GoPro Karma Grip Flight Kit / revised drone gets better

Gopro Karma Grip Flight Kit

Gopro Karma Grip Flight Kit



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.

GoPro.com

Mavic XA Pro MTB Apparel for the U.S.

Mavic XA Pro Long_Sleeve Jersey
Mavic XA Pro Short with Short Sleeve Jersey

 
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.

Mavic XA Pro Long_Sleeve Jersey


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.

XA Pro Short



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.

Mavic.com

Craft Cool Comfort RN SS Men’s Shirt

Craft Cool Comfort RN SS Men's Shirt

 

CRAFT FOR SALE PRICE $39.00 – 0% off

 

Craft Cool Comfort RN SS Men's Shirt

 

 

Cool Comfort RN Men’s Shirt/CompetitiveCYCLIST

 

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.
100% Polyester

TECH SPECS / SIZING

 

SPECIFICATIONS
Craft Aesthetic Extremely Cool style to say the least.
Material: 100% polyester
Neck Style: crew
Sleeve Style: Short
Men’s Cool Fit: regular
Recommended Craft Use: any style of fitness you might enjoy
Warranty: 30 days after Cool purchase date

Craft Cool Comfort purchase review here…

 

KÜHL AIRSPEED™ LS Shirt – Men’s

 

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.

ADVANCED FABRICS

  • Fabric 1: 53% Polyester, 47% Nylon | 2.5 oz/sq. yd; 84 GSM
  • Fabric 2: 85% Polyester, 15% Cotton | 4.7 oz/sq. yd; 160 GSM
  • Fabric 3: 86% Polyester, 14% Cotton | 4.7 oz/sq. yd; 160 GSM
  • UPF 30
  • Quick dry
  • Knit fabric on back panel and front sleeve for freedom of movement
  • Button-down collar, button front and 2 button-down chest pockets
  • Imported
Color (Khaki rear)

 

 

Zippered security pocket are hidden on the chest, and a Kuhl built-in custom sunglasses cleaner is sewn inside the bottom left placket.

Click here at KÜHL.com for purchasing info.

Color (Sky Blue rear)

 

 

POC Resistance Enduro Long Sleeve Men’s Jersey

POC Men's Resistance Enduro Orange Jersey

Resistance Enduro

 

PRICE $69.00

 

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.

Overview

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.

Resistance Logo (Black model)

 

SPECS

DON’T RESIST DROPPING IN.

  • First of all POC nailed the price of this men’s long sleeve
  • Recommended use is both Enduro racing and all things mountain bike
  • This Enduro Jersey naturally blends vintage comfort with newer modern technical materials
  • Soft fabric for the Enduro Jersey wicks moisture quickly away
  • Surfacing is resistant to abrasions for challenging Enduro tracks with the use of hook-and-loop straps
  • Material is Enduro worthy with 92% polyester, 8% elastane
  • Relaxed fit accommodates layers and Enduro padding
  • POC Manufacturer Warranty: they offer 1 year after purchase

HydraPak Stash Collapsible Water Bottle Review

HydraPak Stash Collapsible Water Bottle Sequoia Green
HydraPak Stash Collapsible Water Bottle Sequoia Green 

 

Collapse And Stash It Away!

 

HYDRAPAK PRICE $17.00

 

 

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…

Malibu Blue 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.

Mohave Orange 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.

Mammoth Grey Stash (Color Mammoth Grey) 




Check out the Stash Bottle review, sizes, pricing and more at Competitivecyclist.com.

SPECS

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.

HydraPak Stash collapsed 

Giro Chrono Arm Warmers

Giro Chrono Arm Warmers

Giro Chrono Arm Warmers



 

Giro Chrono Arm Warmers

 

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.

Price $35

See the Giro Reviews, purchase info and more..

