Apparel Reviews and News


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.

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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. […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

Capo Active Compression Socks

Capo for spring 2012 is introducing a new line of socks aptly named Active Compression Socks. The new socks offer a graduated compression starting in the footbed and extending all the way to the cuff to promote better blood flow and circulation – reducing muscle fatigue and shortening the recovery period. The Active Compression Socks […]

Read More »

Dual Eyewear Cycling Oriented Sunglass Bifocals

The bicycle dates back to the early 1800′s, bifocals date back even earlier, but it wouldn’t be until 2011 when Louis Viggio would bring the two together. Viggio, no stranger to the bike industry, discovered he could no longer read the small numbers on his bike computer and cell phone while out for a ride. […]

Read More »

John Cardiel x Chrome Travel Collection

Love by nature…Live by luck…Ride with passion Over the weekend, RoadBikeReview attended the Cardiel Attack Series Launch Party at the Chrome store in San Francisco, CA. Although the rain was pouring down, it didn’t keep the crowds away. People were out in full force, there to admire and celebrate John Cardiel’s new line for Chrome, […]

Read More »

Sugoi RS and RSE Jersey and Bib Short Pro Review

Sugoi RS and RSE Jersey and Bib Short Pro Review – by Steve Cooper As a cyclist, married to a cyclist, we have dinner conversations that can baffle our non-riding friends. Discussion about cleat and pedal choices, upgraded groups, different gearing, hill repeat schedules and endurance distance route planning for example… The honey-do list includes […]

Read More »

Best Cycling Bike Gifts: Sunglasses

Welcome to the RoadBikeReview Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below […]

Read More »