When you hear of the brand ZIENER, the first thing that springs to mind is warm, protective ski and snowboarding gloves. But for a good 16 years now, the Bavarian label ZIENER has also been manufacturing cycling gloves and clothes. Similar to its winter sports gloves, the brand’s cycling shoes impress with maximum performance, great protection and an excellent design. In this post, we’d like to give you a more detailed picture of the brand ZIENER and its cycling gloves and clothes.
ZIENER: from the Ore Mountains to Oberammergau
In 1946, master glove maker Franz Ziener senior moved from the Ore Mountains region to Oberammergau, in the Bavarian Alps. There, he opened his workshop and specialised in the production of high-quality glacé gloves. Six years later, famous skier Mirl Buchner (from Garmisch) placed an order for the very first ZIENER ski gloves. These winter sports gloves grew so popular that ZIENER became an official outfitter of the German national ski team between 1954 and 1984.
Ernst Ziener, Franz’s son, took over his father’s business in 1970. Although production was moved to Hungary, Yugoslavia and Asia, the development, design and cut of the gloves still take place in Oberammergau to this day. 10 years on and the brand was passed down to the third generation Ziener, Franz Ziener junior. Then, in 1992, ZIENER added clothes to its product selection.
Another 10 years after that, in 2002, the brand launched its first bike gloves, which were very popular from the beginning. It’s for this reason that ZIENER continued to research and develop its bike gloves. When the brand relaunched its logo and brand philosophy in 2013, its slogan became “ZIENER - Gloves, Skiwear, Bikewear”. Let’s find out together what makes this brand’s bike gloves and clothes so special.
ZIENER bike: gloves and clothes
Our partner ZIENER has split its bike collection into three main categories: all mountain, race and adventure. These usage areas have been clearly separated because each activity has different equipment demands. We’re now going to shed some light on the differences between the categories.
ZIENER All Mountain
The All Mountain clothing range is casual, innovative, robust and light. It’s perfect for the trail, Enduro and downhill bikers among you. ZIENER has redefined the term “hardwearing lightweight”, and it definitely applies to the All-Mountain series. The collection’s gloves’ distinguishing feature is the Touch Long, i.e. long fingers. These offer additional coverage and, thanks to breathable, fast-drying and hardwearing AX Suede, are extremely comfortable.
What makes the clothes stand out are their innovative materials and optimum functionality. The light yet windproof and insulating ZIENER EFEN hybrid wind jacket is perfect for your next ride. The low packing volume means that the jacket fits in the smallest bags and won’t weigh you down on the way up the hill. The matching ZIENER Ebner X-Function bike pants have ventilation holes on the inside of the leg for additional ventilation during climbs and descents. The fast-drying 4-way stretch material offers top comfort and optimum freedom of movement. Like the rest of the clothes in the collection, these pants look very casual, so they’re also great for wearing around the city.
As the name already suggests, the ZIENER’s Race collection is intended for dynamic cross-country, road bike and cyclocross riders. This series is all about long-distance speed. For you, this means low weight, low packing volume, ergonomic cuts and functional materials. The short-finger gloves, like the ZIENER Cadissa bike gloves, impress with functionality and comfort. The combination of hardwearing, leather-like AMARA material and a special non-slip silicone coating on the palm guarantees top support in all situations.
The bike bib CESIDIO X-GEL-TEC with GRIP CONTROL material at the cuffs and extra flat seams are perfect for your next speed tour. The ECONYL® yarn used to make the material is sustainably produced from recycled polyamide (old fishing nets, carpets, etc.). This fabric is odour neutral, soft and smooth and is also quite stretchy, so it feels great against the skin. Mesh panels in the braces and on the back provide the best breathability you could wish for. When you wear one of the tops from the collection, none of the pants’ functions are hindered in any way. Check them out for yourself.
The name of this collection is also self-explanatory. Whichever bike adventure you have in mind, the ZIENER Adventure collection can deal with it. The high-quality hybrid clothing offers coverage and comfort where you need it most. The material blend of protective, insulating materials and active, elasticated fabrics guarantees functional comfort on your bike.
Apart from great functionality, the Adventure collection by ZIENER also impresses when it comes to design: attractive colours, loose cuts - all of it easy to mix and match. But don’t take our word for it, try out these great products for yourself. You have the Cubor bike jersey, the Cang X-Function bike shorts, the Cofel wind jacket and many more to choose from.