A sweaty back, a flopping pack and the annoyance of feeling hindered by weight swinging from their shoulders drove Specialized product developers to create a new form of MTB apparel.
Credit: Lear Miller for Vital MTB
The developers at Specialized were on their regular trail rides and naturally tried to find ways to avoid using a pack. They were cramming bottles into riding short and blowing out buttons. They were hand-sewing makeshift pockets into jerseys and doing anything they could to carry the gear necessary for a typical ride without a bag on their back. Ultimately they came together to move past the DIY stage and get a proper solution figured out for themselves and the masses. SWAT apparel, Storage Water Air Tools, was born.
Learn more about Specialized SWAT apparel like the bib and short liner pieces which serve double duty for comfort and temperature control as well as storage for items like water bottles, energy bars or cellphones.