We first saw the new GoPro Karma drone when it was released in 2016, and again when they had to recall them for power failure issues (oops). Thankfully, GoPro are back in the air and hopefully have those hiccups behind them. Looking to expand their video prowess in the sky, GoPro have announced the new Karma (Grip) Flight Kit. Allowing action cam videographers who’ve already adopted the handheld gimbal-stabilization of GoPro’s Karma Grip to get back into the sky with a quadcopter drone kit that they can plug into for ultra smooth aerial video footage. Click past the break for the full details…
Compatible with their latest HERO4 & HERO5 camera offerings, the Karma Grip is said to all but eliminate camera shake and blur with 3-axis gimbal stabilization. The new $600 Karma Flight Kit includes the drone, controller, propellers, and zippered carrying pack, so you just have to plug in your existing Grip & camera setup. It’s everything you need to get your gimbal flying, without having to buy everything anew for more than a grand.
Mavic is bringing their mountain bike apparel line back to the U.S. with the new XA line of shorts and jerseys. Going for a more understated look with dark colors and simple designs, the line also has nice technical features too.
Both the XA Pro Jersey ($99.95) and Pro Jersey Long Sleeve ($109.95) use Mavic’s Trail Wick Wind material. This material adds protection from the wind while keeping it light. Small laser cut holes down the center of the back help add ventilation, which Mavic claims work even while wearing a backpack. Both are cut for a a more roomy fit, but are articulated to move well while in the riding position.
The XA Pro Short ($109.95) and Under Bib Short ($69.95) are designed to work together, but function separately as well. The shorts feature a DWR finish to repel water and use reinforced material in the saddle area to increase durability. The Under Short uses Mavic’s Wick Matrix Seamless construction to balance a soft feel with plenty of stretch and fast drying. The low cut increases ventilation without sacrificing the stability inherent in a bib short. Available now at local Mavic dealers and online.
Craft seamless, cooling tee with mesh panels and excellent moisture transport.
Comfortable fit and body mapped for optimal thermal regulation.
Recycled polyester mix for decreasing the environmental footprints, providing you that comfortable conscience about your environment as well.
KÜHL AIRSPEED LS Shirt – Men’s is the game changer.
Hot sun, high humidity, and stifling air are no match for KÜHL’s collection of AIRSPEED shirts with AirVolution™ fabric. AirVolution is a woven, technical nylon/polyester blend that blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays, wicks moisture and dries quickly. It feels like cotton against the skin but boasts all the performance of polyester.
Knit panels on the back and front sleeve allow greater freedom of movement. High-tech mesh panels are strategically placed to provide cool comfort and the ultimate range of motion. Strategically placed KONCEALER™ mesh panels increase airflow and comfort with a mesh so fine it can’t be easily detected by the casual glance.
Color shown (Carbon riders)
KÜHL’s exclusive articulated long sleeves with 5-panels provide freedom of movement and can be rolled up and secured with SAFARI STRAPS to the button tab.
The Men’s POC Resistance clothing is here because we all know to well, choosing the right Enduro worthy clothing for a day on the lifts can be as tricky as dicing lines on a brand-new run, but it fortunately now makes getting out the door an easy task.
Enduro (Black/white model)
The Enduro Jersey has a soft, cotton-like feel that is reminiscent of your favorite vintage tee, while its functionality is solidly modern high-tech. Moisture-wicking polyamide fabric from POC designers was not only meant to work hard, but to keep you cool and dry through mid-summer laps. All the while a relaxed fit easily accommodates any POC body armor or other early spring POC baselayers the day might require.
The HydraPak Stash Water Bottle is ready to make your life simpler in both the hiking world or on your bike, however you might choose to roll out in the world of nature. Check out all the Stash colors available, and its detailed spec list purchase info below…
Stash (Color Malibu Blue)
Sun is streaming through the trees, and your pack is full of all the water you’ll need to get to your next hydration source. Traditional bottles continue to take up space, even after you’ve chugged their contents, but this innovation now flattens when empty for more room inside.
Stash (Color Mohave Orange)
The Stash is ready for that steaming hot cocoa when you wake to frost or can be frozen for those hot summer days. It’s made from a durable TPU that holds up to use and abuse on the trail and is significantly lighter than traditional hard bottles. When empty, the design collapses down to a lightweight disc that you can attach to your harness or chuck inside until you’re ready for a refill.
HydraPak is very innovative with durable construction that’s BPA- and PVC-free.
Screw cap for easy access.
Backcountry water filter compatible, and has a flexible carry handle.
Volume: 32fl oz, 25fl oz
Claimed Weight: [32 fl oz] 3.3oz, [25 fl oz] 2.5oz
Stash can be frozen or filled with hot stuff to keep you warm.
Brrrrr Giro is here to the rescue! There is a chill in the air, and the whole Chrono series of clothing will make sure you don’t get left out in the cold. The Chrono have a clean design and are made with a perfect blend of nylon thread and Chrono polyester that gives them a soft feel while providing superior moisture wicking capabilities.
The Chrono Arm Warmers also provide enough flexibility to allow freedom of movement. All while it’s key the Chrono Arm Warmer remains not only in place, but comfortable as well.
If it warms up, the Giro set can be easily removed and stored in your Giro Jacket or your handy Giro Jersey pocket.
Redesigned for 2016, the men’s Flex setup make use of the new 7iDP polygon padding design to increase comfort and protection. They’re designed to promote flexibility and stay breathable while pedaling. The Flex have all the necessary features to help keep you safe on the trail. Lightweight and flexible padding hardens on impact to prevent injury. Comprised of Poly-Spandex 4-way stretch mesh, the 7iDP are comfortable and well ventilated, while providing optimal protection.
These Flex products are ideal because taking big risks calls for more protection, but with 7IDP that doesn’t mean added bulk and inconvenience. The 7IDP have adjustable straps to provide a custom fit that prevents slipping.
Constructed with Nylon Spandex, the 7iDP pads feature polygon perforated custom foam with a plastic cap. This lightweight and flexible setup also provide low-profile protection that’s accommodating the range of motion of your pedal stroke.
This Flex setup provides all the necessary features to help keep you safe in 7IDP company out on the trail. Lightweight 7IDP padding hardens on impact to prevent injury. Integrated pockets in easily accessible positions designed by 7IDP to allow for you to carry the essentials on all your rides.
The 7IDP can also be comfortably worn under a jersey, allowing full range of motion. Spine and shoulder pads can be removed and customized for optimal fit. Back pockets can accommodate a 2L hydration bladder with ease. Comprised of Poly-Spandex 4-way stretch mesh, the Flex is comfortable and well ventilated, while providing optimal safety.
Make no Tactic mistakes, as 7IDP are 100% confident in their protective wear, but that doesn’t mean they want you to constantly wreck. In fact for 7IDP to help keep you in control and traveling upright, 7IDP designed their new setup which is lightweight and resilient to keep your grip keen when the trail begs otherwise.
The 7IDP setup employs pre-curved chassis for comfort, and strategically placed silicone print on the fingertips for optimal tactility. While the Tactic microsuede thumb wipe panel is not only comfortable but extremely handy on cool weather days.
