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Whatever happened to Descente clothing?(10 posts)

Whatever happened to Descente clothing?Fez
Nov 11, 2002 10:04 AM
Was the best clothing ever. Comfortable and lasted forever. Haven't seen new stuff in the U.S. in over 6 years.

I'm getting tired of buying junk like everything from Pearl Izumi (quality and fit problems) or paying out the nose for $150 Castelli shorts.
They're right here...Cima Coppi
Nov 11, 2002 10:11 AM

re: Whatever happened to Descente clothing?Rubberbandman
Nov 11, 2002 11:08 AM
Recently, I read that late 02/03 is their first season back. They haven't been in the US cycling market for many years. It will be interesting to see how they do. I'm tired of the same old cycling clothing (dominated by PI).

You should check out...MrCrud
Nov 11, 2002 11:22 AM
...Biemme Clothing. I saw the 03 line from Descente, and it all seems fine, but nothing really impressive. Castelli is nice, but i totally agree they are nowhere near as good as the price they want. From what i've seen and tried so far, Biemme seems to offer 90% of the quality of Castelli, for much less dough. Check them out...


re: Whatever happened to Descente clothing?Qubeley
Nov 11, 2002 11:27 AM
You people made it sound as if PI and Castelli are the only brands in US. What about Giordana, Santini, Biemme, Nalini, Etxe Ondo, DeMarchi...
The DeMarchi jacket I got from World Cycling while on sale for $60 is the best deal I had this year. With a long-sleeve jacket under and a vest over, I was riding in the 30s last week.
re: Whatever happened to Descente clothing?Rubberbandman
Nov 11, 2002 12:31 PM
True there are several other brands. However, most of them are available primarily via mail order. As far as clothing is concerned, I like to try it on before I purchase it. The shops in my area carry PI and and maybe a house brand.

I wish there was a better selection of brands a my area lbs.

I heard they went downhill.... ;-b -nmgrzy
Nov 11, 2002 1:01 PM
Descente coming back to USPdxMark
Nov 11, 2002 1:16 PM
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 -- BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)--Industry veteran Hugh Walton launched Axcent Sports to distribute Descente clothing. Descente cycling clothing has been unavailable in the United States since 1995.

Walton signed a letter of intent with Descente North America to establish Axcent Sports as the exclusive licensee and distributor of Descente Athletic apparel. Descente Athletic will offer cycling, running, triathlon and general fitness clothing. Descente North America will continue to sell it high-end ski wear.

Takeo Ishimoto founded Descente almost 70 years ago in Osaka, Japan. In 1953, Descente entered the ski wear market with its stretch-style ski pants. Eric Heiden won five gold medals in the 1980 winter Olympics wearing a hooded, yellow, speed skating suit.

"The Descente brand carries a tremendous amount of consumer appeal, cacheand credibility," Walton said. "Even after being unavailable for a few years, you still see Descente gear on bike rides, which is a testament to the quality and durability of the product."

Walton came from apparel maker Hind, which he left in July after five years as company president. In 1995 Walton co-founded Dash America, the licensee of Pearl Izumi, and served as general manager there until 1995. Kathy Stacy, Pearl Izumi's head of sales for eight years, joined Axcent.

Axcent Sports, which will be at Interbike, will not sell online or in outlet stores, Walton said.
re: Whatever happened to Descente clothing?No_sprint
Nov 11, 2002 2:34 PM
Some of the best cycling socks I've got. I still wear them and they're still in good shape. I've got plenty of their ski stuff.
re: Whatever happened to Descente clothing?Chainstay
Nov 11, 2002 6:08 PM
I have a nice Descente long sleeve jersey that I bet I've had for 15 years. It's comfortable in a wide range of temperatures. I was never a big fan of their shorts though, they were thin and flimsy.