How do you improve upon perfection We imagine that Assos wrestles with this question every time it starts to design a new product. However, where Assos differs from others is that it's able to fall back on its Werksmannschaft factory team and dedicated equipe campionissimo riders you're probably one of them for inspiration when it gets an artistic block. And for this year, that's exactly what Assos did. Listening to constant feedback, Assos designed the finest gilet in its history with the iG. falkenZahn Vest. Don't let the name fool you, this gilet has nothing to do with either falcons or teeth we're using the literal translation, here. Instead, the iG. falkenZahn vest is the latest delivery from the Assos Werksmannschaft. What's this Without getting lost in translation again, it's the Assos factory team. The rider development arm of Assos since 1978, the Werksmannschaft rides through real world conditions every day in order to develop apparel to meet the needs, concepts, and designs of the 'Assosnatic' cyclist. This year, its initiative was to create a new layer of versatility for the Assos Layering System ALS. So, how does it work Starting with the construction, the falkenZahn has six fabrics strategically placed throughout the gilet, with the bulk of construction being comprised of the exclusive Assos RXQ material. This fabric features a dual layer composition where the outer layer appears fleecy, and the inner layer is razor thin. Assos considers this final layer to be a 'transportation' textile with the dual purpose of moving moisture away from the skin and insulating. The concept operates on a push pull methodology, where sweat is pushed away while warmth is pulled in closer to the body. However, none of this could take place without RXQ's hollow fiber construction. The open cells perform all of the aforementioned, only at an accelerated pace. Additionally, the material has natural antibacterial properties. Altogether, the system is highly eff...