Elite level concepts can hold ground for times like when we’re pinning on numbers during the race season, and we expect our Elite level kit to be as minimalistic as possible; however, for training in inclement conditions, utility like having a quality jacket is our primary concern. While their Men’s Escape Jacket falls squarely in the latter category by combining a windproof, water-resistant Elite membrane with thermal insulation and a fit that’s friendly to winter layering.
The full-length Escape front zipper is backed by a draft flap, and the jacket is finished with two chest pockets and one rear pocket, all of which zip closed to protect ride cargo.
A cycling jacket equipped for winter’s worst
Windproof, water-resistant fabric
Elite hermal paneling for breathable insulation
Elite fit accommodates winter layering
Three zippered pockets secure and protect ride essentials
Reflective details help maintain visibility under overcast skies
Senza is all due to you’re loathe to abandon your Perfetto jersey as fall winds down. Similar to the Perfetto’s clean silhouette and incredible ability to shield you from inclement weather while preserving the same freedom of movement as your favorite warm-weather jerseys is enough to make us yearn for cool weather just so we can wear it again. We can’t stop winter’s imminent arrival, but we can deliver the news they created a winter cycling jacket modeled after the Perfetto to see you through the colder months. Sharing the same streamlined silhouette and weather resistance as the Senza, and the Men’s 2 Jacket comes with equipped with a warmer construction to take you comfortably through the cooler winter months.
The 2 main differences between the Senza and the Perfetto, as we mentioned, is in fabric construction. Gore Windstopper X-Fast fabric anchors the jacket, providing resistance to wind, snow, and rain while you’re out on the roads, as well as jacket-level warmth when the temperature drops.
We’d compare the Senza to a softshell, but that would suggest less freedom of movement than it actually has. Breathable Thermoflex panels at the sides give the Senza its stretchy, adaptable shape, ready to follow you as you change positions in the saddle.
Shown above the Senza will easily keep both wheel and road spray at bay by the longer Senza extended back hem, while reflective accents throughout the jacket help you stand out to motorists on dim winter days.
Trade your Perfetto for the Senza in time for winter
Water- and wind-resistant fabric ideal for cold weather
Form-fitting silhouette closely contours the body
Extended rear hem protects against wheel spray
Three rear pockets provide space for ride fuel
Reflective accents enhance visibility to motorists
Espresso is key, as winter always arrives, thwarting our autumnal bliss with heavy grey clouds and temperatures that dip far too low for thermal jerseys alone. Around the office, this is the cue for most of us to take out the trainer and resign ourselves to a few months in the basement, but if you’re looking to gain a competitive Espresso edge for your spring season, while the Men’s 4 Jacket will help you do it, as now you can be braver than we are and stay outside.
4 stretch panels integrated throughout the body of the jacket keep it moving with you as you shift positions in the saddle, and zippered ventilation openings allow you to add airflow on interval days. Also cut in a jacket silhouette that’s kind for a season of rich holiday meals and hearty food, it was crafted for miles that won’t always feel pleasant. They focused on equipping you to handle frigid temps and mixed precipitation, constructing the jacket with Gore’s venerable Windstopper X-Fast fabric to provide wind and water resistance for hours at a time.
A host of other innovative touches on the Espresso serve to enhance comfort on the bike, especially during a season filled with long, low-intensity base mile efforts. Their CrossWrap wrist closures keep the Espresso arm cuffs lying flat as you grip the bars, while a double-layered collar seals out especially aggressive gusts. The Espresso zippered vents not only help you stay cool, but serve as extra space to stash ride fuel or cash for the coffee shop, and they work with the three rear and zippered chest pocket to provide you with ample storage space. Finally for the Espresso, is reflective piping along the jacket’s waist enhances your visibility to motorists during winter’s limited daylight hours.
Build endurance through the winter cycling outside
Slim fit more relaxed than their race kit for comfort
Softshell construction blocks wind and rain for warmth
Mid get’s it done nicely when the unfortunate changing of layered seasons might occur, and means unpredictable weather up on the lifts. All you’ll have to do is to make sure to bring your Men’s Mid along for the ride. The soft fleece lining keeps you cozy while you chill on the chair, while a Mid windproof membrane blocks the breeze as you bomb through leaf piles in search of the next big jump.
Shock cord adjusters on the Alpinestars waist make sure the Layer stays secure, so no errant wind gust finds its way in, while Mid Velcro cuffs hold the hem snugly over your favorite pair of gloves. At the back, the Mid hem drops down just far enough to avoid the dreaded belt gap and keep your lower back warmly covered. They have capped the Mid off with zippered underarm vents for extra ventilation when the sun comes out or your intensity kicks up. While the Mid also adds a couple zippered side pockets to safely stow essentials you’ll need out on the trail.
Mid windproof softshell keeps you riding through the seasons
Soft fleece lining provides extra warmth
Regular fit leaves room for an additional shirt under it
Sosta designers took inspiration from the Italian word for “pause” when creating its Men’s Sosta Winter Shell, thinking about the times we choose to ride for the sake of riding, rather than for strict splits and goal paces. That type of riding often happens more in the off-season, which is when we’re finished with training schedules and weekend races.
So the Giordana crew know all to well, the rain and wind that accompany the off-season, while exactly the conditions they developed the Sosta to handle. The Sosta’s three-layer polyester/spandex shell comes coated in a water-repellent DWR coating, which blocks rain and strong gusts. Although still allowing the Sosta to remain ample breathable as you warm up.
Underneath its efficient shell, the Sosta comes with a merino wool lining, responsible for both insulating and using its natural ability to regulate temperature to keep you dry throughout your ride. Whether you pair the Sosta with a baselayer or thermal jersey, it will consistently ferry moisture to its surface to evaporate so you don’t end up cold and clammy after a tough climb to a gusty summit. Reflective accents help you stand out on dim, late fall roads, and three rear pockets are complemented by a zippered individual pocket to hang onto ride snacks and a view-capturing smartphone. As this is a more relaxed shell, they tailored the Sosta to be an easy layering piece, without giving it a hint of sloppiness. Its slim fit matches an equally clean style we’re unsurprised, but still thrilled to see from the Italian firm.
Product Details: Sosta
Enjoy the relaxed pace of the cycling off-season
Slim Sosta fit easily accommodates layering
3-layer shell blocks wind and rain
Merino wool lining insulates and regulates body temperature
Reflective accents keep you visible on dim roads
Assorted pockets safely store ride fuel and essentials
Ranger fits my personal criteria for a packable shell, although not a huge list for what a shell needs. It must obviously be water resistant, windproof, fit well, and important to be stowable in my pocket, which is where the Ranger falls in the spectrum of cool weather cycling gear.
Fox made it easier, becuase that climb you just finished had about five more switchbacks than you remembered when you rode it a few years back, but regardless. You’ve reached the top now, and just in time to see the sky glowing pink, purple, and orange as it approaches sunset over fall’s changing leaves. While you’re pausing to take it all in, pull the Men’s Ranger Shell out of your pack and zip it on.
The Ranger most definitely has your back, as you might’ve sweated plenty on the climb, but you know the descent will turn chilly quickly, especially once the last of that sunset light disappears. Although the Ranger is all about lightness, it won’t overwhelm you with insulation, but its DWR-treated polyester shell will repel water and shield you from the breeze you generate as you fly downhill. Two Ranger hand pockets provide space to stash essentials if you need them, and the entire Ranger packs incredibly small when not in use, so there’s no reason to not bring it along, just in case.
