By Jessie-May Morgan for BikeRumor.com
Since their inception in 2014, in the historic textiles borders village of Innerleithen, FINDRA have quietly been building a strong reputation for fashionable, functional, quality outdoor clothing. Alex Feechan, the FINDRA founder, originally set out to create a range of women’s clothing for mountain biking, launching a range of merino wool-based items that were not just practical for adventures in the great outdoors but also fashionable and understated enough for a civilised trip to the pub after a long day on the hillsides. We visited their Design Hub last year before the launch of their ‘Designed by Demand’ men’s range. FINDRA continue their history of textiles innovation with the new Stroma Technical jacket made from recycled coffee grounds.
Stroma technical jacket
The jacket’s high-performance fabric, boasting a waterproofing value of 10,000mm, is made from an eco-friendly ‘coffee yarn’ composed of coffee grounds and plastic bottles. Not only is it good for the environment, it is also deodorizing, fast drying and naturally UV resistant.
Alex explains, “The unique fabric of this jacket is in keeping with FINDRA’s sustainable, innovative ethos. Our customers have been asking us for a jacket since we started out, they wanted the next layer to add to FINDRA’s popular base layers and merino wool tops, and we wanted to give them something extra special”.
The jacket was designed and tested in collaboration with the Adventure Syndicate’s Lee Craigie, a woman who has devoted her life to cycling and helping others explore the outdoors on two wheels, and who, by a country mile has the best voice in the industry. I’m not the first to say it and I certainly shan’t be the last!
Alex said, “This jacket has been two years in the making and has been tested by elite mountain biker Lee Craigie, so it’s been put through its paces. Lee wore the first version and we made improvements based on what she had to say.”The Stroma technical jacket is lightweight with a relaxed fit and a breathable outer layer. It features a dropped rear hem and draw cord adjusters to protect you from the elements, while the sleeves have internal cuffs with thumb holes and taped seams. Concealed pockets and lightweight, waterproof zips all add up to a stylish yet performance-drivenwater-repellent jacket.
The Stroma Technical Jacket is available in two colourways – Teal and Nine Irons, which is a beautiful charcoal grey, and costs £159. It is available from today direct from FINDRA.