His story and causes are admirable and we hope you also dive into seeing the positive things he does for the community around him, as well.
MY SEARCH AND STATE CYCLING APPAREL
A LOVE STORY
My cycling style and profile are different and varied to say the least. I ride a lot,
but not often (or maybe it’s the other way around). On top of that, my routine is as
multifarious as my iTunes catalog. You see, I may beat around town after work or
shift between my office in downtown, to a lunch in the AUC, to a meeting in
midtown, and, then, to an event at the State Bar. Or, I may ride the open road or
get left behind in a crit race.
Most of my riding, of course, is as part of my personal cycling initiative
(@bikeGAcounties) to bike in every Georgia county (again), benefitting
FB4Katl.org. It is on those rides that I tackle the rolling terrain north of the metro
area, the coastal views south and east of it, the agri-rural areas to the south and
west, and then the small and historic towns between here and South Carolina. I
have come to realize that in the midst of all of those rides, the truest constant has
been use of one of my four (4) Search and State cycling jerseys (I also own a
long sleeve merino base layer that is like butter in the winter week we experience!)
The S1-A green, the Aloha, the S1-A black, and the Patriot, sound like interstate
highways or wrestling moves. But, for me, they have been much more than that.
Those layers of intricately woven fabric serve as a barrier for me from drag and
from the sun. They serve as a trusted valet, allowing me to store personal
belongings and other essentials for the haul – long or short.
I can’t tell you about them technically. I’m just not that smart. I know what they tell
me. They (DJ Khaled voice) tell me the jerseys have a refined fit, offer reliable
performance, are tough and luxe and, like me, are made in the USA. I have seen
nothing to prove any of that wrong.
What I can tell you is, they are durable. I can tell you that they keep their form
and shape. My first SAS is over 2 years old and still performs today, the same
when it did when I first wore it biking in South Beach. I am guaranteed a
compliment about the jersey each time I ride, be it from fellow cyclists as part of
the MACC One Love, the waitress at the BBQ restaurant in Hiawassee, the
courthouse sheriff’s deputy in Webster County, the hotel clerk at the Jekyll Island
Club Hotel, the iron man participants in Augusta, or from your mom.
I can also tell you they are pretty. Yes. If you aren’t concerned about the look of
your apparel in addition to the feel, you’re dumb. You see, I am not built like
Daniel Teklehaimanot, nor do I have the metabolism of an Alonso Tal. But my
jerseys fit and feel comfortable – every time. Every time mashing. Every time I
zoom down the Beltline at 3.78 mph. Every time. I mean, you gotta feel
comfortable. And, AND, they allow me to stand out from the crowd, without
looking like I am about to sling shot Peter Sagan down the last 5km of a GT race.
They all have been used on days when I will ride straight for 50+ miles. They
have all been used on days when I commute in to work. They have all been used
on days that I have attended meetings. They have been used with base layers
underneath, and without. I use the hell out of them. Which means I wash the hell
out of them, and wash and wash. Colors are still robust and shape is still willing
to mirror whatever shape I may be in at the time (naturally I hang them to dry and
believe that makes a huge difference).
I got no complaints. THEY have told me that, from time to time, they are prone to
snag. I don’t know where those folk were riding but, even with an occasional trail
ride that I have put two of them through, no snags for me (please don’t be a jinx).
Let me tell you one other thing that has brought me back to SAS time and time
and time and time again. I like their story. Up until now, there has been no dealer
I could purchase from so all of my interaction has been via the web. Their service
is strong. Their commitment to building products in the US is unparalleled. Their
separate efforts in the community and at highlighting important causes are top
notch. I like their story.
So, while that review turned out to be something like a creepy love story, I am
#sorrynotsorry. I am looking forward to building the other parts of my cycling
closet with the bibs next and other essentials. Taking my relationship with SAS,
like my cycling, to the next level. dee
To learn more about the @bikeGAcounties initiative and support FB4Katl.org, follow Damon on Instagram (@damonelmore), Twitter (@bikeGACounties) and, most important, support the initiative with a tax deductible donation via http://www.razoo.com/story/bikeGAcounties2