Product Details: Ranger
Prep yourself for a cold, fast descent in this light shell
DWR-treated fabric resists water and blocks wind
Lightweight, flexible design fits easily inside a small pack
RS get’s you prepared for fast-moving fronts and intermittent showers, the men’s setup conveniently packs into its own pouch for deployable protection from the wind and rain. The Men’s RS features a lightweight woven shell that’s wind and water-resistant, shedding passing showers and blocking blustery conditions from chilling your core on longer rides. Its ergonomic patterning provides a performance-orientated RS design with tapered sleeves and a fitted body for enhanced aerodynamics.
Sugoi offers super-convenient, highly packable protection, as the RS back zippered pocket not only holds your energy gels and small accessories while you’re riding, but it also acts as a self-folding pouch that fastens under your seat with its adjustable hook-and-loop straps. This makes storing your RS a snap when conditions don’t warrant extra protection, also providing on-the-fly, deployable RS protection when sudden storms threaten your cycling session.
Tech Specs: RS
The RS zipper is also waterproof, while you have additional options for access to jersey pockets underneath. When the clouds clear or you reach the bottom of a chilly descent, the RS easily packs down into its own pocket for easy storing in one of your jersey pockets. While the extended collar on the RS protects your neck from water, and reflective detailing on the lower back help keep you visible in the low-light conditions of a sudden spring shower.
Mortirolo will thankfully change your riding perspective to all 4 seasons. A sweet tech-jacket makes it easier, as dry winter days are often the ones that make us feel the guiltiest for not being out on our bikes, clear skies, bare roads, and sun bring far fewer challenges than messy, wet days do. If you’re thinking about training through the winter, whether for a spring goal race or because you’re tired of staring at your basement wall on the trainer for 3 months, the Men’s Mortirolo Jacket makes an excellent investment in dry day comfort. Lightweight and warm, the Mortirolo doesn’t come with as much protection from wind and rain as siblings like the Senza or Espresso, but what Mortirolo lacks in weatherproofing, it makes up for in lightness.
— Luna Grey/White/Black
Castelli cut with a slim 4 silhouette, the Mortirolo was bred for versatility, because it’s meant to be just as comfortable during a tough set of intervals as it is during a tempo ride or endurance-building base miles. Though not as contoured as their race kit, the Mortirolo easily accommodates a baselayer without ever appearing, or feeling, sloppy in the saddle.
A Gore Windstopper X-Fast Mortirolo front panel does shield against rain and wind, while their thermal Warmer fabric, aptly named, covers the back. It provides ample stretch and breathability to help you avoid overheating on cold days with warm sun, especially as you tackle hard efforts. Zippered Mortirolo vents along the chest further improve it’s ventilation, while a silicone waist gripper holds the drop hem in place as you stretch out into your drops.
— Red/Ruby Red
Ride through clear, cold days in this versatile jacket
Chest vents prevent the jacket from trapping heat
Slim fit accommodates a baselayer while remaining tailored
Fabric provides some wind- and rain-resistance with warmth
Drop hem with gripper protects against wheel spray
Reflective accents help you stand out on the roads
Monsoon fits my personal criteria for a rain jacket, although not a huge list for what a Shell needs. They are a jacket that obviously must be waterproof, windproof, fit well, and important to be stowable in my pocket. They meet those demands and more with this Men’s Monsoon Jacket, which ticks off each item on the list and adds a bonus: a buttoned chest strap secures the front even when the zipper is open to ventilate. That means in the Monsoon you can get some airflow after you descend a few thousand meters and the temperatures rise.
Giordana weather protection remains the Shell’s number one job, though, and the Monsoon eVent Spider membrane fulfills expectations. It’s water- and windproof, as you’d expect, but it also begins to breathe immediately in the Monsoon rather than waiting for the accumulation of moisture like many other membranes. That makes the Monsoon ideal for the kind of on-again/off-again conditions where packable rain garments really come in handy, helping to keep you comfortable even in changing conditions.
The Monsoon zipper is also waterproof, and additional rear zippers provide access to jersey pockets underneath. When the clouds clear or you reach the bottom of a chilly descent, the Monsoon easily packs down into its own pocket for easy storing in those erstwhile concealed jersey pockets. While the extended collar on the Monsoon protects your neck from water, and reflective detailing on the lower back help keep you visible in the low-light conditions of a sudden spring shower.
Product Details: Monsoon
A cycling jacket for just-in-case weather situations
Wind- and waterproof membrane protects against the weather
Begins expelling water vapor immediately to maintain a dry core
Chest strap secures front even when waterproof zipper is open
Packs into its own pocket for stowing when the sky clears
Rear zippers provide access to jersey pockets underneath
Reflective details help maintain visibility in dreary conditions
Spring is where it’s at, so why not get yourself inpsired equally for the Euro season of Classic races. Knowing they named the Men’s Spring Jacket after the harshest series of races on the calendar should tell you something about what the brand equipped the Spring to handle. The pelting hail, sheets of rain, and incessant winds you’ve seen following your favorite pros across Europe in the Spring are no match for it’s three-layer eliteTM shell, which comes prepared to block out wind and rain without trapping heat like a greenhouse.
Showers Pass used the Classic material in hardshell form on the front and back for the most protection, but switched the Spring to eliteTM softshell along the arms and sides to preserve the freedom of movement you’ll need in the saddle. They describe the Spring as following a race fit, but we’d lean more toward describing it as regular: well-tailored, but with plenty of room left over for a baselayer or jersey underneath. Wisely placed core vents and an aptly described “exhaust pipe” vent along the back of the Spring keep air moving, without causing the dreaded billowing effect that no kit-conscious cyclist wants.
Elastic at the Showers Pass waist and silicone along the drop hem help the rest of the setup stay in place as you move around, and a lined collar adds a little touch of softness in unpleasant conditions. And in case the sun unexpectedly pushes the clouds aside mid-ride, the entire Spring setup stuffs into its own zippered rear pocket, so you can pack it up and get on your way.
Product Details: Spring
This capable jacket is ready to take on tough-level conditions
Pouring rain and strong gusts are no match for the jacket fabric
Tailored, regular cut accommodates jersey or baselayer
Multiple vents prevent billowing fabric
Wealth of reflective accents keep you visible from all angles
Charles is perfect when it comes to winter cycling or snowy bikepacking trips, and Tech protection can’t be taken lightly. This amazingly cool jacket represents the German brand’s response to all the major challenges of cold-weather cycling. So if the Charles Jacket’s GORE-TEX membrane is any indication—then Maloja definitely takes anti-weather kit very seriously.
The Maloja incorporates the Techno 2.5-layer GORE-TEX Paclite membrane that’s waterproof, windproof, and makes the Charles breathable as well. So it keeps the outside out while ensuring that the inside of the Charles doesn’t sauna-up during work/rest cycles of winter cycling or Nordic cross-training. Taped seams and a water-repellent Charles zipper help ensure there’re no points of wintery ingress, and an adjustable waistband and hook-and-loop cuffs batten down the hatches against kicked-up snow and road spray. The rear waistband is finished with reflective print to help keep you visible to other trail or road users.