 

FEATURES

  • Full Chrono coverage
  • Giro provides comfortable wicking performance
  • Secure Giro Cuff
  • Giro supports 3 different sizes from x-small to x-large, see the sizing chart here…

 

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7IDP Flex Short

7IDP Flex Short Review

 

 

Men’s Flex Short Review

Price $85.00

Purchase 7IDP here…

Discount 0% Off of $.00

 

 

 

 

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.

 





See the men’s Flex reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com

Features 7iDP Flex …

  • Flex polygon impact foam positioned on lower leg and rear coccyx
  • Branded Jacquard Knit waistband
  • Dual density perforated Pro Chamois features antimicrobial treatment and brushed fabric face
  • Polygon pattern is designed to conform to the contours of your body
  • Ample protection on tailbone and thighs
  • Flex fits comfortably underneath baggies or pants
MENS SIZE CHART
SIZE Small Medium Large X-Large
WAIST (INCHES) 27”-30” 30”-33” 33”-36” 36”-39”
WAIST (CM) 68.5-75 76-84 84-91.5 91.5-99

7IDP Flex Knee Guard Pads

7idp flex knee pads black

 

 

 

Men’s Flex Knee Pads

Price $49.00

Purchase 7IDP here…

Discount 25% Off of $65.00

 

 

 

 

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.

7idp flex knee guard cyan-blue

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.




See the men’s Flex reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com

 

Specs for “7IDP Flex Knee Gaurd”

 

  • Flex employs a hard-wearing, durable Nylon Spandex material
  • Double layer polygon perforated custom foam to increase air-flow and reduce weight
  • Upper calf muscle adjustable strap
  • Center adjustment strap provides even tension above calf music and around top of the pad
  • One piece foam section covers front and sides of with a plastic cap
  • Custom polygon neoprene

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7iDP Flex Body Protector

7idp flex body protector black

 

 

Men’s Flex Body Protector

Price $103.00

Purchase 7IDP here…

Discount 0% Off of $.00

 

 

 

 

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.

7idp-flex-protector-rear-pockets

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.

7idp-flex-body-protector-cyan-blue

See the men’s Flex reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com

Specs for “7IDP Flex Body Protector”

  • 4 compact pockets and 1 large rear pocket
  • Removable and customizable padding
  • Flexible and light weight pads, which harden on impact



 

 

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7IDP Tactic Glove – For Sale w/ Mens Review

7idp glove 2016 tactic blue

 

 

Men’s Tactic Glove

Price $19.00

Purchase 7IDP here…

Discount 46% Off of $37.00

 

 

 

 

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.

7idp tactic glove for-sale mens review

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.




See the men’s Tactic reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com

 

Specs for “7IDP Tactic Glove”

  • Tactic perforated palm with debased logos and silicone grip on index finger and thumb.
  • Pre-curved chassis for perfect fit.
  • Perforated palm with debossed logos and silicone grip on index finger and thumb
  • Pull on design with neoprene fitted cuff and ulna cutout for improved comfort
  • Reinforced thumb joint panel
  • Articulated knuckles for improved dexterity

 

MENS CHART
SIZE Extra Small Small Medium Large X Large
INCH 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
CM 18 20 23 25 28 30.5

7idp tactic glove yellow
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Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Softshell Jacket – Men’s

Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Softshell Jacket smoked_pearl_black


 

Pearl Izumi Elite Escape Softshell Jacket Review

 

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.

 

pearl-izumi-elite-escape-softshell-jacket

 

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.

pearl-izumi-elite-escape-softshell-black

  • 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
  • Item #ELI00F3

pearl-izumi-elite-escape-softshell-tibet_red

Tech Specs

Material
100% Elite polyester
Fit
regular
Pockets
1 rear zip, 2 chest zip
Hood
no
Reflective
yes
Recommended Use
Elite cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

For Sale $179.96

Pearl Izumi purchase with Pearl Izumi Softshell review at Backcountry.com

 

Castelli Senza 2 Cycling Jacket – Men’s

Castelli Senza 2 Cycling Jacket Mirage


 

Castelli Senza 2 Cycling Jacket Review

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.

castelli-senza-2-jacket_red

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.

