Spatz have evolved through countless cold wet miles in The Yorkshire Dales. They are designed from necessity.
Spatz are the brainchild of professional cyclist and NFTO team manager Tom Barras. Tom needed a solution to cold, wet feet whilst cycling.
In the winter of 2006 he put pen to paper and developed early prototypes, but the right materials were not available yet. The project was shelved until Tom retired from cycling competitively.
Fast forward to the winter of 2016, Tom met a famous triathlete in Ilkley, Yorkshire for a standard Wednesday bike ride. It was freezing cold and the roads were flooded. But they need to ride for 4 hours. They needed to train. As the rain ran down their faces and the wind gathered, they headed out up Wharfedale.
The triathlete's feet were wet and cold as the spray from his front wheel ran down his shins and into his shoes. Tom’s feet were warm and dry. Tom’s overshoes were hugely different. Tom was wearing Spatz prototypes he’d made on his dining room table. He hid them under his cycling tights to keep them away from prying eyes.
The triathlete thought the prototypes were revolutionary. A game changer. He wanted to be part of Spatzwear.com. A partnership was born between Burnsall and Grassington.
Tom developed the prototypes using his sewing machine and glue. The triathlete donated some fabrics. 10 generations of prototypes evolved; each sleeker, warmer, more ergonomic and more aerodynamic than the last. They were able to train in the cold and wet without cold feet being a problem.
If you can train more than your competition - you’ll beat them.
But they needed another element. A person with not only product development and retail skills, but also experience in extreme conditions. Tom knew just the character; John Wood. John is an experienced Special Forces veteran. He has operated at a super elite level all his life. At the time we write this he is at Camp 4 on the slopes of Everest.
He knows about extreme weather. He knows about materials. He knows about sport (he owned the NFTO Pro Cycling Team) and he knows what it takes to be at the top of your game.
Between the three of them, they developed an overshoe system which will allow you to train longer and further than your competitors in cold wet conditions. Spatz will shield your lower legs and feet from the elements like no other product.
Spatz: You won’t know you’re wearing them. But you're glad you are.