The Charles is perfect for snowy, cold conditions. It’s GORE-TEX Paclite membrane is virtually winter-proof. While the taped seams and water-repellent Charles zipper boost protection. For low light use the Charles also employs reflective details on the hem all to combine traditional cycling function with distinctive style.
Material — membrane/laminate GORE-TEX Paclite (2.5-layer)
With the Sugoi RS Zap Jacket, they combine two key elements in the brand’s catalogue. Which is the water-resistant, aggressively reflective material, which has established itself as the standard for inclement-weather cycling over the past several years. The second is the race-minded fit and articulation of the Racing System (RS) line of cycling clothing. When these Zap powers combine, the result is a Men’s RS cut according to their Pro Fit that packs an anti-weather, high-viz wallop.
The material may be the Zap headliner, but this RS model actually follows a very impressive opening act in the form of a relatively flap-free, ready-to-race bike fit. The combination of the two means the RS keeps water at bay, reflects light like a fiery beacon, and fits less like the shapeless rain capes of yesteryear and more like the summer-weight racing jerseys we prefer to spend our time in. The RS materials also breathe more like those summer jerseys, so keeping the rain out doesn’t mean trapping our own perspiration in.
The RS also features a supplement their titular fabric with MidZero inserts under the arms. This adds a bit of RS stretch—which is necessary considering the aggressive fit—and also boosts breathability compared to the commuter setup. That additional breathability comes in handy here because the cycling fit is for serious training and hard efforts on the bike. Those exertions create more of a risk of accumulating clammy moisture than a low-effort commute pace, so the jacket’s intended use demands more efficient breathability. This also means the seams aren’t taped, which makes it less waterproof but—again—lets it breathe more, further recommending it for competitive use.
Versa will become your staple for shoulder season riding in incliment, changing EVO weather. This lightweight convertible-jacket has removable sleeves to transform with ease to a vest, along with a rear pocket for stowing sleeves and essentials. While the Men’s Versa also features key cuff links, that protect the backs of your hands, then tuck away effortlessly in the Versa when not in use.
Sugoi water-repellent Evo fabric on the front provides high breathability while waterproof fabric on back, along with Versa arms to deliver the best possible weather protection you can get. Microfiber-track Versa interior moves moisture away from the skin and won’t overheat. While noted above the Versa’s Cuff Links protect the back of the hands for added protection. Also noted is the Versa droptail hem that provides additional coverage, reflective elements increase visibility and zippered back and chest pockets are perfect for stowing the Versa sleeves and all your other key cycling essentials.
The Mens Sugoi also features strategically placed magnets, for the removable sleeves to transform the top into a vest, while one rear pocket for stowing sleeves and essentials.
A cycling jacket for moderate winter conditions
Features water and windproof membrane shields against the elements
The Giordana AV 100 Jacket, actually stands for Acqua+Vento, while it’s a new line that runs the protective gamut from dark-side-of-the-moon extreme to this 100 lightweight. They are all water-resistant with different levels of insulation layers. While this Men’s AV falls neatly between those two poles by covering your body’s leading edges in a three-layer membrane and equipping the less-exposed back and underarms with a DWR-treated thermal material. They claim this combination is suited for “moderate winter conditions,” which covers temperatures in the 40s, with weather, layering, and personal preference pushing the range a few degrees up or down.
The AV owes its protective 100 pedigree to the waterproof, windproof, and breathable membrane mentioned above. While the AV’s constructed completely from this stuff would be equal to temperatures in the 30s, they tempered it with rear panels that forgo the wind protection in favor of a more breathable thermal material called Thunderbike. AV also has the Acqua Zero Evo DWR treatment to keep water beading and rolling off, but it regulates body temperature to keep you in your comfort zone when conditions don’t warrant the nuclear-option of the heavier AV Extreme, or 300, and the AV 200.
For many of us, this is the perfect amount of protection for cycling through the winter. It’s light enough to work as a standalone layer in the 40s, but it can layer into the freezing range either over the top of thermal base layers or as a super domestique mid layer. If you prefer to avoid riding in winter’s worst, then it can also serve as something of a barometer. When the temperature is too low or conditions are too extreme for it’s midweight protection, then it may be a better day to stay in on the trainer.
The collar is cut tall with a strategic shape in order to provide comfortable protection while you’re bent over in the saddle, and the rear hem is extended to help shield against road spray. That extension is hit with their reflective Pixel treatment, and reflective details throughout help keep you visible from all angles. Like the rest of the jacket line, the AV model is tailored to a racer’s body, so you don’t have to sacrifice a contoured, flap-free fit for winter protection. It’s finished with three standard pockets and a zippered security pocket, which provide space for ride essentials and accessories like spare gloves.
Double follows this truly core ethos, while its starting line is, well, XWarm. It’s still a layer-friendly, race-fit jacket, but it receives a sizeable thermal head start in the form of a Air Moa shell instead of the lighter Double models brushed fleece lining. This insulating layer is sandwiched between a weather-resistant membrane and a winter mesh lining, so the Men’s Double temperature range reaches low enough, but also works great layering with it.
The Nalini three-layer Air Moa XWarm shell insulation is the biggest difference between this model and other Double models, but the rest of the model’s protective measures see similar tweaks in order to boost its overall deep-winter utility. The Air Moa Double shell fabric comes with a Moa Manto W.R.T. treatment and a Moa Mantotec membrane, both proprietary finishes from them, which equip the Double to repel fog, rain, and even the occasional snow shower with ease. The Double’s fabric also blocks wind, and added touches like a zipper wind flap and closely tailored collar aim to protect you when you have no choice but to ride directly into an icy headwind.
In case the sun does manage to increase the air temperature, the Double employs key ventilation panels along the front to allow for extra airflow, while three rear pockets. Also to keep you safe the Double features ample reflective accents that keep you more visible with looming motorists when you’re out on the roads.
Nalini provided a host of nice finish details, including a three-layer construction, while it still remains impressively streamlined and light. Cut to follow your body movements in a riding position, the model follows their race fit, albeit one that’s designed for layering in colder temps.
Late-season jacket ideal for cold, misty base mile rides
Form-fitting cut jacket follows your body movements closely
Breathable 3-layer construction blocks rain and wind
Front ventilation panels promote breathability
Reflective silicone gripper holds bottom hem in place
Three rear pockets and one zippered security pocket
Milestone get’s it done nicely when the unfortunate changing of 2 seasons might occur, and means unpredictable weather up on the lifts. All you’ll have to do is to make sure to bring your Men’s Milestone along for the ride. The soft fleece jacket-lining keeps you cozy while you chill on the chair, while a Milestone windproof membrane blocks the breeze as you bomb through leaf piles in search of the next big jump.
Shock cord adjusters on the Alpinestars hood and waist make sure 2 ways are secure, so no errant wind gust finds its way in, while Milestone Velcro cuffs hold the hem snugly over your favorite pair of gloves. At the back, the Milestone hem drops down just far enough to avoid the dreaded jacket to belt gap and keep your lower back warmly covered. They have capped the Milestone off with zippered underarm vents for extra ventilation when the sun comes out or your intensity kicks up. While the Milestone also adds a couple zippered side pockets to safely stow essentials you’ll need out on the trail.