 

castelli-senza-2_black

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.

castelli-senza-2_grey

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
  • Item #Senz00D9

 

For Sale $228.96

Castelli purchase with Castelli review at Backcountry.com

 

Castelli Espresso 4 Cycling Jacket Men’s

Castelli Espresso 4 Cycling Jacket Black

 

Castelli Espresso 4 Cycling Jacket Review

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.

castelli espresso 4 cycling jacket_mirage

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.

castelli espresso 4_ruby_red

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.

castelli-espresso-4_surf_blue

  • 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
  • Breathable fabric and vents prevent overheating
  • Wealth of pockets allow for ample storage
  • Item #ESPRESSO

Tech Specs

Material
Gore Windstopper X-Fast
Fit
slim
Length
hip
Venting
zippered front vents
Pockets
3 rear
Reflective
yes
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

For Sale $239.96

Castelli purchase with Castelli review at Backcountry.com

 

Alpinestars Mid Winter Layer Jacket – Men’s

Alpinestars Mid Layer Men’s Jacket grey-black

 

Alpinestars Mid Layer Men’s Jacket Review

 

$99.00

 

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.

 

alpinestars mid-layer jacket-mens-black

 

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.

 

Product Details

  • 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
  • Pre-curved sleeves provide free range of motion

Tech Specs

Alpinestars Material
soft shell, [lining] mid-weight fleece, [membrane] windproof
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Venting
underarm zipper vents
Pockets
both sides
Hood
no
Recommended Use
MTB

Alpinestars purchase with jacket review at Backcountry.com

 

Giordana Sosta Men’s Winter Cycling Protection

giordana sosta grey plaid

 

Giordana Sosta Shell Winter Jacket Review

 

Sale Price $311.96 $389.95 20% Off

 

 

 

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.

giordana-sosta-mens-grey-plaid

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.

giordana sosta mens-black

 

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.

giordana sosta men's black jacket

 

 

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
  • Item #GIO005M

 

Giordana purchase with jacket review at Backcountry.com

 

Tech Specs

Material
[shell] polyester/spandex blend, DWR treatment, [lining] merino wool
Fit
men’s slim
Pockets
1 zippered rear, 3 rear cargo
Hood
no
Reflective
yes
Recommended Use
cycling
Giordana Warranty
1 year

Fox Racing Ranger Men’s Packable Cycling Shell

fox ranger packable cycling jacket

 

Fox Ranger Shell Jacket Review – Black

 

PRICE $74.00

 

 

 

Save The Ranger For The Summit.

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 ranger men's packable cycling shell flo-yellow

 

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.

fox racing ranger men's packable-cycling-shell-black

 

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
  • Item #FXRacing01PM

Fox purchase with jacket review at Backcountry.com

Tech Specs

Material
100% polyester, DWR treatment
Fit
men’s regular
Length
hip
Pockets
2 hand
Recommended Use
mountain bike
Fox Racing Warranty
1 year

Sugoi Men’s RS Packable Protection From Winter Elements

sugoi rs packable protection berzerker green

 

Sugoi RS Packable Jacket Review – Berzerker Green

 

PRICE $89.00

 

 

 

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 men's rs packable jacket protection from winter

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.

Sugoi purchase with men’s jacket review at Backcountry.com

 

Material
HydroLite (100% polyester)
Season
spring, fall
Fit
semi-fitted
Length
hip
Pockets
1 zippered rear
Recommended Use
cycling
Sugoi Warranty – 1 year

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Castelli Mortirolo 4 Jacket

Castelli Mortirolo 4 Jacket mirage-black


 

Castelli Mortirolo 4 Jacket – Men’s Review Mirage/Black

 

PRICE $199.00

 

 

 

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.

 

castelli mortirolo 4 jacket-gey—  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.

