Machines for Freedom F/W 2015
Words by Anna Maria, Photography by Chris Henry and Tayler Rae Dubé
One of the first editorials we ran at Pretty Damned Fast was a shoot with me and Tayler Rae Dubé wearing Machines for Freedom. Having just recently launched, few knew about this amazing new brand, made just for female cyclists. Similarly, few people had heard of us, a digital magazine that was going to run women's content exclusively. Tayler and I were blown away by Machines for Freedom's cool Californian aesthetic. We loved the name and what it stood for, and we loved the revolutionary design of their bib shorts.
Fast forward a whole year and it's amazing to see how we have both grown. Ultimately, it's a reflection of the community at large. We exist because you get out there and ride.
It is with much pleasure that we bring you a look at MFF's newest kit. Cycling photographer Chris Henry and I did a shoot in Riverside park along the Hudson River, paired with detail shots by Tayler Rae Dubé, and we think this kit looks as great in New York City as it does in Los Angeles!
This was my first time wearing the second version of their bib shorts. The fit feel is consistent with the first version. I noticed a little more give and suppleness in the new fabric. It is the same short length, perfect for those cultivating a higher tan line or petite women who don't want a long inseam. MFF now provides a disposable fit panty which can be really useful in find your fit. I find that MFF runs true to size, but it's comforting to order two sizes and keep what fits best. Because I dislike the look of sausage legs, I have always sized up in other brands. With MFF sausage legs are a thing of the past.
While MFF bibs get all the praise, the Horizons Jersey fit is truly exceptional. Many brands with raglan sleeves bunch around the underarms and bust. MFF jerseys are fitted regardless of bust size and shoulder width. The fabric of the new jersey has a great hand feel, and is much more matte than the previous two offerings. It's perfect for warm weather cycling, and the faint water color pattern goes along way to mask heavy salt patterns on particularly grueling rides.
New to this season is the Galaxy Wind Vest. Ultra sleek and mostly black with a touch of subtle stardust print on the shoulder and interior collar panels, this vest is stylish and flattering on all body types. The lightweight fabric is fully wind and water resistant and folds up small enough to tuck in a jersey pocket. The back panel is mesh, which allows for air flow and makes this vest perfect for the transitioning seasons.
Top it all off with the Horizons Cap. It comes in two colors, one in a light blue with turquoise detail, pictured below, and the other in dusty rose. Both perfectly match the Horizon's Jersey and, unlike most caps, come in two sizes; small and medium.