Milestone windproof softshell keeps you riding through the seasons
This Giordana AV 300 Jacket has you covered if you’ve committed to logging outdoor base miles, as kits seem to just keep getting better, like this model. The Men’s AV is not only lighter than the billowing, versions of the past, but the new crop of winter kits arrive cleanly tailored, made with hardworking 300 Extreme fabrics that are capable of both blocking harsh conditions and remaining breathable. Unsurprisingly, this model exemplifies this trend, delivering sleek aesthetics and a highly efficient construction prepared to see you through the very worst of winter this year.
As the warmest model in the lineup this 300 model vs the AV 200, will better complement low-intensity base mile rides the best. On the nastiest winter days, when you’re building endurance rather than suffering through intervals, your core temperature doesn’t rise nearly as much as it would on a punchier ride. Knowing this, they wisely gave the AV a three-layer eVent DVstretch construction, finished with a DWR treatment on the outside and a micro-fleece lining. Like the 200 jacket it’s face fabric shields against rain, sleet, and snow, the AV plush lining creates a lofted layer of warmth next to your baselayer, holding your own body heat next to your skin to keep you dry. This fleece lining on the AV is also highly breathable, designed to pull moisture away from your skin as you slowly warm up to prevent a damp chill from settling in.
In addition to the AV supple adaptable 3-layer fabric, they also equiped it with a luxuriously soft micro-fleece collar to seal out harsh drafts, as well as brushed Super Roubaix cuffs and a drop hem to protect against wheel spray. You’ll have trouble blending in on dimly lit winter roads when light strikes the Pixel reflective accents throughout the it’s body, this key luminescent material stands to prevent you from blending in with the grey winter landscape on lonely back roads.
The Giordana AV 200 Jacket with DVstretch has you covered because the more cold-tolerant among us can wear it alone into the 30s during high-intensity workouts while the cold warriors can add layers as needed in order to go even lower. These AV models describe perfectly where the happy medium between the 200 trainer crowd and the dedicated Winter Roadies.
The AV combines a windproof and water-resistant membrane across the chest and sleeves, as the mid-weight entry in their numerical 200 hierarchy, with panels of DWR-treated Thunderbike material across the back and in areas that aren’t leading into the coldest chill. That means the jacket’s leading edges feature the same elemental protection as the heavier AV 300 model but the trailing edges breathe and dump excess heat like the lighter G-Shield jersey. This combination lets it serve as either a barometer to let you know when conditions are too extreme for outside riding or a shell for deeper layering. Or opt for the AV Extreme that employs DValpine for the lowest temp model they make.
Though the AV is cut more like the breed of super jerseys that we’ve all been using to race in inclement conditions, a fit made even sleeker by the lack of the AV 300’s insulation and the addition of high DVstretch Thunderbike panels. The model eliminates excess flap and unneeded grams by sitting close through the torso, but it does extend at the collar and rear hem in order to offer more protection. It’s finished with reflective details and storage options including three standard rear pockets and a zippered pocket on the side.
AV follows this truly core ethos, while its starting line is, well, extreme. It’s still a layer-friendly, race-fit jacket, but it receives a sizeable thermal head start in the form of a Polartec Alpha 60 mid-layer instead of the lighter AV 300 models brushed fleece lining. This AV insulating layer is sandwiched between a weather-resistant membrane and a winter mesh lining, so the AV Jacket’s temperature range reaches lower than any other model in their wardrobe.
The Giordana Alpha 60 insulation is the biggest difference between this Extreme model and AV 300 models, but the rest of the model’s protective measures see similar tweaks in order to boost its overall deep-winter utility. Instead of the AV 300’s DVstretch membrane, while this AV shown here features a DValpine membrane. Like with much of its top summer-weight kit, they looked externally for material solutions to the typical cycling issues we all encounter. This search led it to eVent, a relatively young company that, since 1999, has been carving out space for itself in the breathable membrane market on the strength of its Direct Venting technology.
By maintaining a constant state of breathability, DValpine ensures that you don’t pay for those periods of increased effort with the gradual accumulation of a clammy chill as the ride goes on. Instead, it keeps you in what eVent identifies as the “dry zone,” a happy stasis of temperature and humidity to maintain comfort during intense bouts of endurance training.
In addition to virtually instant breathability, the AV DValpine membrane is literally waterproof and windproof. Compared to the DVstretch membrane in the AV 300, DValpine is more waterproof, just as windproof, and tests at a breathability rate of 20,000g/m² instead of DVstretch’s perfectly serviceable 18,000g/m². That means the AV’s built to keep you drier and warmer in worse conditions. There is a slight trade-off in stretch (DVstretch didn’t get its descriptive name for nothing), but that’s where their genius for fit comes into play.
Giordana provided a host of typical lavish finish details, including an inner layer of soft mesh that sits gently against base layers or skin and feeds surface moisture into the outer layers. On the outside, they incorporated the Pixel reflective ducktail that serves to protect against rooster tails while adding a healthy swathe of eye-catching reflectivity for increased visibility in low-light conditions. The standard complement of three rear pockets is supplemented with a zippered, waterproof security pocket, itself fast becoming an expected addition to high-end kit.
DWR treatment across the jacket’s entire surface
An insulated, weatherproof cycling jacket for winter’s worst
Windproof, breathable eVent DValpine membrane
Three rear pockets and one zippered security pocket
FR-C is your latest generation of clothing that’s been radically expanded with a host of additional models spanning the AV and Sosta lines. Fortunately for those of us who have become accustomed to the peerless fit and function of the FormaRed-Carbon (FR-C) line, the Sette Jacket remains one of their highlights. And since it enjoys top billing in a brand as elevated as them, this top is one of the most effective jackets in the industry as a whole.
The Sette’s main body and sleeve panels are made from DVstretch, a windproof membrane that features eVent’s Direct Venting (DV) technology. Whereas traditional polyurethane membranes don’t start breathing well until they’re already damp, eVent’s Direct Venting membranes start expelling water moisture as soon as it’s present rather than waiting for it to accumulate, helping to keep you dry even during work/rest cycles. That means Direct Vent can be the difference between riding home in comfort or wallowing in a clammy chill after exertions like hill repeats or intervals leaving you perspiring.
Their eVent membrane of choice is the DVstretch flavor, which combines that all-conditions breathability with windproofness and a DWR finish. The model won’t stand up to a full-on deluge, but water from light to moderate precipitation and road spray beads up and rolls off before it can penetrate and chill. Though keeps you dry from inside-out, and staying dry in winter cycling is key to maintaining a warm core.
As mentioned they shine in the form of their FormaRed-Carbon (FR-C) construction ethos. First and foremost, FR-C involves a race-ready cut. That means you’re not hanging up your painted-on race kit for a dumpy, tent-shaped canopy just because it’s chilly—no sacrificing fit for cold-weather function. Instead, the model fits like a race jacket, which is what we expect from the FR-C line. It’s not quite as form-fitting as an FR-C jersey because it’s built to accommodate a base layer when needed, but it still maintains a low profile to avoid bunching, flapping, and slop while you’re draped over the bars.The membrane is mated to a durable face fabric and a lightly brushed, low-loft inner face, which presents a forgiving layer to your skin or base layer. The jacket itself is finished with a host ofdetails, including SuperRoubaix thermal side panels in order to boost breathability without comprising elemental protection.