 

castelli mortirolo 4 black—  Black

 

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.

castelli-mortirolo-4-red—  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

 

castelli mortirolo 4 jacket - men's surf blue—  Drive Blue/Surf Blue

 

Men’s Castelli purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Tech Specs

Material
[front] Gore Windstopper X-Fast, [back] Warmer
Fit
slim
Length
hip
Venting
zippered front vents
Pockets
3 rear
Hood
no
Reflective
yes
Castelli Warranty
1 year

 

Giordana Monsoon Shell Jacket

Giordana Monsoon Shell Jacket Mens Grey/Orange

 

Giordana Monsoon Shell Rain Jacket Review

 

PRICE $378.00

 

 

 

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 Monsoon Shell Jacket grey-orange

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

 

Giordana purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Tech Specs

Material
[membrane/laminate] eVent Spider
Fit
regular
Pockets
zippered jersey pocket access
Hood
no
Reflective
yes
Recommended Use
cycling
Giordana Warranty
1 year

Showers Pass Spring Classic Jacket

Showers Pass Spring Classic Jacket Men's Black


 

Showers Pass Spring Classic Rain Jacket Review

 

PRICE $288.00

 

 

 

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 Spring Classic Jacket Cayenne Red

 

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
  • Entire jacket packs away into its own rear pocket

Showers Pass purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Maloja Charles Tech Winter Jacket

Maloja CharlesM Tech Winter Jacket Avocado/Orange


 

Maloja Charles Tech Winter Jacket Review

 

PRICE $324.00

 

maloja charlesm tech cadillac jacket

 

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.

 

maloja charlesm tech nightfall-jacket

 

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.

 

Maloja CharlesM Tech Whiskey Men's Jacket

 

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.

Details

  • Material — membrane/laminate GORE-TEX Paclite (2.5-layer)
  • Waterproof Rating — 23,000 mm
  • Jacket Breathability Rating — 15,000 g/m²
  • Jacket Windproof Rating — <1 cfm
  • Reflective — yes
  • Pockets — 1
  • Manufacturer Warranty — 2 years

Maloja purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Sugoi RS Zap Cycling Jacket

Sugoi RS Zap Cycling Rain Jacket balistic-blue


 

Sugoi Winter Cycling Review

 

PRICE $149.00

 

 

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.

 

Sugoi Versa Evo Men's Cycling Jacket Balticblue

 

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.

sugoi rs zap cycling jacket-red

 

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.

Sugoi RS Zap Jacket purchase with review at Backcountry.com

Sugoi Product Details

  • Sugoi is setup for moderate winter conditions
  • Features water and windproof cycling material to resist rain, and the jacket’s highly reflective shields against the elements
  • Pro Fit sits aggressively to eliminate flapping material
  • Thermal rear and underarm panels with treatment
  • Design layers well or serves as a stand-alone top
  • RS extended rear hem and ergonomic collar
  • RS design has 1 zippered chest, and 3 open rear pocket

 

 

Sugoi Versa Evo Jacket Mens

sugoi versa evo jacket berzerker-green


 

Sugoi Versa Evo Winter Cycling Jacket Review

 

PRICE $129.00

 

 

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 Versa Evo Men's Cycling Jacket Balticblue

 

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.

 

Sugoi Versa Evo Winter Cycling Jacket Chili Red

 

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.

 

Product Details

  • A cycling jacket for moderate winter conditions
  • Features water and windproof membrane shields against the elements
  • Thermal rear and underarm panels with treatment
  • Design layers well or serves as a stand-alone top
  • Extended rear hem and ergonomic collar
  • The design has 1 zippered chest, 1 rear pocket

Sugoi Versa Jacket purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Giordana AV 100 Winter Jacket

Giordana AV 100 Winter Jacket Black


 

Giordana Winter Cycling Review

 

PRICE $299.00

 

 

 

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.

 

giordana av 100 men's pockets

 

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.

 

giordana av100 winter jacket-yellow

 

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.

