Apparel & Gear Reviews: Page 31

Giro Empire ACC Reflective shoes

The best-looking shoe to hit the road in recent memory takes another aesthetic step forward with the new hi-vis finish. Actually, it’s more than hi-vis, these Empires are dazzlingly reflective. So much so that looking down on a sunny day can be startling. Everything we’ve always loved about the Empire — the infinitely adjustable laces, […]

Pactimo Ascent Air 2.0 women’s jersey

The super-breathable Ascent Air 2.0 has a slim fit that forms nicely around the body without feeling restrictive. The jersey’s side and back panels are made from mesh-like material that increases airflow and kept us cool and dry on hotter rides. The front and the arm panels are made with Pactimo’s “Speedskin” material for claimed […]

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pursuit women’s jersey

The P.R.O. Pursuit jersey is all about the technical materials. Dimpled aero fabric lines the jersey’s sleeves, smoothing airflow over the shoulders to reduce drag while laser-cut ventilation panels improve airflow to keep you cool and dry. Made from 80-percent polyester, the Pursuit jersey feels thicker than other lightweight summer jerseys, but it keeps you […]

Assos SS.laalaLaiJersey_EVO7 women’s jersey

Yep, it’s tight, and it hugs the body with a near-elastic fit, but this Assos jersey (we’re not typing that name twice) is shockingly comfortable, thanks to the tailored, women’s-specific cut. The sleeves are just a touch shorter than we’d prefer, but the cuffs are tight enough to help hold up arm warmers without feeling […]

Bell Gage MIPS helmet

Combining a classic look with modern crash protection, the Gage looks good on just about everyone and fits comfortably. It’s well ventilated with 26 channeled vents, and the MIPS technology provides an additional layer of protection. The Gage stays secure with Bell’s TAG fit system, which features an adjustment dial that turns easily even on […]

Northwave Extreme shoes

Low weight often requires compromise, either in a flimsy sole or upper, but that’s not so with the Extremes, which use Northwave’s robust SLW2 closure system — two dials and a Velcro strap — to provide an even, hot-spot free fit. The carbon sole is quite stiff, as one would expect, and has a vent […]

Hincapie Edge women’s jersey

The Edge embraces a racer cut but combines it with looser shoulder panels for improved freedom of movement. When riding upright on the hoods or on the tops, the sleeves flaps a bit in the wind, but when bent over in a low and aggressive position, the jersey fits snugly for an aerodynamic fit Silicon […]

Catlike Whisper helmet

We like the Whisper’s looks. We love its 39 vents and exceptional fit, the latter due to tons of adjustability in the harness. That distinctive look does more than just make you stand out on the group ride. The vents are positioned for plenty of air flow through the helmet, keeping you cool on hot […]

Velocio Men’s Classic Jersey

This jersey is a new favorite of everyone at VeloNews who’s had the chance to test it. The just-right fit is raceably trim without being confining; the low, snug-but-open collar keeps things aero without being claustrophobic; the relatively long arms hit exactly where we like, and the color-contrast bands add just a subtle bit of […]

Velocio Origami women’s bibs

These are hands-down our favorite bibs for everyday riding, racing, coffee rides, and everything in-between. Not only are they the coolest-looking bibs, with a unique origami pattern stretching across both leg bands paired with navy blue material, but they are some of the most comfortable bibs we’ve ever worn. Designed in collaboration with Australian pro […]