The FR-C cuffs and the inside of the collar are also SuperRoubaix, and the latter is shaped to protect in the saddle. The CamLock zipper is bookended by zipper garages, and the standard complement of three rear pockets is further supplemented with a fourth, zippered pocket. Light elastic and rear silicone grip keep the aggressively tailored FR-C hem in place, and reflective elements help keep you visible on the cold, overcast days when the jacket’s windproof water-resistance is a necessity rather than a luxury.
Breathable FR membrane blocks the chill of winter wind
DWR treatment on face fabric helps water bead and roll off
NS is your answer to shoulder-season clothing conundrums. On those will it/won’t it days when the chance of rain is in the 40-70% range, the NS Storm is an eminently packable barrier against the rain that is happy riding unused in a pocket for a few hours if the weatherman got it wrong. NS employs taped seams and a zipper overflap, which boost its foul-weather pedigree to the point of being literally waterproof. We wouldn’t recommend riding into a lake to test that NS claim, but you’d pretty much have to in order to get wet through this thing.
The NS overflap secures with magnets at the top and bottom, a design feature that aims to take the “flap” out of “overflap,” and the extended collar is lined so your throat isn’t exposed to the same unforgiving treatment that the cycling jacket gives both rain and road spray. When the clouds break, the NS packs down into its own pocket, making a ball about the size of a fist, so just-in-case rain protection doesn’t cost you an entire jersey pocket.
Waterproof that packs down for stowing
Fully taped seams boost the it’s anti-rain pedigree
Zipper overflap secures with magnets at top and bottom
Collar is finished with a soft lining for throat comfort
Packs into itself to stuff easily into a jersey pocket
RS comes from a region that has to be tolerant of cold weather, and recommends this cold-weather RS kit for suitably cold temperatures. As they recommend the RS for “when the weather is hovering around freezing,” while other tests also agree.
The RS title alludes to the key behind its cold-weather protection, 180 is a reference to the Firewall 180 material, which incorporates a wind-resistant laminate, a DWR-treated face fabric, and a brushed, thermal inner. The resulting membrane sandwich establishes a firewall against the elements by trapping body heat and protecting that trapped body heat from the wind-chill and precipitation that define winter cycling. As noted above, we feel that this combination is suitable for use in conditions into the 30s, but that range can be extended to below freezing with strategic layering.
Since the jacket is cut according to their Racing Series (RS) fit, it’s not quite as layer-friendly as the brands more relaxed models. While this race fit is cut more for an all-around athletic build. Firewall’s accommodating stretch helps here, too, allowing a bit more flexibility for additional insulation. We believe the ability to layer makes this mid-weight RS the most versatile option.
The jacket is finished with a brushed collar lining to warm and protect your throat, and the two rear pockets zip closed to provide security and weather protection to your cargo. The setup is also finished with reflective details to help keep you visible in the kind of low-light conditions that often accompany inclement weather or early morning departures in winter. These also tend to be the times when the jacket’s protective qualities are most appreciated.
For use in temperatures approaching freezing
Wind- and water-resistance for inclement conditions
Brushed thermal material breathes and insulates
Pro Fit silhouette reduces excess material and sits close
Two zippered rear pockets secure and protect ride essentials
This Canari Razor Convertible Jacket is perfect when you can’t decide what to wear on a chilly day, as all you need. With zip off Razor sleeves, this bike setup has the ability adapts to a convertible vest and presto , as the Razor sleeves easily stow away in your rear pocket.
They allow for you to keep on bike riding into the sunset, as this Convertible comfort is at a Razor premium. Thankfully though when riding during the fall season and those chilly mornings turn into afternoon sun, just remove the Razor’s sleeves, stow them in the back pocket.
The jacket’s super handy two-way front zipper makes it easier to throw the Razor on and take off. While the Razor is also thankfully made with durable Razor WindShear fabric, so that you will be safely tucked away from the tougher elements like wind and water.
Canari made it so now you don’t have any excuses, it’s time to get out on your bike more, regardless what cycling season it is, or how cold the weather might feel…
Canari Razor Convertible Jacket purchase info and for sale review at Jensonusa.com…
Canari fleece lined inner collar
WindShear wind and water resistant fabric
While on your bike you get zip off sleeves, now the jacket’s a vest that’s much more breathable
With Flex you make no mistakes, as 7IDP are totally confident in their protective wear, but that doesn’t mean they want you to constantly wreck. In fact for 7IDP to help keep you in control and traveling upright, 7IDP designed their new setup which is lightweight and resilient to keep your grip keen when the trail begs otherwise.
The 7IDP setup employs pre-curved chassis for comfort, and strategically placed silicone print on the fingertips for optimal tactility. While the Flex microsuede thumb wipe panel is not only comfortable but extremely handy on cool weather days.
Make no Transition mistakes, as 7IDP are 100% confident in their protective wear, but that doesn’t mean they want you to constantly wreck. In fact for 7IDP to help keep you in control and traveling upright, 7IDP designed their new setup which is lightweight and resilient to keep your grip keen when the trail begs otherwise.
The 7IDP setup employs pre-curved chassis for comfort, and strategically placed silicone print on the fingertips for optimal tactility. While the Transition microsuede thumb wipe panel is not only comfortable but extremely handy on cool weather days.
See the men’s Transition reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com …
Specs for “7IDP Transition Glove”
Transition perforated palm with debased logos and silicone grip on index finger and thumb.
Shimano made it so that now when rolling into a beautiful campground nestled among the high mountain evergreens, it’s nice to know you’re wearing your new more versatile cycling setup to cover the unrideable trek to your evening’s accommodations. Shimano MT5 were designed with outdoor adventuring in mind and appearing stealthily like an everyday athletic model, they blend comfortable walkability with cleat compatibility so you’ll be comfortable in and out of the saddle. With an outsole stiffness rating of four, fallings solidly on the comfortable touring side of the spectrum, they are durably built for functionality through long hours in the saddle, while setting up camp on foot, and hanging at any coffee shops you spot along the route.
Shimano used a synthetic upper that’s perforated for increased ventilation, with rubber reinforcement around the toe box for stability and protection. A speed-lace system spans the top of the Shimano setup for easy adjustment and a customized fit, and a hook-and-loop strap across the top of the foot holds the laces in place and provides an extra dose of support. Underfoot, a rubber outsole provides grippy traction over rocks, roots, damp staircases, and other obstacles, while shock-absorbing EVA foam increases comfort on and off the bike.
A casually SH-MTN Styled cycling set for bikepacking adventures
Fiberglass-reinforced shank plate provides efficient power transfer
Rubber outsole provides grip and walkability
Perforated upper with durable reinforcement
Quickly adjust MT5 fit with a speed lace closure with hook-and-loop security strap
Two-bolt cleat compatible
While streamlined road setups and burly Shimano trail models have their place, neither is very comfortable to wear walking through the grocery store amidst an afternoon of bike-powered errands or spontaneously scrambling up the trail to a waterfall you spotted while exploring a new riding route. Get versatile comfort in and out of the saddle Shimano’s MT3 Cycling set, with casual styling that blends in almost anywhere.