Giordana AV 100 Jacket purchase with review at Backcountry.com

Product Details

  • Giordana thermal rear and underarm panels with DWR treatment
  • Giordana features water and windproof membrane shields against the elements
  • A cycling jacket for moderate winter conditions
  • Race cut layers well or serves as a stand-alone top
  • AV extended rear hem and ergonomic collar
  • The AV design and construction happens in their own Italian facility

 

Nalini Double XWarm Winter Jacket

Nalini Double XWarm Winter Jacket Black


 

Nalini Double XWarm Winter Jacket Review

 

Price $249.00

 

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.

nalini-double-xwarm-back-pockets

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.

 

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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 double x warm men's pocket

 

 

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.

Product Details

  • 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

Nalini Double purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Alpinestars Milestone 2 Men’s Jacket

Alpinestars Milestone 2 Men's Jacket Charcoal/Black


 

Alpinestars Milestone 2 Men’s Jacket Review

 

$149.00

 

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.

 

alpinestars milestone 2 men's jacket

 

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.

 

Product Details

  • Milestone windproof softshell keeps you riding through the seasons
  • Soft fleece lining provides extra warmth
  • Regular fit leaves room for layers
  • Pre-curved sleeves provide free range of motion

Tech Specs

Alpinestars Material
soft shell, [lining] mid-weight fleece, [membrane] windproof
Fit
regular
Length
hip
Venting
underarm jacket zipper vents
Pockets
both sides
Hood
yes, shock cord adjustment
Recommended Use
MTB

Alpinestars purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Giordana AV 300 Winter Jacket

Giordana AV 300 Winter Jacket black-orange


 

Giordana Winter Cycling Review

 

$449.00

 

 

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.

giordana av 300 rear-pockets

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.

Giordana AV 300 Jacket blue

 

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.

Giordana AV 300 Jacket purchase with review at Backcountry.com

Product Details

  • Giordana lavish form-fitting cut leaves just enough room for a baselayer
  • Giordana breathable 3-layer fabric seals out wind, rain, and snow
  • Push through winter’s nastiest in this sleek, capable jacket
  • Micro-fleece lining retains heat next to core
  • Plush collar and cuffs block out harsh wind
  • AV Radiant Pixel accents reflect light to keep you visible
  • Three AV rear cargo and one zippered rear pocket for ride fuel

 

 

Giordana AV 200 Winter Jacket

Giordana AV 200 Winter Jacket black


 

Giordana Winter Cycling Review

 

$374.00

 

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.

 

giordana av 200 black men's jacket

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.

 

giordana av 200 winter jacket-orange

 

Giordana AV 200 Jacket purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Product Details

  • Giordana drop hem and tall collar extend coverage
  • Giordana reathable, DWR-treated thermal fabric on the trailing edge
  • Reflective details boost visibililty without hampering breathability
  • Perfect mid-weight cycling jacket appropriate for most of the year
  • Four AV pockets including a zippered side pocket
  • AV is windproof, water-resistant DVmembrane on front panel

 

Giordana AV Extreme Winter Jacket

Giordana AV Extreme Winter Jacket


 

Giordana AV Extreme Winter Jacket Review

 

$499.00

 

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.

giordana av extreme yellow-fluorescent jacket

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.

Product Details

  • 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
  • Polartec’s Alpha 60 mid-layer provides thermal insulation
  • Attention to fit and detail put it atop our wish-list every year

Giordana purchase with review at Backcountry.com

 

Giordana FR-C Sette Winter Jacket

Giordana FR-C Sette Winter Jacket


 

Giordana FR-C Sette Winter Jacket Review

 

$340.00

 

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.

Giordana FR-C Sette Winter Jacket black

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.

giordana fr-c sette back-zipper-pocket

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.

Product Details

  • Breathable FR membrane blocks the chill of winter wind
  • DWR treatment on face fabric helps water bead and roll off
  • Underarm thermal panels enhance breathability
  • Lightly brushed lining for low-loft insulation
  • Slim fit makes for low-profile protection
  • Three rear pockets flanked by reflective strips
  • Zippered security pocket for personal effects

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Giordana NS Storm Cycling Rain Jacket

Giordana NS Storm Rain Jacket black


 

Giordana NS Storm Cycling Rain Jacket Review

 

$274.00

 

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.

