Video: Happy New Year from the DHaRCO Collective

Happy New Year from all the crew at DHaRCO. Thanks for an awesome 2017. Time to “let go” and bring on 2018! No holding back.

While you’re here, check out Flow’s Top-3 posts featuring DHaRCO supported riders from 2017:

  1. Local Video: Cannonball – The EWS Dark Horse
  2. Video: Remembering Summer – Whistler 2017
  3. Video: EWS With Cannonball – Whistler to Finale

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Video: Remembering Summer – Whistler 2017

Sydney’s Northern Beaches based clothing company DHaRCO are going from strength to strength. Their support of the local riding scene along with local and international riders gives them a legitimacy that can’t be imitated.

As the bike park closes and the leaves start to fall we’re stoked to remember an epic summer in and around Whistler. Matt Staggs teamed up with local riders Jaime Hill and Sterling Christensen to put together this edit; and Aussie Jake Newell who makes his annual pilgrimage to Whistler.

Jaime Hill – Juliana Strega
Sterling Christensen – Nukeproof Mega

Jake Newell – Mondraker Summum

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Fresh Product: DHaRCO’s New Apparel Range

We’ve got a real affinity for Sydney-based apparel company DHaRCO. Designed for hot Australian conditions with an emphasis on simple, clean lines, using an inspired colour palette, it’s fantastic gear.


DHaRCO Gravity Shorts – Men’s and Women’s:

These are probably our favourite item in the DHaRCO range (along with the Tech Tees). We’ve been running these shorts for well over 12 months now, they’re the most regularly worn item in our mountain bike wardrobe.


We feel they’ve really nailed the balance between lightweight breathability and durability.”We didn’t want to weigh these shorts down with unnecessary features,” said DHaRCO, “especially in Australian heat.” There are two sensibly-sized, unobtrusive, zippered pockets – one on the left leg, and one round the back, on the waist band, which is all you need. There’s no liner, so chuck them on over your favourite set of knicks.


“We slimmed the fit down a little from last season,” explains DHaRCO. “The trail riding market has really taken to the shorts, and the slimmer cut is better for pedalling.” The same four-way stretch fabric found in last season’s shorts remains.


Short Sleeve Jerseys – Men’s and Women’s:

The range of men’s and women’s short sleeve jerseys has also been expanded, both in terms of colour ways and styles.

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The fit of the men’s kit is now a little more relaxed, and there are two styles, one with mesh side panels and one with an entire mesh back, for warmer conditions. Both styles include a hidden zippered pocket which is perfect for a lightweight item like a car key, a bit of cash or key card. A slightly elasticised collar has been added too, for more comfort.

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In the women’s range, there are two quite different cuts of jersey now – a  ‘standard’ slim fit jersey, and less technical Raglan cut. The standard SS jersey has all the features found on the men’s, including the hidden zippered pocket and mesh side panels, while the Raglan jersey has a simpler construction for a more casual vibe.

We’re keen to highlight DHaRCO’s role in helping improve the state of play for women’s mountain biking too. The women’s MTB apparel market is slim pickings at best in Australia, with many retailers unwilling to take on much stock. For DHaRCO, offering a proper range of women’s apparel was vital. DHaRCO got on the front foot, developing a complete line of women’s kit, and sponsoring female riders, and they’ve been rewarded with a strong following amongst female mountain bikers. “I’d say about 40% of our sales are in women’s apparel now,” says DHaRCO. “We’re also seeing a lot more mixed orders of men’s and women’s kit, so clearly more couples are getting into riding together too.”

DHaRCO have distribution in New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and the US, but they’ll ship products worldwide from their web shop too.

Riding with DHaRCO – Sydney’s Northern Beaches – the Aussie Lifestyle

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is the home of DHaRCO, where the lightweight and breathable apparel products were born and bred.

The idea behind the brand is balancing simple fashion in a casual laid back style, but with maximum technical capabilities.


DHaRCO teamed up with Mondraker Australia, Bliss Protection Australia, Dirt Merchant and Sean Anderson to release an edit showing the lifestyle and riding in Sydney, Australia.



The video is about life – work hard, play hard. It’s about finishing a day in the office and heading out to meet some friends for a ride, getting loose and ending with a cold beer at the beach. What could be better?

Coupled with sick riding, the edit shows the heritage of Sydney with natural rock features, berms, loam and the beach – all part of the local ride scene.


This is what we call no ordinary life



The film was possible thanks to the support of DHaRCO, Mondraker Australia, Bliss Protection Australia, Urge Helmets and

Filmed and Edited by the talented Sean Anderson (Boorangee)

And of course there is no edit without great riders, so big kudos to: Ryan Hunt, Matt Hardwick, Genevieve McKew, Jake Newell and Kellie Weinert

Behind the scene photos thanks to Matt Staggs. At only 16, a serious injury has seen him off the bike for 8 months and counting. So he has jumped behind the lens to make the most of his downtime.

Tested: DHaRCO Gravity Shorts

A couple of months ago we introduced you to DHaRCO, a new Australian apparel company with a style the we really dig. Blending mountain biking tech with a bold surf aesthetic, their shorts and jerseys grabbed our attention straight away. You can read more about DHaRCO in our profile here.

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For the past three months we’ve been trialling a number of items of DHaRCO kit, including their Gravity Shorts. Really, the ‘Gravity’ tag is a bit of a misnomer, and we’ve been using them for general trail riding an awful lot – we’ve been spending more time in these shorts than any other item of cycling apparel in the wardrobe. In fact we’ve run them through the washing machine so often that the once glaringly bright orange has begun to fade a little and become a tad peachy. We should have cold washed them…!

