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Cycling loves coffee.
There's an unspoken rule that cyclists also have to love coffee. We're not sure why, or how the rule originated, but the association is reaffirmed by evidence spanning the classic image of Coppi at a six day race to virtually any current pro's social media account. Coffee is cycling, and that relationship provided the inspiration behind the Saint Anthony Industries Custom Denim & Leather Shop Apron. We partnered with Saint Anthony to combine the brand's craftsmanship with our mutual love of cycling and coffee.
The apron is based on the Machinist apron model, which is designed for barista work, but we petitioned Saint Anthony to adapt it from the coffee bar to the mechanic's bench by deepening the pockets so they'll hold wrenches. This means the pockets also have a tendency to irretrievably swallow chain pins and housing ends, but being able to bend over a bottom bracket or saddle clamp without the risk of a torque wrench toppling out of a shallow pocket and onto the top tube of your carbon race machine is worth it. It turns out that mechanics and baristas apparently have very similar needs, coverage-wise, as the apron's dimensions are within a couple of inches of the ubiquitous, flimsy aprons made by bicycle tool brands.
The body fabric is provided by Cone Denim, an outfit that has been milling high-quality cotton in North Carolina since the ambitiously named brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone launched the brand in 1891. In cycling terms, Cone is to American denim as Campagnolo is to Italian derailleurs. In addition to being durable, the material is breathable for pit wrenching during those early 'cross races where the mornings feel fall-ish but the temperatures rise with the sun and, by the time the A's are on-course, it's bright and balmy outside.
Saint Anthony acquires the leather for the straps as complete hides, cutting, stamping, and riveting it in-house—the true craftsman's touch. Everything is 100% made in the USA, and the apron itself is assembled in St. Anthony's facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. We've visited the workshop, we've seen the construction process, we've left incriminating, fingerprint-shaped grease marks on a sample apron, and we can attest that this thing is the most durable, functional, and just plain sexy apron we've ever used to get wrenchy.
- A mechanic's apron with a touch of luxury
- Durable denim and leather construction
- Premium materials sourced in the US
- Handmade in Saint Anthony Indsutries' workshop in Salt Lake City
- Q & A
Father's Day Gift
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Got this for my Dad this past Father's day and he was so unbelievably stoked. He's a hard working guy who starts getting his hands dirty as soon as he gets home from work. With that said, he usually doesn't even stop to switch out his shirt and tie for proper attire which is why this apron comes in handy. Classic aesthetic and gets the job done.
Totally unnecessary, but I love it
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
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Guys! This thing has a magnet sewn into the chest area where the pockets are! If you are working with something where you don't want to put a tool down just tap it onto your apron and hold the tool for easy grabbin. It is strong, and has held a craftsman 17mm box end wrench with no issues at all.
This thing is beautifully made. It is entirely hand made in the USA, the leather straps are well conditioned and nice and soft. Denim is nice and tough. I am a mechanic with a bit over 10 years experience, and I decided it was time to treat myself and get an apron I would never have to replace. It is a bit on the smaller side (I am 6 foot tall and the bottom comes down to mid thigh). All of the straps and the leather tool hooks and badge are held on with snaps and are removable, so you can wash the denim portion should it get too dirty. I love it.