Product Details

  • 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

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Sugoi RS 180 Jacket

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Sugoi RS 180 Cycling Jacket Review

 

$174.00

 

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.

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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.

Product details

  • 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

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Canari Razor Convertible Bike Jacket – Men’s

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Canari winter cycling review

 

Highlights…

Becomes a vest

 

■■■ ONE MODEL. WORKS ENTIRE SEASON! ..

 

Concept
Bike XC/ Trail or Road
WEIGHT
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Material
Durable WindShear fabric

Description

 

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.

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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.

canari razor convertible green jacket

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

Key Features

  • 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
  • Razor 2-way front zipper
  • Razor rear zip 9-inch back pocket

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7IDP Flex Glove

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Men’s Flex Glove

Price $32.00

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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.

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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.





See the men’s Flex reviews, purchase info at Jensonusa.com

Specs for “7IDP Flex Glove”

  • Flex perforated palm with debased logos and silicone grip on index finger and thumb.
  • Pre-curved chassis for perfect fit.
  • 4 way stretch mesh back with screen printed logos
  • Pull on design with banded low profile cuff

 

MENS CHART
SIZE Extra Small Small Medium Large X Large
INCH 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
CM 18 20 23 25 28 30.5

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7IDP Transition Glove

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Men’s Transition Glove

Price $19.00

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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.

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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.
  • Pre-curved chassis for perfect fit.
  • 4 way stretch mesh back with screen printed logos
  • Pull on design with bended low profile cuff

 

MENS CHART
SIZE Extra Small Small Medium Large X Large
INCH 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
CM 18 20 23 25 28 30.5

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Shimano SH-MT5 Mountain Bike Shoe Review

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SH-MT500 Cycling Setup

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
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.





MT5 shoe review and purchase info

  • 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

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SH-MT300

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.

MT3 shoe review and purchase info

  • A casually SH-Style, versatile cycling set
  • Rubber outsole provides grip and walkability
  • Breathable perforated upper
  • Shimano lace closure dials in the fit
  • Two-bolt cleat compatible

Shimano SH-MW7 Gore-Tex SPD Winter MTB Shoes Review

Shimano SH-MW700 Gore-Tex Winter MTB Shoes
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SH-MW7 Gore-tex SPD Winter MTB Boot

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

 

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…





MW7 test review and purchase info at REI.com

Outsole Vibram rubber SH-MW500
Waterproof Yes
Cleat Design SH-XC700 2 hole
SPD Compatible Yes
Crankbrothers Compatible Yes
Footwear Closure Single-pull Lace
Traction Tread Yes
Shimano Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 13 oz.

Fox Ascent LS Jersey – Cyan Review

Fox Ascent LS Jersey - Cyan

 

Men’s LS Jersey

Price $119.00

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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.

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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.

Fox Ascent LS Jersey - Red





See the men’s Ascent reviews, purchase info at Competitivecyclist.com

Specs for “Fox Ascent LS Jersey

  • Ascent rear pockets with zip stash pocket
  • TRUDRI Italian fabrics with wicking yarns
  • Silicone grip elastic at rear hem
  • Optics wipe at inside hem
  • Audio cord port
  • Reflective media loop
  • Reflective logo at sleeve
CHART
SIZE Medium Large Extra-Large
CHEST 36-39″ 40-42″ 43-46″
SLEEVE 33 – 33 1/2″ 33 1/2 – 34″ 34 1/2 – 35″

Fox Men’s Indicator Prints LS Jersey

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Men’s Indicator Prints LS Jersey

Price $74.00

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The Fox setup is a tremendous value for the level of quality that Fox generously threw into it, to make it deliver true satasfaction on the trail. It’s based on Fox’s LS jersey (for the women).

