Apparel & Gear Reviews: Page 32

Castelli Mondiale bibs

It would seem almost impossible to improve on Castelli’s Bodypaint bib shorts, but the company seems to have done it with the Mondiale. Castelli reduces the number of seams and panels on these bibs by bonding the straps and using “no-sew” side panels. The result is a bib short without uncomfortable seams, with one of […]

Garneau Air Light shoes

Testers raved about fit of the Course shoes, specifically the heel cup and interchangeable Icefit insoles, which lent a solid, secure feel that was complimentary to the stiff carbon sole. They’re wonderfully light, and feel like slippers. The carbon sole has titanium inserts, which seem a bit gimmicky. Carbon tends to do a rather good […]

Shimano RP9 shoes

Heat molding is popular elsewhere in the outdoor industry, but is still rare in cycling. It shouldn’t be. The fit of of Shimano’s RP9 shoe after heat molding is second to none. The process gives the shoes a custom fit, and is feature most competitors can’t touch. It’s an easy process, performed by most Shimano […]

Garneau Women’s Course Superleggera 2 jersey

Thin, slightly see-through mesh fabric crisscrosses the top of the jersey and over the shoulders — ideal for hot summer rides. More modest riders might look elsewhere or plan to always wear a base layer (which defeats the purpose of this super lightweight summer jersey), but we love the mesh sections and the massive amount […]

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 […]