Apparel Reviews and News


Photo Gallery: 2014 WorldTour Team Kits (Updated)

With the 2014 professional cycling season already underway, it’s time to take a look at the kit teams will be wearing this year. Check out this photo gallery and let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’ve just added Russia’s Team Katusha and will keep adding photos until all the WorldTour teams are included.

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Rapha Road Race Mesh Skinsuit (for Team Sky Only)

The crew from Team Sky are getting a new uniform option that’s specifically designed to beat the heat.

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Factory Tour: Inside Pearl Izumi’s New HQ Building

Best Christmas present you can give a company? How about a brand new 55,000-square foot state-of-the art building complete with a fitness room, locker room, showers, and expansive indoor bike storage.

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Women’s Test Team: Women’s Bibshorts Review Winners

After hundreds — if not thousands — of miles of saddle time, our discerning team of testers have selected their favorites. Find out which was No. 1 and No. 2, which was best for $200 or less, and which was best for potty breaks.

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Women’s Test Team: Women’s Bibshorts Review Part 2

In the second installment from the new RoadBikeReview.com Women’s Test Team, our quartet of discerning testers take a look at women’s bibshorts from Capo, Castelli, Panache, Primal Wear and Rapha.

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Women’s Test Team: Women’s Bibshorts Review Part 1

In the first installment from the new RoadBikeReview.com Women’s Test Team, our quartet of discerning testers take a look at women’s bibshorts from Hincapie Sportswear, Pearl Izumi and Assos.

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Review: POC DID Sunglasses

After winning the 2012 Giro d’Italia, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal had great aspirations for the 2013 Giro and Tour de France. But crashes, illness and other maladies laid waste to his hopes. However, the Canadian still made a tremendous impact in France with his choice of eyewear.

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Interbike 2013: Six Cyclocross Race Day Essentials

You have a bike, skinsuit, gloves, helmet and the other cyclocross basics. Now it’s time to round out your gear portfolio with these six essentials that will help separate you from the field on — and off — the bike.

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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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