But the Fox Indicator model comes with a bit more refined design updated for the fit. Along with men’s Indicator aesthetic and the Fox performance needs they feel today’s riders are demanding.





See the men’s Fox Indicator Prints reviews, purchase info at JensonUSA.com

FEATURES

Among the nice Indicator touches are moisture wicking polyester main body. A soft optics wipe on the inside hem, along with a media loop and reflective logo on sleeve for keeping it hip.

  • Indicator Print is Optimized to be design specific
  • Long Sleeve is ideal for when the temps drop lower during the fall/winter and spring seasons.
  • Comfort flex for easier natural body movement
  • Indicator optics wipe at inside hem
  • Indicator logo on top to keep it hip

Measurements should be taken as indicated. For more accurate/indication for the shirt sizing.

SIZE CHART
SIZE Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large



Fox Men’s Sidewinder Polar Gloves Review

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Men’s Polar Gloves

Price $35.00

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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).

Fox Men's Sidewinder Polar Gloves Black

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.

  • Optimized Sidewinder specific design
  • Comfort flex for easy movement
  • Wrist closure
  • Fox logo on top to keep them hip
SIZE CHART
SIZE Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large

Lazer releases the future with new Bullet Aero Road, Anverz E-Bike helmet



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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…

Lazer 2017 helmets eurobike preview

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.

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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.

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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.

Lazer 2017 revolution helmets

 

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.

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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.

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Kali Lunati XC MTB Helmet



Kali Lunati XC Helmet

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.

kali lunati xc mountain bike helmet

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.

 

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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.

 

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Smith Arena Max and Women’s Asana Pivlock Sunglasses get Chromapop Performance Lense

Smith Arena Chromapop Sunglasses

Arena

 




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…

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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.

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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.

Ahe Arena mode are available in September.

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GoPro Omni VR Camera and the Rig films Red Bull Joyride 360º video





GoPro Omni VR camera virtual-reality 360degree action-cam

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??

GoPro Omni VR Video camera

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 Idro Lightweight Gore-Tex Rain Jacket





Castelli Idro

IDRO JACKET w/ Lightweight Gore-Tex

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.

Castelli Idro packable Gore-Tex Rain Jacket

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…

Castelli Idro Lightweight Gore-Tex Rainjacket rear

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.

Castelli Idro Lightweight Gore-Tex Rain Jacket

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.

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Thule Chasm Small S-40L / Medium M-70L Duffel Bags with new straps / colors

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Chasm L-90l Duffel Bag – New Navy Blue Color




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.

Thule Chasm Large l-90l Duffel Bag

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.

Chasm Large 130L
Chasm XL-130 L

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.

 

 

Chasm 70L Black Grey
Chasm M-70L Black Grey

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.

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Sidi Epic Mountain Bike Adventure Shoe Testing Review

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Epic Shoes for adventure…

Price $174 discounted 43% to $99




 

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.

Details

  • 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.
  • Purchase the Sidi Epic Mountain Bike Shoes at Jenson.com, with product review and more…

 

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Fox Ranger Cargo Print Men’s Shorts

Fox Ranger Cargo Print Men's Shorts

 

Ranger Cargo Print – Men’s

 

Price : $89




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.

Fox Ranger Cargo Print Shorts blue-grey

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
Ranger Men’s Size Chart
Size 32 34 36 38
Waist 31-33″ 33-35″ 35-37″ 37-39″
Inseam 30 1/2 – 31″ 31 – 31 1/2″ 31 1/2 – 32″ 32 – 32 1/2″

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Northwave Extreme RR, Outcross MTB Shoes, and Rainskin Jacket




Northwave  Rainskin Jacket tester

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?

Northwave Extreme RR Shoes grey

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€

Northwave Outcross Plus shoe

 

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€.

Northwave Outcross mountain Outcross Knit shoe

 

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€.

Northwave Rainskin Jacket
photo c. Northwave

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.

Northwave.com

 

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