Apparel Reviews and News


Interbike 2013: POC Launches New Road Helmet, Apparel Line

With a nod toward safety first, Sweden’s POC has made a big plunge into the road cycling market.

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Review: Voler Black Label Cycling Collection

Voler’s challenges Euros with classy Black Label cycling apparel. The new Black Label line hits new heights in performance, comfort and aesthetics.

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Eurobike 2013: Hovding Airbag Bike Helmet

The Hovding Airbag bike helmet seems so alien but it has serious effort and engineering behind it.

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Quick Take: Cat-Ears Wind Noise Reducers

Utilizing the same basic function as the fur that surrounds a cat’s ear, Cat-Ears do a credible job of turning down the volume on wind noise while on your bike. Cat-Ears easily attach to your helmet strap, come in four models and 14 different colors, ranging from safety orange to glacier white.

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New Jersey Is Ode To Lumberjacks and Maple Syrup

Apparel maker Sugoi has partnered with Cannondale Pro Cycling team rider Ted King to produce King’s first signature custom jersey, the “King of the Road.”

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16 Cool (Mostly) Bike-Related Things From OR Show

The Summer OR Show (aka Outdoor Retailer) brings nearly 30,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors to Salt Lake City each August. While we generally get the skinny on new bike stuff at the cycling trade shows, RoadBikeReview went in search of gear that crosses-over — and bacon covered ice cream.

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Cool – and Dry — Idea From Sugoi

The Canadian apparel maker is launching a new bike-specific rain jacket that, if it works as advertised, could forever change the way cyclists feel about on-bike raingear.

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New Smith Shades For On — and Off — Bike

Sun Valley, Idaho-based sunglasses Maker Smith Optics was at Bike PressCamp in Deer Valley showing off a new pair of shades, a new snowsports helmet, and teasing a product we can’t tell you about just yet.

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Gear of the Day: Rapha Arm Screens

At first we were skeptical about the usefulness of Rapha’s Arm Screens. But one ride in blast-furnace conditions in western Colorado changed our mind. Find our why.

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Fashion Show: Three Kits We Like

We see a lot of cycling kit, some of it good, some of it great, and some of it downright garish and gross. Here are three kits – in our opinion, at least – that reside solidly in the second category. Each combines appealing style with high-level functionality.

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Gear of the Day: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. LTD Jersey and Bib Shorts

When it comes to cycling kit, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Function, on the other hand, is a yes or no proposition. So make your own judgment about the looks of Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. LTD jersey and bib shorts, but know that function is top of the line.

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Primal Wear Details Helix Kit and its Give Back Program

In our on-going Sea Otter Classic video series, Primal Wear marketing director Tim Baker breaks down the highlights of the Helix jersey and bibs, and explains the company’s charitable Give Back Program.

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Sea Otter Tech Round-Up: Lake, Michelin, Focus, Smith

To the casual observer the Sea Otter Classic is about riding bikes, but savvy consumers know all to well that this springtime celebration of all things cycling has also become ground zero for new product launches. Here’s a look at just a few of the items that caught our eye. Lots more coming soon.

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Rapha Unveils Three Cool Retro Jerseys

Rapha has a host of new jerseys to show off. The hook this time around is the 1962 Tour de France podium, which marked the return of trade teams to the world’s greatest bike race. Previously, only national teams had battled it out on the roads in France.

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Aero Road Helmets Here To Stay

For better or worse, it looks like aero road helmets are here to stay. Though they may look like a prop from of a bad science fiction movie, this year they’ve rapidly become the brain-protector du jour for the professional peloton.

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Forum Report: Helmet Use, Gearing, and Cycling Socks

The Forum Report is a weekly round-up of the most talked about topics within the RoadBikeReview.com Forum, the world’s busiest road cycling forum. Find out what’s moving the needle this week.

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Review: G.S. Panache Fleece Bib Short & Leg Warmers

Looking for a top-end, winter weight bib short and leg warmer combination. The G.S. Panache Fleece Bib Short and Leg Warmers fit the bill.

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Quick Take: Lazer Magneto Sunglasses

Why you want: You get bothered by tight temple arms and would rather not have the arms of your sunglasses sitting on your ears and interfering with your helmet. Pros: Short arms with embedded magnets is a clever new way to attach eyewear to helmet straps. Lack of arms alleviates any discomfort from tight temple […]

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Quick Take: Capo Thermo Roubaix LF Gloves

Why you want: You ride year round and you’d like to avoid frostbitten digits. Pros: Long fingered coverage with Thermo Roubaix fabric featuring hollow core microfiber that traps air, effectively insulating your fingers without having to resort to thicker heavier materials. Silicone palm grip with tiny Capo logos helps maintain handlebar grip even in wet […]

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Quick Take: Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers

Why You Want: You ride your bike when it’s cold, you like being warm, and you’re a fan of Belgian cycling culture and its most famous emblem, the Lion of Flanders. Pros: Soft fleece lining is warm and comfortable on the skin. Four-way stretch, multi-panel chamois is made of antimicrobial fabric and has perineal relief […]

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Quick Take: Gore Xenon 2.0 Windstopper Active Shell Jacket

Why You Want: You’re looking for a stylish, slim fitting, wind-blocking jacket that’s good for temps in the 35-45-degree Fahrenheit range, and can be stuffed in a jersey pocket when not in use. Pros: Fit is trim and ergonomic, designed specifically for being bent over handlebars. Reflective piping and lettering on the back, chest and […]

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Gallery: Behind The Helmets and Sunglasses

Like football players, professional cyclists spend most of their “playing” time obscured by helmets. Most of them also wear sunglasses, making it even harder to see what these hardmen of the sport really look like. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the faces behind the racers. […]

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Quick Take: Smith PivLock V2 Max w/Photocromic Lenses

Why You Want: You’re looking for a pair of stylish, lightweight, distortion-free riding shades that come with an adjustable nosepiece and three lens options: clear, dark, and photochromic ignitor rose, which automatically adjust to varying light levels. Pros: Automatic-tint photochromic lens adjusts to most light conditions. Frameless design reduces weight and maximize peripheral vision. Switching […]

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Quick Take: Specialized Radiant Glove

Why You Want: You ride your bike in the winter, you like warm hands, you occasionally have a runny nose, and you want to operate your touchscreen smartphone without taking your gloves off. Pros: Cold weather, waterproof digit protector rated to 32 degrees. Features include grippy palm surface, reflective piping, elastic drawstring wrist cuff, and […]

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