The MT3 synthetic upper features perforations throughout to promote cooling ventilation, and. A lace-up closure lets you quickly customize the fit. With an outsole stiffness rating of four, it falls solidly on the comfortable touring and recreational side of the spectrum, built for functionality through long hours in the saddle and easy walkability when you’re not clipped in.
Shimano designed these for riders without an off-season, as these Winter bike boots are ready to hit the trail and take on the elements. The Shimano MW7 are uilt as a cycling boot, as they feature a waterproof membrane and Shimano fleece insoles.
MW7 waterproof Gore-Tex® Insulated Comfort liner gives maximum weather protection and comfort…
Lace shield design and high-cut cover construction protects feet from muck and debris…
Shimano winter insoles with fleece liners provide cushioning and heat retention…
360-degree reflectivity for high Shimano visibility…
Torsional midsoles allow natural rider motion during downhill descents…
Rubber outsoles improve grip in wet and slippery conditions…
Shimano speed lacing system allows fast, easy adjustments and a secure fit…
Their Ascent XC Race Collection is born in the dirt, and Fox designer crew members have made sure it carries that same trait. As Fox specifically designed it for cross country and all-mountain riding, and features Fox trail specific functionality and durability for every level of rider.
Among the Fox elements included in this trail-tested are a specific design for added trail protection, and a wicking yarn body to keep you cooler and dryer. Find rear pockets easily on the Ascent without fumbling around for your things. While a silicone grip elastic at the rear hem to keep the fit right, and an audio port cord for your sound.
The Sidewinder setup is a tremendous value for the level of quality that Fox generously threw into it, to make it deliver true Fox satasfaction on the trail. It’s based on Fox’s Lynx (for the women).
But the Sidewinder model comes with a bit more refined design updated for the fit. Along with Men’s Sidewinder aesthetic and the Fox performance needs they feel today’s MTB riders are demanding. It’s time to step it up Sidewinder style…
See the Men’s Sidewinder reviews, purchase info at JensonUSA.com …
Features for “Fox Sidewinder Polar Gloves”
Among the nice touches are moisture wicking polyester Aircool main body. A soft noze piece on the thumb, along with a few traction grips on the palm for keeping them gripped.
Lazer is getting the Eurobike party started a bit early with a quick look at the newest helmets in their range. That includes the new Bullet Aero Road helmet above. Built with both aerodynamics and ventilation in mind, the helmet looks to move past the days of the Aeroshell in favor of a more on-demand venting system…
Other than giving the helmet a wild look, that design in the center of the helmet hides the adjustable ventilation slots which should give you airflow on demand. There is apparently an adjuster on the top of the helmet to open the front vent and permanently open back and rear vents to keep things cool.
The Tardiz2 takes similar design cues with the frontal vent, and continues with their Aquavent hydration port on the top of the helmet to dump water on your head when things are sizzling.
Lazer is also taking aero to the track with the new Track-Air which uses a shorter tail and trip wire on the top of the helmet for maximum aerodynamics while still allowing you to look around for that sneaky pass with minimal effect on the aerodynamics.
While the Revolution may finally get its removable chin bar, the helmet looks to have spawned an e-bike sibling with the Anverz. Certified to use with the higher speeds generated by e-bikes, the helmet has removable ear covers, a flip up visor, and the option for an Aeroshell.
If you don’t need the e-bike certification but still want to rock a visor, the Armor Pin may be your answer. Based on the Armor helmet, the front has molded pins that can mount accessories like a removable visor for zipping through the city in adverse conditions.
Released at Sea Otter, the Kali Lunati has just started shipping for $80. For that price, you’re getting all of their fit features plus an integrated action cam/accessory mount on the top.
It uses their Composite Fusion in-molding of a polycarbonate shell with EPS foam body, and comes with antimicrobial pads with integrated bug mesh, breakaway visor and locking buckle and sliders on the strap. Coverage runs deep on the rear, making it suitable for anything from XC to trail, even light enduro action.
Twenty five vents help move air over your head, and 286g weight keeps it from straining your neck. Available in two sizes – S/M (52-58cm) and L/XL (59-61cm) – it meets both EN and CPSC safety standards.
Smith’s Chromapop lens technology is nothing short of awesome. Available on their lifestyle sunglasses for some time, the tech makes colors more vibrant and ultra bright. The first time you put them on, it’s a wow moment.
Now, that same rainbow-bursting saturation is coming on their performance lenses. The Smith Arena Max (above), Arena and women’s Asana Pivlock interchangeable sunglasses will have the option, with multiple lens tints using it, as well as their Squad mountain bike goggle…
Shown above on the Arena are the Green Mirror, Sun Red Mirror, and Platinum Chromapop lenses, with a wide array of Arena frame colors to choose from. All also include the Contrast Rose Flash Chromapop lens in the package, retailing for $189. Light transmission ranges from 12% to 15%, plus a Chromapop Brown (not shown) at 17%, and the Rose lets in 48% for lower light rides or overcast conditions. Options for the Asana are the same, but pics aren’t available yet.
The Squad and Fuel V.2 (not shown) goggles both get Chromapop options for $85 and $95, respectively. Look for Red Mirror and Contrast Rose options, too, and each one comes with a clear lens for night riding.
Eschewing a domed lens to capture a full 360º panorama, the upcoming GoPro Omni uses a six camera array to capture a true 360º global view. Video samples below let you scroll up, down and all around to see any angle at all in up to 8K resolution. The kit comes with all six cameras, the case and all of the necessary hardware to combine the footage into a single video file. Retail? How bad do you want it??
Aimed at the higher end user, the Omni kit can be preordered for $4,999 with on-sale date of August 18, 2016. If you already own six Hero 4 Black cameras, you can get the Rig and some auxiliary equipment for $1,499 (but not the desktop editing software), then install the Omni synchronization firmware on your cams.
The housing is made of aluminum with an intentionally open air structure to help keep the cameras cool. The All-Inclusive kit includes a 7-USB/6-MicroSD card reader, a “master” camera design that’s synchronized to start and stop all cameras at the same time, wireless smart remote to make it even easier to control, and a Switronix battery to run external power through it to prolong video capture for up to three hours. Included software runs on Mac or PC and simplifies stitching it all together and can even convert the spherical 360º footage into standard ratio videos if you only need one angle for a particular segment or separate video. The finished footage is VR ready as well as user controlled on compatible browsers.
Video above shows the features, the two below show off its capabilities:
Video only works properly in Chrome and Firefox (sorry Safari). So, technically, it’s not virtual reality since it’s not shooting in 3D, but for headsets that use your phone’s screen to create an immersive video, this should be very impressive.
From Red Bull: Shot entirely on the all new GoPro VR unit (shoot past the break for details), slated for release next week, experience a ride on the all new 2016 Red Bull Joyride course like you’ve never seen it before. Captured in a full 4k, 360 degree experience, riders Ryan Howard, Justin Wyper and Dustin Gilding give you a preview of what to expect on August 21 when Red Bull Joyride returns to Whistler.
