Apparel & Gear Reviews: Page 31

Garneau Women’s Carbon LS-100 women’s shoes

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The LS-100’s light and stiff carbon composite sole provides impressive power transfer for out of the saddle sprints and hard uphill efforts. Plus, built-in ventilation improves airflow to keep your feet cool and dry on hot summer rides. The shoes come with two sets of interchangeable insoles designed for different riding conditions. The blue “Cool […]

Giro Factress ACC women’s shoes

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With a narrower toe box and slim last, these shoes are ideal for women with low-volume feet who like a snug fit. We had to size up a half step to from what we normally wear, but once we did, these shoes felt like they were custom-tailored around our feet. The soft and comfortable upper […]

Panache New School Plaid short sleeve jersey

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This jersey is clearly made for people who ride a lot — especially those who ride so much they have Chris Froome-like arms. The cut, while not uncomfortably tight, is snug; there’s no flapping at speed. And we love how the grippy cuffs secure the sleeves to the spots where our biceps would be if […]

Rapha Super Lightweight Jersey

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This update to Rapha’s summer top sees more secure pockets — the previous ones sagged quite a bit — added to one of the most breathable jerseys we’ve ever worn. It’s not the tightest cut around, but the airy fit seems to help with cooling and drying. Maybe not a first-choice race jersey. But for […]

POC Fondo Classic Jersey

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As the name would suggest, POC’s new Fondo line is built around looser fits and lower prices than the company’s more race-oriented apparel. Despite the forgiving cut, the big lycra cuffs and silicone grippers at the waist keep this jersey in place — though it doesn’t take a whole lot to get the pockets to […]

Hincapie Men’s Signature Jersey

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Incredibly forgiving four-way stretch fabric lets this racer-cut jersey stay aero without limiting mobility. The subtle reflective logo is a nice touch, but it would make more sense on the back, rather than the front. We do love the massive zippered fourth pocket — water resistant and big enough for tablet-size smartphones.

Assos SS.campionissimoJersey_evo7 jersey

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This jersey’s integrated mesh liner eliminates the need for a separate base layer. But if you prefer base layers to eliminate chafing from bib straps, it’s redundant — not that this tight-fitting top leaves any room for extra layers. The fit is typical Assos: awkward until you get into a riding position, then everything snaps […]

Lazer Z1 helmet with Lifebeam

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Lazer has combined the light weight, cool looks, and great fit of the Z1 with LifeBeam, an Ant+ and Bluetooth-compatible heart rate sensor for riders who loathe heart rate straps. The LifeBeam sensor fits within the helmet and presses against your forehead to read your heart rate, and it’s so small you’ll never notice it. […]

POC Octal Raceday helmet

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You’ll get close to that wind-in-your-hair feeling with the light, airy, enormously vented Octal. The aesthetics are minimalist, but the coverage isn’t, with extended protection over the temples and back of the head. POC has a thing for safety, an attribute we appreciate in a helmet supplier. The size adjustment system is easy to use. […]

Giro Synthe MIPS helmet

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Year after year the Synthe continues to impress us as one of the best helmets on the market. The incomparable Roc Loc Air fit system is only part of a grander equation that makes the Synthe a perennial favorite. Sleek aesthetics, 26 vents, and well-placed sunglasses ports are some of the other parts. The addition […]