The HT.A line from PRIMAL is one of the nicest on/ off bike collections of apparel I've seen. The best part is that the District Hardshell jacket, Ogunde cargo pants, Longsleeve Henley pullover, and Coltrane Jacket are all designed to be ridden - but are just as comfy and useful off the bike.
The Alpha jacket is Castelli's smart take on an old problem - cold weather protection for cycling. It's design combines a wind & water repellent outer layer with a breathable vest-like inner layer that could very well be the way to the future - here's the PEZ review.
High performing fabric that’s race ready has been developed with 'Frog Skin' nanotechnology for their Cycling Bib shorts; some jersey designs enhance rider safety; every garment has a percentage of recycled materials; and OORR is pledging a percentage of profit to underprivileged children in South Africa.
Castelli's Tempesta line promises 100% waterproof protection with lightweight, extreme weather gear made from new fabrics from eVent & OutDry - here's a closer look. It's been almost a year that I've been riding Castelli's lightweight, breathable and durable Tempesta rainjacket - which is perfect time to update this article.
Verge Sport - makers of custom technical cycling apparel since 1999 are a brand who's profile might be a lot higher if they sponsored a Pro Tour team, but making and delivering pro tour level kit for local teams and riders suits them just fine.
The R-EV1 jersey and bibshorts are the newest addition to Alé Bikewear's fast growing line of top quality cycling kit for the road. It's priced at the mid-range, but delivers to a higher level on design, fit and construction - here's a closer look.
The Aero Race 5.1 jersey and Inferno bib shorts from Castelli offer light weight, high breathability, and form & fabrics designed to save real watts of energy... they're also damn well suited to a spin class. Here's why...
Mavic has fully endorsed creating gear for epic rides. The proof was at their 2016 global gear launch in Jackson WY, when they revealed the new Kysrium Pro jersey & bibshorts, designed to make those long rides a lot more comfortable.
Castelli's new Free Aero Race Bibshort has been redesigned from the bottom up, inside out, and top down, and back to front - it's a brand new bibshort named after their best selling bibshort ever. Early Spring here at PEZ HQ means I've logged a few good rides in 'em and they've impressed enough to warrant a stand alone review.
If you haven't noticed, Bellwether Clothing is back, and their newest top-line cycling jersey & bibshorts are worth noticing. A resurgence in their R&D raised our eyebrows a couple years back and after some solid miles in their Optime kit, we remain impressed.
Maybe the best part of Fall is testing kit for cold weather. The latest winter cycling kit from Castelli has been here for a few weeks, and helped me on more than a few cold rides. Here's a close look at their Diluvio Deluxe glove, Free jacket, Sorpasso Wind bibtights, Flanders LS base layer, and Diluvio Allroad Shoecover.
The 2013 Interbike cycling trade show is long over but this is Pez... And true bike geeks very simply can just keep geeking out on gear for a virtual eternity... here's Ritchey’s Logical new bits, De Marchi’s old and new school and Felt’s new Aero solution.
A few decades ago, a thought started in a humble bike shop, went into a wind tunnel as a carbon race frame and came out as arguably the finest cycling clothing available. “Ace” (Assos) have come a looong way without ever leaving a house in Switzerland… Here's a close look at their T FI.13 S5 bibshorts, SS.Mangussta S7 jersey, S7 arm & leg Warmers, and Climaschutz vest.
A look through Castelli’s current winter catalogue reveals a huge collection of cold weather technical riding gear. I’ve had a bunch if it on test, so here’s a closer look at the Gabba WS Longsleeve & Trasparente Due Wind Jerseys, an update on the Polare bib tight, short sleeve Iride Base T Short sleeve, Diluvio16 shoe covers, and the Estremo long finger gloves.
Castelli offers one of the largest selections of riding gear around – with something for every temp and riding condition. I’ve spent the last few weeks testing gear from the winter range: the Espresso Due & Pazzo jackets, Polare bib tight, Colpo long-sleeve jersey, merino wool long-sleeve base, Diluvio shoe covers, Risvolto thermal cap, and Meccanico wool sweater.
The Padrone jersey and bibs shorts are Capo's topline compression fabric based kit, and show the evolution and extension of the brand Capo can be proud of, and most guys should feel pretty good wearing. I also look at new base layers, super light wind vest & arm warmers, socks, and their new Pittards leather gloves.
Gore Wind Stopper soft shell stuff is just right for the 'cold but not too cold' riding we have right about now (in Arizona at least). Pretty much anyone who goes outside for sport know Gore. Their "Tex" and "Stopper" stuff set a standard used in high end product from loads of companies.
The problem of what to wear on a ride isn’t so much about choice, as finding what’s right for you. For guys who don’t wanna look Euro-pro wannabe, there are choices too. Enter DeathRow Velo – a company as much about attitude as it is about making kit for riding and racing that has style, and makes good fiscal sense.