The 2016 course follows the same flow through the Whistler Bike Park allowing lots of flow and little braking – as the saying goes, ‘don’t fix it if it ain’t broken’. But, you can always make it better. An all new start section and flat-drop puts riders right into the action out of the gate with a total course length ringing in at 650m. The classic Joyride Cabin feature has also received a bit of a facelift, getting some new real-estate on the course along with a ‘whale tail’ built into the roof as opposed to the classic flat-drop from previous years. The show stopping final feature is one of the largest in the history of the event, weighing in at a massive 30ft.
Red Bull Joyride goes down Sunday, August 21st, available live on Red Bull TV on the date starting at 2pm ET.
Castelli and W.L. Gore and Associates have developed a new Jacket technology. As it now brings unprecedented levels of durable rain protection into what they term, the lightest and most compact Gore-Tex setup ever. The Castelli Idro can fold down to fill just half a pocket.
The Idro will be a hit, as it’s pretty comman to get caught in an unexpected downpour…totally unprepared. While the Idro may make the decision to bring a rainfly easier, thus provided you can afford it. Check out what makes it so pricy…
The Castelli Jacket uses Gore-Tex Active technology with a new permanent beading surface is an innovative fabric construction that eliminates the textile on the outer face of the fabric, resulting in a 2 layer fabric that is lighter weight and doesn’t absorb moisture on the outer face. Water rolls off, you stay drier, and it all packs away in sizes that were impossible to date until now.
Their take on this new technology is of course made for the cyclist seeking maximum performance. The anatomic Castelli fit which is optimized for a performance riding position will prevent the garment from billowing and slowing you down.
With the improved protection the Idro is able to share a jersey pocket with a phone, spare tube, and energy bar. While all of it’s YKK zippers are waterproof, and there’s a back zipper to access the jersey pockets. The wrist cuffs and torso are flush and elastic to help keep water from seeping under while moving. The Idro release date is now, and weighs in at 123 grams, priced at $350.
The Thule Chasm has been a favorite all-purpose gear bag over recent years. It’s been put through it all from the slop of cyclocross season, to snow and slush of mountain biking during winter, and has been hauled on the airplane as a carry-on bag. Thule has reported they have improved the bag though, with not only construction details but colors as well.
The new Chasm look includes a basic all black with some gray strap detailing, a two-tone teal with orange contrast details called Bluegrass, a two-tone red/orange combo called Roarange (not shown), and a simple black/navy blue that looks more similar to the current Chasm versions called Poseidon.
For improvements, the new Chasm recieved updated strap management, which includes a simplified snap closure to the duffel carrying strap instead of the slightly harder to align velcro, but more importantly a revised hook to secure the removable shoulder straps. Now it can’t detach at inopportune moments when fully loaded.
Other than that, the rest of the Thule Bags’ features carry over. They still use a waterproof tarpaulin fabric throughout to keep your gear dry, and a padded and 1000D nylon base fabric to protect the bag against wear or puncture. The rubberized tarp fabric does get a slightly thinner coating that is still waterproof, but was changed to make the bags a bit less stiff so easier to load.
The Chasm is still available in the small 40L, medium M-70L (that was tested), large 90L, and extra-large 130L. The extra-small at just 27L does not carry over with this year’s update. Chasm pricing is to remain the same, so ranging from 100-140€/$120-160 depending on size. The updated bags should be available through authorized retailers now.
The Sidi setup, as always comes with their incredibly durable materials, a mesh top, and perfectly balanced Sidi sole stiffness make for a no brainer choice when looking for a new set of mountain kicks. The Sidi Epic carries on one of the reputations they have been known for and has that certain “like a glove” fit along with their tradition of quality.
The Epic’s reinforced heel cups ensure your feet stay in the optimal pedaling position for churning the cranks while the stretch resistant material ensures a long lasting fit for miles to come. Good ol’ fashioned shoelace and velcro closures are dependable and make the Epic setup truly bullet proof.
Epic Politex suede effect upper material is rip, laceration, stretch, and fade resistant, and totally “green”.
Epic lace and velcro straps closure are both secure and adjustable for a customizable Sidi fit.
Sidi outdoor rubber high performance sole is perfect for variable trail conditions.
Pull-tab on the heel for fast transitions.
Reinforced heel cup keeps the foot in the optimal position.
The Fox crew gave them plenty of cool features like a new trail fit designed for on bike performance that keeps the Fox waistband in place while you’re climbing, and it improves pedal efficiency range when you’re in the saddle. Which is why the Fox Ranger are on everyone’s short list, and for good reason.
The Ranger get’s not only a new improved detachable Evo Chamois liner that’s designed with self lining edges, but the Ranger’s 2-Way stretch poly main body fabric is durable, abrasion resistant and comfortable. While another key ingredient are the zipper and flap closed cargo pockets are on board to keep hold of your things.
Ranger Spec List:
Ranger polyester 2-way mechanical stretch main body
Ranger interior adjustable waistband
Plenty of Cargo space with hand and two zipper/ flap closed cargo pockets as well
Northwave is showing off their new X-Frame enclosure system for the Extreme RR road shoes, while the new Outcross MTB lineup gets an outer-sole created in collaboration with Michelin, along with an interesting Outcross Knit lace up version. As the hustle and bustle of Eurobike always brings forward some interesting prequels to get the bike industry excited.
Additionally, the Rainskin jacket brings aero and waterproofing together using 4-way stretch fabric and… coffee?
Fresh from the cobblestone is the Northwave Extreme RR get the new X-Frame enclosure system that uses a single SLW2 dial to secure a dyneema cable, which offers improved strength to weight ratio compared to steel. The systematically placed cable loops are said to reduce pressure points on top of the foot by pulling the top flap evenly across. The unidirectional carbon sole has a stiffness index of 15, and weight for the Extreme is set at 220g. Pricing is set at 370€
The Northwave Outcross mountain series features a sole designed with help from Michelin. While all three options come equipped with the Explorer out-sole that features a stiff mid-sole platform for efficient peddling, and specifically placed flex zone for comfortable hiking. With Michelin’s OC compound, it’s said to get traction on all terrain. Both the Outcross Plus (top) and Outcross (left) get a 3D mesh build, paired with an abrasion resistant layer and strategically placed impact absorbing material. The SLW2 ratchet system sets the Plus apart from the Outcross which gets three Velcro straps. Additionally, the Plus will be available in a women’s specific version. The Plus weighs in at 440 g and priced at 130€, while the Outcross weighs 440 g and is priced at 100€.
The Outcross Knit (right) claims to be the first ever knit shoe in the cycling industry. The tied laces can be kept tucked under an elastic strap, and impact-absorbing layers give all around protection. The Knit weights in at 435 g and pricing at 90€.
The Northwave Rainskin Jacket prides itself on being both “aero”, and waterproof at the same time. The construction gets a 10,000 mm waterproof layer, and four-way stretch fabric which allows for easy movement and protection from the elements. Thanks to the stretch, the jacket is able to fit snugly around people of different builds, claiming to keep the aero advantage. For added protection it gets P4Dry and S.Café technology on the inner layer, which is said to help wick sweat, reduce odor, and maintain internal condensation. Lastly, by using their insulating tape on the seams, a wall is built to keep water from penetrating. It comes in one dark grey color option, and is priced at 130€ with seam tape, 100€ without.