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What we like about the DHaRCO Gravity Shorts is their simplicity – they aren’t covered in vents and zippers, and they’re sold liner-free so you can wear them with your favourite knicks. For us, this is a plus as it keeps the price down and we always end up riding with bib knicks under our baggies. DHaRCO are quick to emphasise that their shorts are built for Australian conditions (i.e. warm weather), and as such they’re much lighter, more breathable and feel far less bulky than a lot of baggy shorts. So often, baggies feel like something a commando would wear into battle, but these shorts feel more like a nice pair of boardies.

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Storage is kept to a minimum, with just one leg pocket and a phone size pocket (unless you’re running the new MEGA iPhone) below the waist at the rear of the short. It’s a good place for a pocket actually, as you rarely crash onto that part of your body. Having only two small pockets means you don’t go loading your shorts up with all kinds of stuff that makes them heavy, saggy and hard to pedal in – keep your stuff in your pack instead.

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The fabric is a flexible four-way stretch, and the cut isn’t too long, so pedalling freedom is a strong point (another reason why we think the Gravity name is a bit misleading). There’s an inch or two of waist adjustment via velcro tabs, which we found useful so we could keep the shorts in place and stop them moving around on our bib kicks. In fact, if there was one addition we’d like to see with these shorts, it would be little more friction at the waistband, just to stop them slipping if you do happen to be a bib knick wearer.

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In addition to the orange here, the Gravity Short is available in a less #enduro black or navy blue. Simple, suitable for stinking hot weather, comfy, well-priced and local to boot – we give the DHaRCO Gravity Shorts two thumbs up.

Meet DHaRCO: The New Face of Australian MTB Apparel

DHaRCO is a new mountain bike clothing company born out of a desire to make products suited to Australian conditions. The result: custom fabrics suited to a warm climate, designs that riders will still reach for off the bike, and a functional simplicity, which comes into its own on the trails. Impressed with the cut, feel and visual appeal of the new range we sat down with DHaRCO Designer, Mandy Davis, to learn more about the work that has gone on behind the scenes.

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Davis is a downhill rider and racer who calls Sydney’s Northern Beaches home. She started the brand because she couldn’t find any clothing that suited what she was after in terms of comfort and style.

‘I wanted something Australian I guess,’ said Davis, whose designs reflect the Australian surf culture’s success in blending form and function with bright colours and a casual, comfortable feel.

‘I wanted something that was more lifestyle, that you would be happy to wear walking down the street.’ Something she wouldn’t feel self-conscious in if she wanted to do the groceries at Coles on the way home from a ride.

Davis had a close look at existing products and noticed that they included several extra panels to make them ‘look’ sporty, without adding any real performance benefit. ‘I did some analysis and worked with some pattern makers and said, “Is there any real functional benefit from that?” And we came to the conclusion that it was mostly aesthetic.’

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One thing we noticed immediately about the debut DHaRCO range is the soft but functional feel of the fabrics. Davis revealed that these are the product of a two-year design and research phase. She is a keen believer that you shouldn’t need a whole lot of bells and whistles on a garment, like complicated ventilation or adjustment systems, to compensate for the limits of the materials. A commitment to performance from the outset has resulted in innovative and practical fabrics that have been specifically developed for this Australian company.

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There was a lot of crash testing involved in the development of the fabric for the shorts. The winning material is durable, has a soft moisture-wicking texture against the skin, a water and mud-repellent outer, and is constructed in a way that still feels very lightweight and moves well on the bike. The shorts appear to be the company’s biggest seller so far with people trying them on and refusing to take them off, ourselves included. In fact, we’ve even been known to work next to the heater in winter, just so we can keep these shorts on after a ride.

‘The other feedback is when people ride, they just don’t notice that they’ve got them on,’ added Davis. ‘And I think that comes from the fabric which is really nice. And the cut is just really simple. Again, same sort of thing, a lot of other shorts will have various panels and sections that make them look really sporty, whereas I’ve gone with a simple line and a simple cut.


‘I think you feel this when you’re wearing them. They just feel easy to wear.’ They’re definitely a product to look at for Australian riders who find the thicker fabrics of other baggies too hot to wear through summer.

The range also includes t-shrts, long sleeve jerseys, and jerseys with a three-quarter sleeve. ‘The jerseys, for example the men’s three-quarter, are really awesome for Australia,’ said Davis. ‘The back is pretty much all mesh, and then the same under the arms. It just gives really nice airflow. The girls’ designs have mesh side panels. And then there’s the Dri-Release, which is a quick-dry type of fabric with a really nice feel.’

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Dri-Release is another fabric specifically developed for the company that has surprised us in terms of comfort and performance. It is used in the selection of men’s and women’s t-shirts that can be worn for a more casual look on or off the bike. We’ve been using them a lot for commuting as well, and like the soft feel, combined with fabric technology that doesn’t get whiffy after a couple of rides.

Another key distinction between DHaRCO and their competitors is that their women’s range provides riders with as many styles, and even more colour options, than the men’s range. This is something that girl riders will be particularly grateful for, and points to Davis’ reasons for creating the range to begin with.

‘You’ve got four choices in the long sleeve jersey and three in the three-quarter and three in the t-shirt. I think that variety sets DHaRCO apart,’ said Davis.

‘But the men’s stuff is equally really nice,’ she added. ‘The feel and the look are a little bit different to what’s out there. A bit more casual, a bit more down to earth, for the everyday person that wants to get out and ride.’