Apparel Reviews and News


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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Rapha-FOCUS Team Edition Oakley Radarlock and Frogskins

If you’ve been following the cyclocross scene this year, you’ve undoubtedly noticed these custom Oakley RadarLocks on Rapha-Focus team riders Gabby Day, Zach McDonald, Jeremy Powers, Julie Krasniak and Chris Jones. The RadarLock first debuted earlier this spring as the latest member of Oakley’s Switchlock lineup. Switchlock allows users to change their lenses quickly, but […]

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Giro Pneumo Helmet Officially Back in the Lineup

Returning by popular demand is the Giro Pneumo Road Helmet. The Pneumo road helmet was discontinued years ago, but the loyal following never disappeared. For these loyalists, Giro is bringing the Pneumo back. The 2013 Pneumo will be available later this year in it’s ever popular shape and sizing. Still constructed using an In-Mold carbon […]

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Cycling Apparel Company Voler to Help those Affected by Sandy

The last time I was out on a ride, I came across a cyclist down on the side of the road, my initial reaction was to ask if they’re ok and if they’ve got everything they need. As cyclists, we often look out for our fellow cyclists. Whether it’s a tube, tool, or just some […]

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Primal Signs 5-year Agreement with RAGBRAI

Primal is official apparel sponsor, ‘Friend’ of legendary Iowa ride A long-established relationship with one of the country’s most iconic cycling events will continue well into the future, as Primal announced today that the apparel-maker has signed a five-year agreement with RAGBRAI – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™ – to be the […]

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POC Enters Road Market with Tempor

The Tempor is POC’s first step towards entering the highly contested road racing market. The unique aero helmet was developed with Sweden’s Gustav Larsson, using extensive simulations including advanced aerodynamics and kinetics.

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Mission Workshop Trigger and Torre Jackets

Mission Workshop showed us two new apparel pieces at Interbike this year. The Trigger for $285 and the Torre for $235.

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Tifosi Optics Launches 2013 Lineup

Van from Tifosi runs down the upcoming 2013 lineup of optics from the Georgia based eyewear company. The Podium, in stores June 2012, allows an unobstructed line of vision for the wearer, a great advantage for triathlon

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Chrome Launches Fixed Free Series – Delta and District

Chrome Industries is proud to introduce the new Fixed Free series that hits stores and online today. The Delta and District are a perfect fit into the Chrome line with their big mouths that are great hauling twelve packs to 3 ring binders. Compression strap expands 50%. Integrated pockets for laptop, iPad and phone. Both […]

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Chrome Releases New Era Snap-backs

Releasing today, Chrome brings city flavor to the New Era Snapbacks and pops-out with color ways for each Chrome HUB store. The Chrome x New Era HUB Collection pays tribute to the local baseball team for each Chrome HUB location, the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox.

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Betabrand Bike to Work Britches Review

We realize that bike-specific jeans (bike-to-work jeans) are not a typical product we’d review here at RoadbikeReview. Most bike-to-work jeans, while being functional, are much too skinny for this reviewer to even consider wearing, or they aren’t made of jean material, which also immediately disqualifies them from being considered. In this case, the Betabrand Bike […]

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Mission Workshop’s Arkiv Field Pack Now Available

Mission Workshop announced today the availability of their Arkiv Field Pack. We were able to see a pre-production model last month and could not be more excited to see this pack in production. Being huge fans of the the existing Vandal already, we see the Arkiv packs modular system as an evolutionary step. The new […]

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Bell Gage to Make Racing Debut at Flanders

In just a few short hours, the BMC Racing Team’s classics squad including Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd, Alessandro Ballan, and Greg Van Avermaet will be lining up at the start line to contend for the win at the 2012 Tour of Flanders. On their heads will be the new Bell Gage helmet, it’ll be the […]

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