August 08, 2017
Santa Ana Road Suit
Written By Jordan Babb
Everyday Speed and Comfort
WE CAN’T FIGHT IT OR TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.
WE ACCEPT IT.
WE MANIPULATE OUR FORM TO MAXIMIZE OUR EFFICIENCY.
WE MAKE OURSELF SMALL TO MINIMIZE OUR EXPOSURE TO ITS OMINOUS COMMAND.
OUR SHOULDERS ROUND, WE TILT FURTHER AT THE WAIST, WE BRING OUR ARMS CLOSER TO BODY’S CENTER.
WE DON’T CHANGE THE WIND, THE WIND CHANGES US.
Santa Ana Winds
From the depths of the California desert come the hottest, driest winds in North America. California’s equivalent to the Scirocco of North Africa and the Brickfielder in Southern Australia, the Santa Ana phenomenon occurs when arid, hot air from the California desert escapes the high-pressure confines of the rain shadow and hurry West towards the cooler low-pressure system resting along the Pacific Ocean.
These winds transform the geography of the region. Mountains are eroded by their invisible force. Deserts move, eerily from east to west, creating new landscapes while burying structures both man made and natural.
The Santa Ana Road Suit
While bicycle technology continues to advance airfoil technologies, there are few things a cyclist can alter to mitigate the winds affects. Slight advances in aerodynamic performance yield minimal gains, all the while, suffering remains constant.
Just as it is mother nature’s task to shape the earth, it is Eliel’s to shape the cyclists form. The Santa Ana Road Suit is our take on improved aerodynamic efficiency via apparel.
A confluence of pure road comfort and race-bred aerodynamics, the Santa Ana Road Suit epitomizes Eliel performance. Call it the skin suit reinvented or the evolution of the bib short, this garment unites all-day riding comfort with best in class aerodynamics and fit.