Café du Cycliste x 66°North

Designed for the Worst Weather on Earth

PhotographersBenedict Campbell & Benjamin Hardman
LocationN 63°59.600 - W 19°03.660

“Dramatic trails and striking nature make Iceland a cyclist’s paradise,” says Matthew Woolsey, Global President of 66°North. “But then there’s the weather. Meeting Café du Cycliste on set in Iceland, they saw the same beautiful challenge we did. Our partnership developed from there.”

The collaboration

United by the belief that good design creates time outdoors, 66°North has joined forces with premium French cycling brand Café du Cycliste to present a special collection of technical gear.

66°North was introduced to the Café Du Cycliste team when they visited Iceland to tour the island’s iconic black lava trails. Shared values turned a chance meeting into a creative workshop. Both loved cycling and believed design could solve any challenge. Neither had approached the challenge of cycling through a North Sea winter. From that spark, an idea formed: a kit designed for Iceland could take on the worst weather anywhere.

This AW21 capsule is the partners’ first project together. Highlights include a packable GORE-TEX anorak, aerodynamic fleece jacket, and lightweight insulated layer, all built for exceptional resilience.

To put the product to the test, our friends Ágústa Edda Björnsdóttir and Eyjólfur Guðgeirsson, both among the most successful road racing cyclists in Iceland, took it for an all-conditions ride across the black lava gravel of Landmannalaugar, up and down Fjallabak Nature Reserve.

Café du Cycliste x 66°North

Skýli anorak

A packable pullover anorak made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM™. Windproof, water-resistant, and highly breathable, this lightweight shell is designed for packability and resilience, making it an ideal layer for bike packers (or those who don’t check the forecast). A packable hood, side-entry zipper, and reflective details add further utility.

"We have a cycling love story with Iceland where our eyes find a polar alternative to the French Riviera beauty,” says Remi Clermont, founder of Café du Cycliste.

Café du Cycliste x 66°North

Seigla jacket

Breathable insulated zip-up meant for activity in the cold. Cut to fit under a shell or be worn on its own, this technical jacket is both functional and stylish, with contrast stretch panels providing excellent agility. Reflective detailing on the cuffs and back hem ensure visibility, no matter the conditions. Four “drop” pockets on the back mean ample space for gear.

Café du Cycliste x 66°North

Landmannalaugar fleece jacket

A body-hugging insulator made of recycled fleece. The highly-breathable jacket features stretch paneling, a zipped chest pocket, and reflective detailing for visibility. Its distinctive pattern is inspired by the landscape of a treasured Icelandic nature reserve, from which the jacket also takes its name. Three “drop” pockets on the back keep essentials at hand.

“The cycling scene is as welcoming as it is fierce, facing harsh weather with a smile and giving us feedback on our products".

Café du Cycliste x 66°North

Landmannalaugar bum bag

A small, versatile bum bag made from recycled polyester. An adjustable strap lets wearers customize how it’s carried, whether cross-body, around the waist, or over one shoulder. Two zipped pockets (one large, one small) keep things organized within. Durable and stylish, it’s an exceptional choice for activities of all kinds, including biking, hiking, and festivals.