Interbike: Scott launches protective RC ProTec kit

New carbon-impregnated material minimizes road rash if you crash

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The days of nasty road rash on shoulders and hips could be a thing of the past with Scott’s new RC ProTec jersey and bibshorts, which are constructed with a fabric designed to protect the skin in case of a crash.

The proprietary material, which was developed in partnership with Swiss fabric manufacturer Schoeller, is impregnated with carbon for better abrasion resistance. But words can only do this idea so much justice. Best to watch these two video demonstrations. It’s impressive stuff.

The new kit, which carries Scott’s Race Concept label, is slightly heavier and a little less breathable than a standard jersey and bibs because of the special material used in the thigh and shoulder areas. But that seems a small price to pay if you happen to go skidding across the tarmac during an office park crit.

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Scott has exclusive rights to the material for two years and says it may also migrate it elsewhere across its varied snow and bike product line. “Anywhere where fabric is tight to the skin is could be really beneficial,” said Scott PR man Nic Simms. “When you are sliding across the ground or on the snow, it’s that movement between skin and material that often causes the injuries.”

The Scott RC ProTec kit will come in sizes S-XXL. Only the pictured colorway is available for now. Pricing is $125 for the jersey and $145 for the bibs.

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This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • Jerry C. says:

    One Color … BLACK? Since visibility is critical for safety, how can Scott promote one safety criteria and completely ignore another? Scott, talk to me when you offer a selection of bright colors.

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